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2013-07-04 10.59.30

to start, my AMAZING outfit. I had about seven people compliment me on my outfit. It was pretty spectacular, ngl, but as the resident America Lover of the World, I feel like my outfit has to kick everyone else's outfit's ass.

i took the L downtown, not knowing what my plan was. Some guy said, "ma'am, you can sit down if you would like," which I was like, hMM THAT GUY SEEMS LIKE HE'S FROM TEXAS because he called me ma'am. Anyway, it was him, his wife, and his three daughters. One of the daughters was wearing really adorable chacos, and i told her so.

After about five minutes, I noticed that one of the girls was wearing flip-flops that said "Bushland" on them. Bushland, as in Bushland, Texas, as in, right outside of Amarillo. So I asked them, and sure enough, the oldest daughter is friends with the daughter of the family my parents are having dinner with tonight. (Some of my parents' best friends who are also not co-traegers)

2013-07-04 12.16.43
first i took a trip to grant park, then i went to the millenium park part of grant park and watched children run through the creepy faces fountain.

then i started to get bored of watching children run through the creepy faces fountain and it was too crowded to people-watch by the bean in the sun, so I headed north...where I was promptly ENAMORED with the giant flag on the Wrigley Building, which you see above.

2013-07-04 12.21.29
Like seriously, guys, it was THE BEST.

I started wandering around trying to take the best possible picture of me and this damn flag.

At some point, I decided to take one of the architectural tours of the lake. I know [ profile] courtknees1 wanted to go, but MAN SHE SHOULD HAVE. It was great. A little pricey, but seeing as I'm not drinking my body weight in beer tonight, I figured i could swing this instead.

2013-07-04 12.31.15
new meets old

(trump tower/wrigley building)

patrick kane lives in trump tower, on a floor so high i don't think i could go in for fear of heights.

2013-07-04 12.45.08
I had a woman take this picture of me. It was awful. I'm sticking to selfies for the rest of this adventure.

2013-07-04 13.24.05
Turns out it was a tour of the lake and the river. Also note my finger, which is fabulous.

It was SUCH a beautiful day. The sky was deep--the clouds were big and fluffy and the sky was bright, without being TOO hot.

2013-07-04 13.38.26
As I was walking downtown, and as I saw the skyline from the lake...I don't know, it gave me feelings. Like. I *chose* this city. I choose to live here over any other place in the world, and as I watched the people and as I saw the buildings climb to the sky, and as I heard the stories of the people who created this city, I realized WHY this is my place and why I chose it. I can't tell you why...I can't even describe the feeling, but it was like nostalgia and euphoria and pride all at once, swelling in my heart.

2013-07-04 13.39.10
me and a giant row of flags at navy pier. (from the boat, obvs)

2013-07-04 13.39.24
I can't explain how it makes me feel, but you may have had that feeling before. I had it all of today.

2013-07-04 14.05.07
I swear I'm supposed to be smiling here but it doesn't look like it. Whatevs.

NBC Tower. Designed to look like 30 Rock, but...not 30 Rock. Because I had to.

Then I wandered around River North for about an hour, saw lots of nuns?, and back down into the loop, then home. I stopped and grabbed a hamburger from Clark St. Dog which is a little out of the way, but I wanted a hamburger on July 4th, so I was going to have one.

Date: 2013-07-04 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
After this wonderful post all I have to ask is this: What are chacos?

No, seriously, celebrating Chicago/America/singledom fabulously!

Date: 2013-07-04 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Chacos are a sports sandal, used commonly by hikers or people who like white-water rafting. They leave you with funky zs for tan lines on your foot if you wear them frequently.

All of my friends wear them as they are outdoorsy people and I resisted for quite some time. But then my feet started hurting. They have crazy good arch support...and now they're pretty much the only shoes I wear outside of work. The arch support and the heel support are second to none. A bit pricey, but they are known to last forever. I've had mine for about a year now, and despite wearing them with increased frequency, they still look brand new. I can't figure it out.

Date: 2013-07-04 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Today seems like a good day for a boat tour.

Date: 2013-07-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was a really fantastic tour day. So many people on the lake, and the tour boat was filled but not packed.

It was a 90-minute tour, and I kept singing the Gilligan's Island theme song in my head. I think everyone thought I was crazy because I was on this boat tour by myself? And apparently it's one of those things that you're supposed to do with other people? I don't know, people are the worst.

Date: 2013-07-04 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is adorable and gave me a lot of feelings about Chicago. I love the architectural tours. Did they make jokes about Wisconsin? From my recollection, they loved to make jokes about Wisconsin.

Date: 2013-07-04 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not today. Today they made jokes about St. Louis and how we sent all the shitty water down the Mississippi and it's okay because St. Louis got its revenge and now they bottle that shitty water and sell it as Budweiser.


Date: 2013-07-05 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do know that feeling! I always had it in DC and it's a wonderful sensation as a newly minted adult. I kinda miss it now, actually, now that I'm thinking about it...

Date: 2013-07-05 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's weird. But I guess I chose it and I've lived in a lot of places and I never got to choose it before.

That, and walking around looking up at buildings and seeing all the people who have lives and their own stories...I'm a short person, but there's something wonderful about feeling so tiny in a big city.

Like I'm still young and earnest and whatever. I don't plan on losing the enthusiasm and energy and earnestness any time soon. But you never know when/how these things will fade.

Date: 2013-07-05 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love the outfit, and the enthusiasm. Looks like a really fun day.

Date: 2013-07-05 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thank you. You know how enthusiastic I am. It was such a great day, though now my face and ears are crazy stuffed and my nose is sunburned which doesn't help with the stuffy nose. :( Oh well. Happy Birthday, America. Sorry your party is so lame.

Date: 2013-07-05 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
aww, sounds like a great day. If only I'd gotten to do that architectural tour! Dad was very disappointed that I didn't.

Date: 2013-07-05 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Amber/America OTP. Also, let's you and me get together and go stalk nuns for reasons. Thank you.
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