|February 22, 2015
||[Feb. 22nd, 2015|11:55 pm]
Today was a getaway day. Our part of the world is kind of dismal at this time of year, and we kind of wanted to do something special to celebrate my birthday, so we took off to Chicago for the day.
For a change, our train up to the city was on time leaving our town and was almost on time reaching the city. We had planned to hit Francesca's Forno for brunch the last time we came up to Chicago, and had been foiled, but this time we made it, and it was worth it. For me at least: queenmomcat wasn't as happy with her brunch as I was with mine, which was a braised pork hash. It was more than a little crowded, but that's what you can expect for showing up a brunch place at 11:30 AM.
After eating, we popped by Myopic Books, where I found a book of poetry I wanted and queenmomcat found several books she'd been looking for, and then we stopped by Brü Café for coffee and to assess our loot.
Our next stop was closer to downtown, and after a quick El ride and a brief walk we found ourselves at Loopy Yarns, where queenmomcat cashed in a birthday gift certificate she had. We then assessed our situation, and decided that we had enough time to visit the Loop location of Pastorale for some nice cheeses to bring back home.
The trip back home was relatively uneventful, although Amtrak is trying a new boarding process for some of their trains, including ours. Instead of waiting in the usual boarding area, we waited in the "Great Hall" of Union Station, which is actually a much nice space to hang about in. The actual boarding was the usual scrum, but the Amtrak employees handling it were very efficient and very patient, so it went quite smoothly.
Back home, we had dinner at the pizza place that shares space with the train depot, and the we drove home to our own house and our waiting cat. I promptly setting in for some computer time, and now I'm all caught up online. Tomorrow I have off, and I will probably spend some time shoveling. It's that time of year.