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WIP Wednesday

Here it is Wednesday again. I’ve completed 3 of the 4 items for my friend, and hope to finish the last one tonight when I get off of the computer.

The big WIP completed this week was not by me but for me. My friend Leslie completed the beautiful lace shawl she was making for me.

Here is the link: singlestitchknit.com/2015/11/16/percy-shawl-challenge-done

Leslie does fabulous lace work, you have to go to her site (above) to see all the details. I grabbed one of her pictures of my shawl to pique your interest.

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The dinosaur hat fit my son’t godson perfectly, so I was very pleased. I am going to make Santa hats and snowmen for the NICU babies and plan to make Cooper one also since I know his size now.

I am going to make 2 ear warmers for one of the gals at work next. I hope to start the first one tonight.

Then I have 2 more Christmas gifts to complete in the next couple of weeks. Busy but fun times; the holidays are my favorite time of the year. But I could do without the snow ūüôā

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Paramount Theater in Aurora, IL Never Disappoints

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We went with our best friends to the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas concert at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, IL last Saturday. If you read yesterday’s post I talked a bit about it, but was so focused on the sock incident I decided to wait until today to talk about the actual event.

Let me say first of all that I love Mannheim Steamroller Christmas songs. The band meets orchestra sound is very pleasing to me when it is the carols I know and love. But, when it is music from their “Fresh Aire” albums that is a different story. It isn’t rock, it isn’t big band, it isn’t an orchestra and it just isn’t for me. The crowd loved it and that is great. I am thinking the audience on Saturday would have mostly hated the Foo Fighter concert so I can appreciate different strokes (or music) for different folks makes the world go ’round.

What I did  enjoy was spending time in my favorite theater. The Paramount Theater was built in 1931. The Art Deco style has been beautifully refurbished and an addition was completed in 2006.

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This is one of the murals on the side walls.

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This is one side of the ceiling and part of the balcony.

It always makes me nostalgic to attend events at the Paramount because it is the first theater I remember going to when I was little. My aunt took me to see the new Disney movie “Mary Poppins” there when it was released.

In the early 1980s my middle sons were in a summer theater program and performed “The King and I” before a sold out audience. I worked behind the scenes helping all of the “king’s kids” with make-up, hair and costuming.

So even though the show was not quite what I expected.  the theater was fabulous, the time spent with friends priceless and the evening filled with laughter and song. It was a great way to spend a Saturday night.

 

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Wandering Weekends: Mystery Picture Putting Me Off

I was going to do today’s post on the Mannheim Steamroller concert last night, but I’ll save that for tomorrow.

The concert was ok, the venue is awesome. But as we were waiting to file out after the sold-out show, one of our group glanced down at floor of the row behind us and this is what they saw. They cracked up and had to share it with the rest of us.

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Yup, there is a program from the performance, a an empty glass with a crumpled up napkin inside and a pair of men’s socks. Oh yeah, ¬†a pair of socks!?! Did the guy behind us get hot during the performance? Did he have a spare pair in his pocket and drop them? Was he using them for mittens if he got cold? Were they in his wife’s purse in case of emergency and she accidentally dropped them when getting out a contraband box of Junior Mints???

So many questions and no answers. But we had a lot of fun imagining what happened. And why someone would bring AND drop a pair of socks at an indoor concert in a classic theater.

Do you have any ideas? Be sure to share your thoughts ūüôā

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Friday the Gateway to Weekend Fun

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Fridays are the springboard to the¬†weekend. I think of all of the things I have to do and want to do over the next two days and the possibilities are endless. Ok, not endless, I have to sleep a bit. And do a few things I really don’t want to do that have to be done. You know, pay a few bills, grocery shopping and perhaps something like routine blood work.

But we try and do some fun and/or relaxing things on the weekend also. We have some friends that we usually see on Saturday nights “date night”. Usually we have dinner and a movie. This weekend we are going to the Paramount in Aurora to see the Christmas Performance of Mannheim Steamroller. I am really looking forward to it even though it is breaking my rule of no Christmas shows before the day after Thanksgiving. Sometimes I need to be flexible, especially where live performances are involved.

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This weekend will also include Family Night on Friday. This is dinner with my Dad, Great Aunt, Aunt and Uncle and assorted cousins and sons depending upon who is available. It is the perfect start to the weekend. And tomorrow after some car repairs for my cousin, we plan to have lunch with 2 or our 3 sons.

Sunday we are going to see the newest Bond movie with my Aunt and Uncle. We’ve been to every Bond movie with them since the 70’s. It is a tradition!

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Sometime this weekend I have to get my new treadmill hooked to the WiFi and set up. Our old one konked out after a mere 15 years of use. LOL I was impressed we used it enough to wear it out. My key for walking everyday on it is to watch a series that i will not allow myself to watch unless I am walking on the treadmill. I am just starting the third season of Game of Thrones and am totally hooked on it!

I will squeeze some writing time and some knitting it – oh and of course read a bit. I guess that is about 3¬†& 1/2 days of things to do that will have to be squeezed into the 2. I’ll need a weekend to get over my weekend of fun.

What are your plans?

(all photos found on Google Images – what would I do without Google?!)

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Wandering Weekends: Morton’s Arboretum

This year we purchased¬†a membership to Morton’s Arboretum in the Chicago suburbs. We’ve been there a few times and since both of us are really trying to exercise more, it seemed like pretty place with nice trails to get some of those miles in. Getting the pass was a no-brainer, if you go more that twice it is paid for and the membership is tax deductible – win/win in my book.

We were actually going to go last weekend, but Saturday it rained for hours and was cold. AND was Halloween. Not a good combo for walking among the trees. So this morning was a crisp 50 degrees with brilliant blue skies and sunshine. All set to enjoy the fall weather and colors in the trees, we grabbed the camera and headed out.

Remember the previous paragraph when I said it rained for hours the week before. I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life and know better than to think those leaves would all still be hanging on the branches waiting for us to get around to seeing them. There were a few stragglers that were still colorful, but most of the trees were bare.

The walk was still delightful and it was easier to see birds, squirrels and even a coyote that was pretty far from us. Luckily my hubby has a lens on his camera that caught the coyote during his lunch of apparent mice in the field he was in.

Here are a few of the pictures, hope you all enjoy them

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These leaves hung on until we got there!

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Crabapple Lake

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Hiding from other squirrels behind a tree. LOL

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He is pretty far away – but that is ok with us.

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Wandering Weekends: Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, IL

We like to go places and do things. Hubby love to take pictures, I love to write…that is how Wandering Weekend Blog posts began. Hope you enjoy the first in (hopefully) a weekly series.

 

Have you ever been to Chicago? Maybe you live in or near the City. Yes, I know that isn’t normally capitalized, but when you live in Illinois, Chicago is often called “the City” or “Downtown”. We live 45 minutes – give or take traffic and construction time – and go in often.

There are tons of things to do and see. Some attractions don’t cost anything, Lincoln Park Zoo is has free admission every day. Others cost crazy amounts of cash. A recent concert had prices up to and probably exceeding 6 figures. So pick your price range and choose something fun to do.

A few weeks ago we went into the Museum of Science and Industry. Located at 5700 S Lake Shore Drive, it is easy to find from all the expressways. They are open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular Admission is $11 for children 3-11, $18 for adults and $17 for seniors 65 & over. Parking is convenient, but not cheap Р$22.00 flat fee. Before you purchase tickets, go online and check Groupon. I got a membership for our family that includes parking for less than the cost of 2 visits. There are also free days for Illinois residents. Follow this link to find out when: http://www.msichicago.org/visit-the-museum/museum-info/admission/free-days/

Because the museum has always been a part of my life it is easy to overlook the rich history it provides, as well as how many people have enjoyed it over the years. According to the website:

‚ÄúThe Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Since opening our doors in 1933, we‚Äôve welcomed more than 180 million guests from around the world.‚ÄĚ

It is also the only remaining major building from the 1893 World’s Fair.¬†¬†“… the Palace of Fine Arts (as it was known), which was built to showcase artworks, remained. The backside of the museum (over-looking Jackson Park Lagoon) was actually the front of the palace during the fair, and the color of the exterior was changed during renovations. But the building looks almost exactly the way it did in 1893. Some of the light posts from the fair still illuminate the museum campus.” (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-07-02/features/0407020064_1_world-s-fair-science-and-industry-ferris-wheel)¬†Fans of Erik Larson’s book,¬†The Devil in The White City¬†will love the connection.

There are so many things to see, it would take days to enjoy all of them. We decided to take our time since we have a membership and plan on coming back within a few months. We started on the first floor, checking out the restoration work on one of the airplanes on exhibit. This 1941 German Stuka is one of two in existence today.  It was given to the MSI in 1946 from the British Secret Service and looking closely you can still see the bullet holes in the skin of the plane from the last mission it flew.

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We went to the special exhibit, Numbers in Nature. No extra charges to go through it, but you do have to get an assigned time so be sure to get a ticket at the kiosk right by the entrance to the exhibit. The mirror maze was fun and looked like it was filled with electric blue trees.

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Another one of my favorites is Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle. It began in 1928 with a teeny tiny book and grew to priceless work of art. It amazed me as a child, and as an adult I see something new each time I visit. It has been at the MIS since 1949, and recently they renovated/cleaned the entire castle. They documented the process and it is amazing to read about and watch the video.

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Some of the other exhibits we visited that day were the Great Train Story (a 3,500 square foot¬†model¬†railroad)., Farm Tech (very cool machinery for kids & adults), Streets of Yesteryear (a cobblestone block of stores & shops ‚Äď that includes a working soda shop) and a quick zip through the space exhibit in the Henry Crown Space Center.

After 5 fun hours we were on our way home after seeing only a fraction of the exhibits available at the Museum. Plan ahead if there is something you really don‚Äôt want to miss, or just mosey through the connecting halls and exhibits to see what you find. The ‚Äúhands on‚ÄĚ learning and fun facts will make this a favorite family destination.

 

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