Usually, I take Lake Shore Drive to Lower Wacker when I go to UIC, but on a whim I decided to take Irving Park Road to the Kennedy. And promptly ran into a traffic jam caused by a partial lane closure thanks to our friends at Nicor:
This looks more like the town I grew up in than the near southwest side of Chicago, aka “University Village.” Uh, village my ass. But, yeah, these are the cobblestone streets I mentioned in my last blog:
The view of downtown from the parking garage on Maxwell Street was pretty sweet today. This is what I saw at approximately 2:30pm — yes, I left the doctor’s office at 2:30pm when I had an 11am appointment — and it was so pretty I stopped and just kinda stared for a while:
And then I decided to stop by First Slice Cafe for a piece of pie and a salad and black bean tamales (to go, since I’d spent an aeon at the doctor’s office). I love the lettering on the signs:
And I wanted to take a bath — and, in fact, I’d run a bubble bath — but somehow I got sidetracked (hey, funny things can happen when a gal’s walking around her apartment naked) and instead I high-tailed to the Eyebrow Nazi:
At intermission (or is it only called an “intermission” for a play, and with music it’s a “set break”… ah, I digress), Sober Mama and I decided to leave early because I was exhausted… but a woman named Carla who we’d met earlier in the evening took our picture:
After driving Sober Mama home (and encountering this odd minivan driver who tried to inspire me to road rage, and then I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw his passenger snorting coke off the dashboard…), I made it back to my humble abode:
In retrospect, I should have just devoted an entire day to Whim Day and not tried to fit it in around all sorts of other obligations, but it was still fun doing what I could to capture my spontaneous side.