Let me say first off that in my ideal world, these holidays would be true holidays in that EVERYBODY would get the day off. At least in the United States, most holidays are great for those of us who work in offices or are self-employed, but if you work in food service or retail, it’s just another day. I wish that could change, and that those people could also have holidays… sigh…
That said, Belovedest and I slept late, and then roused ourselves and walked out to get on the Metra train south, in the train station just 2 blocks from us:
In 20 minutes, we were in Hyde Park. Home of the former president. Home of the University of Chicago. Home of the best bookstores in Chicago, no possible competition imaginable. (I’ve walked most of the streets of this city, and I know what stores are where!) Home of some of the most beautiful tree-lined streets, old homes and university buildings, amazing architecture… sigh…
It’s dark, it’s cluttered, and it serves the world’s biggest breakfasts, all day! What’s not to love…
I’ve been diligently logging calories for weeks – my target per day in 1365, which is a pretty small number, once you start actually eating. So in a fit of “this is my weekly day to ignore my calories,” this is my breakfast:
However, we still had a lot of ground to cover, so being fueled was probably smart. The entire purpose of our trip (aside from breakfast) was to go to Seminary Co-op, arguably the most amazing bookstore in the world. We both had lists….
What did we get? Well… my choices were:
I’m sort of a history geek, and a fan of France. But you know that!
Then, we decided to walk home… It’s a good 8+ miles if you walk in a straight line. We managed to put in about 13 miles, including all of our various wanderings. Just for reference, I live in the downtown, and this was the view from near our starting point:
It was a lovely walk; the lakefront was full of people picnicking, playing games, or just sitting and looking out at the water. Everybody was friendly and happy, and we saw lots of lovely little kids. It was truly what a holiday should be…
So now I’ve showered off all of the sunscreen and I’m sitting at my computer with a cocktail in hand, giving thanks for the life that I have. This, indeed, is a holiday for which I’m grateful!
love to all,