Friday, February 25, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Volume 31

The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.

Today is mostly about The Windy City (which, according to my husband, derives from the political climate, rather than the actual weather... but my hair would beg to differ), plus a couple of bits of random weirdness just to keep you off-balance and remind you of the true purpose of 7 Quick Takes.


We just got back from a quick trip to Chicago.

And of all the things there are to love about living in our current location, the fact that we can take a "quick trip to Chicago" is right near the top.


This time, what made the trip even better was getting there by train. Sure, it takes a little longer. But not having to 1) drive in the insanity that is Chicago traffic or 2) sell a kidney to pay for parking made it totally worth the extra time.


The main purpose for the trip was to see Les Misérables (see take #6 here), but we also managed to pack in a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Both were great — but if you've never seen Les Misérables onstage, you need to do so. Posthaste.

Seriously, buy your tickets now. Right now. Take #4 will still be here when you get back.


So, reading about last weekend's concert, plus this week's theatre and art museum visits, might lead one to believe we are big culture snobs.

In reality, the closest we usually get to culture is yogurt.


Need proof? Between the hotel and the museum, we took a quick trip through Milennium Park, where we walked through Cloud Gate (aka, The Bean) (OK, that still sounds a little culture-snobby)... and watched the Zamboni groom the ice rink.

And between the park and the museum, the topic of conversation was Ferris Bueller's Day Off.


Moving on from the Chicago trip (for now)... have you ever wondered why we say "OK"?

Or how to spell it?

There are many theories as to the expression's origin.

I learned about the "Old Kinderhook" theory in junior high school, and that's why I always spell it the way I do (initials only, no punctuation).


And now... for something completely different:

Happy Friday, friends!


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