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goodbye chicago, hello sydney

we had a wonderful day in chicago yesterday. dang, this is just such a great city. of course, it doesn’t hurt that the weather has been stunningly gorgeous — low 80s and sunny. nice and cool in the evening.

yesterday, after nudging the kids out of bed around 9:30, we went to a “corner bakery” for breakfast, just in time for their 11am cut-off. then we drove down to the field museum of natural history (a true chicago gem, if there ever was one). spent a good chunk of the day there. saw the special exhibit on fantasy creatures (mermaids, sea monsters, dragons, unicorns, etc). really interesting exhibit. told the story of each of these, how they came to be, and their impact on culture.

after leaving the field about 4, we stopped at buckingham fountain in grant park for a few minutes, then headed up to navy pier. we ate an early dinner at charlie’s ale house. then, we rode the ferris wheel (great views!), and the kids did the swinging chairs (barf!). after that, liesl went shopping on her own, while jeannie, max and i went on an architectural river cruise. this was a real highlight — very interesting, and relaxing also. i super-highly recommend this to anyone visiting chicago. takes about an hour.

after reuniting with liesl, we all went miniature golfing (still on navy pier). then we drove up to the miracle mile area (lucking out, and finding a spot on the street), and went up to the top of the john hancock building for drinks and desert (a little tip: they charge you ten bucks to go to the observatory level; but the bar — called lounge 95 or something — is two levels higher, and free to go to, and the drinks cost about the same as the observatory ride. but you get a drink, and a table.).

back to the hotel for reading. a wonderful day. this morning, we’re going to try to take in a quick stop at the art museum.

then, jeannie and the kids take me to o’hare, where i fly to sydney (via san francisco and aukland) for world youth day. jeannie and the kids join my parents at a cabin on the michigan side of lake michigan for a couple more days.

monday morning check-in, 7.14.08

the weekend that was: my fam drove from detroit to niles, michigan/south bend, indiana, where i officiated at the wedding of my niece on saturday. great time — a mini-family reunion. i forgot the jacket to my suit in my in-law’s closet, and had to have my father-in-law drive it to the brother of my brother-in-law, who was coming the day of the wedding. he arrived 20 minutes after the wedding was to start. we would have started, but he also had one of the grandmothers. yesterday, we drove to chicago to start a 48 hour family vacation here. jeannie and i lived here when we were first married, so it has lots of nostalgic stuff for us. sunday afternoon and evening, we stopped for a vienna beef chicago dog, checked into our hotel (a cool little boutique hotel just north of the miracle mile, called the hotel indigo), walked around on michigan avenue and did a little shopping in water tower place and h&m, got a scoop of ice cream at ghirardelli’s, went to see blue man group (good suggestion, tony), then to gino’s east for a half-cheese, half veggie stuffed pizza.

where i am at the moment: chicago. what a great city.

on my to-do list this week: a few things to monitor back at ys (via blackberry, primarily, and hoping for a big announcement this week), but the main thing this week, post-chicago trip, is my trip to sydney for catholic world youth day.

moving update: busy week! we had 6 or more showings, and 2 offers (both ridiculously low).

procrastinating about: finished a feature length article on ‘balance’ for journal of student ministries, and my monthly column for youthwork magazine, but still haven’t touched a keyboard for another chapter on my middle school ministry book.

book i’m in the midst of: true story: a christianity worth believing in, and The Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany (by Frederick Buechner/.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: coldplay: viva la vida.

next trip: sydney, australia, tomorrow (through next tuesday). i couldn’t get a decent flight into sydney (probably something to do with 1,000,000 teenage pilgrims coming!), so i’m flying chicago to san francisco, then to aukland, NZ. then i have a separate flight to sydney.

how i’m feeling about this week: stoked! can’t wait to experience world youth day.

out for two weeks

our family flies to michigan this morning. we’ll be with jeannie’s parents for a couple days, then down to southwest michigan for the wedding of my niece (which i’m officiating), then to chicago for a couple days just for our family (museums and such). from chicago, jeannie and the kids will go back to southwest michigan to join my parents at a cabin for a couple days, before going back to detroit to fly home. but i’m flying from chicago, through aukland, new zealand, to sydney, australia, for catholic world youth day (which is really more than a day!). i’ll post more on that, i’m sure.

blogging might be a bit light for the next two weeks — i’m not back in san diego until the evening of the 22nd.