Sunday, March 28, 2010

my lovely day spent with an axe murderer

the Field Museum
When I announced to the Hubby that I was going to meet one of my bloggie friends in real life, he wasn't very pleased.

He actually gave this "look" that said "are you crazy? you've got to be kidding!" and didn't say anything else (or maybe I didn't give him the chance). I immediately blurted out "it's not like she's an axe murderer!" and he responded "I was thinking more along the lines of a chain saw." Mac was a little more vocal about her concerns (surprised?) and insisted I take her pepper spray along for protection (which I forgot).

But I wasn't going to be talked out of it.

rxBambi was one of (if not the first) of my non family/ friends followers when I started blogging. And I've been a loyal follower of her since then too.

one of the lions outside the Art Museum
Plus my thinking was "we will be in downtown Chicago at some public places, what's the worst that could happen?"
The thing I worried about most was acting like a total looser and not knowing what to say. I'm not a very funny/ quick witted/ talkative person in real life. I consider myself a pretty quiet loner type who loves to just look and listen to the people and things around her. So needless to say, I was pretty nervous.
We made plans to meet at Shedd's Aquarium. And Bambi brought her teenage girls along. Turns out she was a little concerned I might be an ax murderer too!
I made the silly decision to walk from the Metra station to Shedd's. It seemed like it took forever (or maybe I was just anxious). By the time I got there Bambi and the girls were already in line (a huge spring break over an hour long line).
Shedd's was crazy busy and I figure Bambi had all kinds of opportunities to ditch me if she wanted to (just kidding she would never do that). We looked at as many fish and avoided stepping on hundreds of little kids as is humanly possible, and then left for lunch.
After lunch we headed over to the Field Museum and met up with (a couple more would-be-axe-murderers) her cousin and his girlfriend. The Field Museum was much less crowded and laid back for just walking around and talking.
I love this statue
After that we started walking back towards the hotel where they were staying. We had a nice time seeing some of Chicago's sights, taking some pictures and talking. Bambi is a really good photographer and has a nice camera, I just took a few.

a little more close up...

We got some cool pictures at "The Bean" which I won't post because they have her girls in them and I don't think she posts pictures of her girls.
I really enjoyed meeting her girls. It was fun talking to them and hearing about their take on life and their plans for the future. They are a couple of amazing kids (and I'm not just saying that. really.).

I had a great day and I'm hoping we can do this again soon!

see...she doesn't look like an axe murderer at all...


Corrie Howe said...

No she doesn't look like an axe murderer. It sounds like you had a good time. I love that statue too. I met up with a bloggy friend yesterday for shopping and coffee.

blueviolet said...

She looks every bit as nice as you do! Where was my invitation??? Dang it!

Sewn With Grace said...

How fun to meet a fellow blogger! Looks like you two had a good time. Have a great Sunday!

Barb said...

I'm sooo glad you guys got to get together. And I agree about my nieces. They are rather great girls!
Looks like you had fun!

Pam said...

I'd love a chance to meet one of my bloggy friends. A couple of years ago I was involved in a message board and I was able to meet two people who also contributed. It was fun, but also a bit nervewracking.

Btw, I love all that Chicago has to offer in the way of museums. Love that sculpture. It's gorgeous.

mommyto3kiddos said...

How cool to meet one of your bloggie friends. :)

Oh, and I love that one statue too...that's an awesome statue!

rxBambi said...

We all had a great time too! Just for the record, everyone liked you and found you super easy to talk to. That was one thing I thought was cool, throughout the day I spotted you talking to each of the girls in turn, my silly axe-murderer-look-a-like cousin, and his gf. And of course ME. I seriously hope to come to st louis (sans chainsaws and axes) and hang with us sometime.

Yay for bloggie friends!

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