Saturday, June 18, 2011

le weekend

So far this weekend, I have:

wandered around Old Town & bought cigar boxes for storing art supplies, hung out with some awesome kids, gone grocery shopping, had a long breakfast and coffee outside, spent time with my sister- reading, good tv, good food & beverages- worked out, read the paper at Starbucks.... and it's only Saturday afternoon. And tonight: a Sondre Lerche concert.

Don't you just love summer weekends?

Colours in the City, Part One

Right. So I do realize it's been awhile since I've blogged. Let's just say I've had a busy summer...
I will be back with an update on what I've been up to soon!

Meanwhile, in the interest of celebrating what's left of summer, I've been taking photos around the city. Last year at this time, I was on vacation in Seattle with my family, enjoying the Colours at the Lake. I haven't quite had time for a vacation this summer, but I thought I might as well enjoy the Colours of the City (a bit different than the lake). At first I thought "This is Chicago. I'll have to just do the colour grey and take lots of pictures of cement." It's interesting how your perspective can change when you look at things in a new way...


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Get Lit.

Last weekend was the Printer's Row Book Fair, ie. the best weekend of my last 3 summers in Chicago. It's held each year on five city blocks in Printer's Row, with over 200 vendors.

This year was extra fun because my mom got to come along with Christy and I - she even endured the insanely hot weather for us (note the ice cream truck parked next to the book tables).
One of the best things about walking toward the book fair is that all of a sudden it's okay to be a nerd. The Strand book bags, Reading Is Sexy t-shirts, glasses everywhere, and armloads of books...and suddenly you feel almost normal.

It's almost overwhelming how many books are there...overwhelming but awesome.
How many books does it take to fill an Acura?

This is one of my favorite displays every year: card catalog drawers full of books.

Here's what I came home with:

John Adams by David McCullough
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James McPherson
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Dostoevsky
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

See you there next year? Keep an eye open for me: I'll be the one with the glasses and B&N book bag...

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