December is upon us and all of the hustle, bustle, and beauty that comes with Christmas time. Currently, Tim is doing a 3 month stint at a clinic out in Aurora… Aurora is the furthest you can get away from Chicago and still be considered a suburb. He drives about an hour and half each way!! REI continues to get busier by the day even though we have had a mild Midwest winter so far (thank you Jesus). My challenge has been figuring out how to gear up properly for my bike commute to work. I have set a goal to ride through December and I have already taken the train a couple times when I see the number 2 starting the temperature.
Chicago itself is beginning to look a lot like Christmas–
Macy’s windows are full of shiny dresses and large wrapped gifts, the ice skating rinks are up in Millennium Park and Wrigleyville, Daley plaza hosts the city’s huge Christmas tree and booths full of German ornaments, and our neighbors have properly placed their adorned trees in their bay windows for the city to see.
We got a little tree that we carried through our neighborhood “When Harry Met Sally” style and modestly decorated with the handful of ornaments we have here. We managed to fit it (or I should say Tim engineered it) up in the window between our kitchen and dining room. We had to get creative with our lack of floor space.
We are excited to have the next few days off as we are headed to New York City. We are meeting up with friends from Seattle to watch the Huskies play Duke in Madison Square Garden (go Dawgs) as well as explore the Big Apple all lit up (you know, like in Serendipity, Home Alone 2, Elf, etc, etc.). More to come on that adventure…