So I was driving home from work today, headed down my street. At the corner where I usually turn there is a white van sitting there jutted out in the middle of the intersection. I'm thinking to myself, what is that moron doing there half out in the street where I need to turn? I get a little closer about ready to turn right and what do I see in front of me?? The neighbor's 50 foot tree in the middle of the road. Quite the sight! Actually I've never seen anything quite like it before in my life. Jamie, along with the whole neighborhood were standing outside staring at this giant arboreal monstrosity. We knew this day would come at some point, didn't think it would happen this soon but it did. This tree had been rotting out, you could visibly see it near the top, but apparently it was also rotting out at the base too. And today was its last day standing.
For our first anniversary, we took a long weekend trip to downtown Chicago. We took the train in and stayed at the Sofitel Hotel Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, we went to the Museum of Science and Industry and spent the afternoon watching chicks hatch, learning about genes, and being disappointed that the Crime Lab was closed (the only thing that Jamie really wanted to see that day). Friday night we had dinner at McCormick and Schmick's seafood restaurant which was conveniently located across the street from our hotel. When he called to make a reservation, they asked if we were celebrating anything and he said our anniversary. When we arrived, they had a little notecard wishing us a happy anniversary and our menu had been specially printed for us wishing us happy anniversary. Definitely a nice touch (and something fun to put in the scrapbook). The food was really good and so was the dessert.On Saturday, we were thinking about going to the Art Institute but decided to save a little money so we ended up hanging out at Border's in the afternoon, people watching and reading magazines. Plus the weather was pretty cold and windy and rainy and we didn't feel like being outside, even to travel in between. Saturday evening we had gotten tickets to go see Second City, the improv group in Chicago where greats like Steve Martin, John Belushi, Bill Murray, etc. got their start. The skits were good and we had a good time. So by this point, we knew I was pregnant (!!) and I ordered a couple virgin drinks...pina colada, strawberry daiquiri and the second one I ordered ended up having alcohol in it. I asked our server about it (after he had brought us our bill and charged us for an alcoholic one) and he took it back and brought me a new one. I was a little surprised that he still charged us for it (especially after I told him I was pregnant) but oh well. We also decided to try on the hotel's bathrobes since we were staying at a fancy hotel (it's apparently ranked #95 in the world for luxury hotels). This isn't something we normally do. =) And on Sunday we had to come home =( Happy First Anniversary!