Friday, November 12, 2010

Chicago (III)

I am back in Chicago for the (unforeseen) third time in 2010. As per usual, one of the first orders of business was to pay a visit to Grandma (a.k.a. Foxypants). This time, she didn't know I was coming to town. So, on Tuesday the 2nd, I deplaned at O'Hare International at 5:30am after a nearly-sleepless, 10-hour, overnight flight, dropped my suitcase at Dad's, went out for pancakes, and then drove an hour and a half to Foxypants' place in Wisconsin. That was one of my more half-baked plans, but it worked: she was completely surprised.

Since then I have been working and working out. Determined to not carry 15 pounds of "holiday baggage" back to Brazil with me like I did last January, I have a pretty strict exercise regime in place to counter the reunion dinners and holiday parties. Among the initiatives: "training" for the upcoming
Turkey Trot and Santa Hustle, and doing the Dailey Method about four times a week. Exhausting like woah, friends.

But that doesn't mean I'm not managing any fun. Fully capitalizing on my pseudo-tourist status, the calendar is peppered with social/cultural events that I always meant to do, but never got around to when I lived here, like
First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Adler After Dark, and a dance performance by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Not to mention the parties...

'tis the season!

Have a great weekend everyone, in all parts of the globe!