Sunday, March 21, 2010


We've been to Chicago a few times, and it is a great place to visit. This picture is from a year and a half ago when we rode the bus up to Chicago with Chad and Angelina for a whirlwind trip. It's an awesome city. It has incredible things to do and see. I love their world-class art museum, and I could spend days at a time in the science museum.

Still, I have to admit that I was shocked when Nick opened his match letter. I had not kept Chicago on my radar at all. I was too busy thinking about the dozen other cities we might move to, where we could buy a house, have a garden, and let the dog run in and out of the doggie door all day. I thought it impossibly improbable that we would end up in Chicago, the only other metro area with St. Louis-style problems, but with sky-high real estate prices.

Except now we KNOW we're Chicago bound, so I'm adjusting my expectations. Instead of owning a house with a doggie door, maybe we'll find an apartment that allows pets. No garden, but maybe we can live close to a park. Life will certainly be different in Chicago than it would have been in one of my dream cities, but it can be great. Just as I'll be sad to leave St. Louis this summer, I'm sure it will be hard to leave Chicago in five years.

Oh, and did I mention that in 8 weeks I'll be married to a doctor? Pretty incredible. I think Nick's junior high and high school teachers would be particularly shocked.
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Jo Ellen/Toots said...

I don't think Nick's junior high and high school teachers will be surprised. I think he's always been goal-oriented and ambitious. Love, Toots

Hernan said...

Chicago is one of my favorites cities I've visited. When I visited the the north area of Chicago I remember saying to myself that I would definitely live there... Close to a huge park, close to the lake, close to downtown (I bet it way too expensive). Congratulations for your graduation!

Sara said...

I for one am so excited! Congrats!

Behrmans said...

8 wks away what a great accomplishment!!! I have not looked at real estate there but what about a duplex where you can still have it all? I'm really excited for you guys.

simplysarah said...

I'm so excited for you! And I'm excited to hear more of your witty stories and see your photog skills continue to flourish in Chicago. Yay!

The Hammer said...

I'm really happy about chicago because I have never been there! I'll need to come visit Baby Henry a few times while you are in the Windy City.