Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Salon: We love the wild onion

 Good morning my friends!  Well, we arrived back in Orlando yesterday after four days in Chicago (the name, by the way, was derived from an Indian term meaning "wild onion").  It was a whirlwind of fun with our business associates and friends, but I fear my body wouldn't be able to stand too many more days of that kind of behavior. 

The weather was gorgeous...highs in the 70's, versus your typical misery of 95 degrees in FL.  We did alot of walking, a little bit of shopping on the Magnificent Mile, and some sight-seeing.  We had to take a peek at the new 26-foot tall statue of Marilyn Monroe on Michigan Avenue.  Yes, she is wearing panties.  We rode the massive Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier, walked through the Lincoln Park Zoo, we visited the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows (featuring some great Tiffany stuff), and went on an architectural boat tour down the Chicago River. 

We did alot of eating and drinking, including one night when I got my absolute favorite dish on earth...Dover Sole.  We went bar-hopping and dancing.  One night, when we were having drinks at Ditka's and listening to their very talented one-man show, we spotted Dennis Farina (famous for his portrayal of cops and mobsters in TV and movies) and moved in on him.  His wife was gracious, and he seemed pleased with the attention.  At times like these, I thank God for the invention of IMDB and Wikipedia.  We knew his shoe size before we went up to talk to him.
 

That was a big highlight, let me tell you what.  Such a handsome guy.

And all the while we were carousing, my poor parents were shuttling and feeding my children, dealing with
So did I get any reading done at all?  Yes, actually I did!  I finished Jaquelyn Mitchard's "Second Nature", which was good (but not as good as "Deep End of the Ocean").  I have now started my much-anticipated review copy of Marisa de los Santos' "Falling Together", which releases in early October.  That woman makes magic. 

On audio, I did finish "Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?" by Steven Tyler.  Now THAT was entertaining.  I learned more from that book than a year of high school I think.  I reveled in informing all my friends all kinds of trivia, from the cost of a camel to unmentionable things Jimi Hendrix did with a microphone.  I now have just started listening to "Between Shades of Grey" by Ruta Sepetys, and the jury is still out on the narrator.  She is sounding a little too high-talking and shrill but maybe she will grow on me. 

Sending out prayers and support to all my friends living on the Eastern Seaboard, and hoping that Irene leaves everyone with power and minimal damage.  We've lived through some hurricane horrors down here, so please know that I can empathize.  As I've been telling everyone, if you have batteries, wine and propane, you are good to go.

I've been attempting to keep sort of up with your posts but I've not been very consistent.  I will be back in action next week.  Besides hiding indoors and watching the world blow by, what is everyone up to today?   

 

20 comments:

Jenny said...

Wow, when did they add that statue and why?? I was there in April of 2010.. we really enjoyed the architecture boat tour. That's so cool you saw that guy! (Although I don't know if I know how he is, lol.. but he looks familiar).

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

I've been trying to get to The Windy for a long time, now. I am a southern gal, these days and the warmer I can get the better!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

The cooler temps sound delightful right now. We are scorching here. Yesterday was a recordbreaking 109 degrees in Houston! Eek.

Here's my Sunday Salon: Friendship Bread---Starter for a Book Club in My Town.

C.B. James said...

Is the Smith Museum new? I thought I went to every museum in Chicago during the month I spent there some years ago, but I missed that one. Isn't Chicago grand. I loved it.

Nice to know that about Marilyn, too. ;-P

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Oh rats! I was going to start the de los Santos yesterday but I thought, no, I'll wait for Sandy! Alas...

I must say you and Dennis make a lovely couple! I loved on FB when a number of people didn't know who he was!!!

Gavin said...

Sounds like a great trip and the photo of you and Dennis is fabulous.

Trisha said...

It sounds like you had an awesome Chicagoey time!

bermudaonion said...

What a fun trip! I don't think I could keep up with you!

Zibilee said...

Chicago sounds like it was a blast! You got a chance to do so many neat things, and I can't help but be envious of your star-sighting. I bet it's good to be back though. I love the statue as well. I have always had sort of girl-crush on Marilyn. I hope you have a great week, and get yourself all ready for trip number 2!

Page said...

My parents lived in Chicago for 10 years and it's a fun town to visit. Glad you had a great time.

Alyce said...

That statue is cool! I've never been to Chicago but hope to visit someday. Glad you had fabulous weather too!

Is Dover Sole something you get to have often since it's your favorite? It's my favorite fish too, but that's not saying much since I really don't like fish that much.

Julie P. said...

You sure know how to live! ;)

Melody said...

Sounds like a fun trip you had, Sandy! And that's so great that you get to meet Dennis Farina!

CLM said...

I just finished Falling Together and really enjoyed it!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Your trip sounds so fun! How hilarious that you ran into a movie star and were able to look him up on imdb before talking to him. I don't know what I did before imdb.

Jenners said...

Love that photo!!
What a weird statue!!
Your hurricane advice is wonderful!!
And I just saw that Marisa has a new book coming out … so excited! I'm requesting it from Amazon Vine.

caite said...

Mr. Farina is best loved for his role on Law and Order...every episode of which I know by heart.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I love your Sunday Salon posts - it's like sitting down and having a really quick cup of coffee (or a mimosa) with you!

Kathleen said...

Sounds and looks like a GREAT trip!

Alice Teh said...

What can I say? Great trip!

I love that Marilyn Monroe statue!

I didn't know Orlando is wild onion!