My Aunt Sandra, the one that has a house in Tucson, has always spent her summers in Chicago to escape the Arizona heat. However, traveling back and forth is getting more difficult so she decided to sell her condo in Chicago. A few weeks ago, she called to tell me it had sold, with a September closing and asked me if I would come and help her sell her furniture, sort through closets and cabinets and help her pack…and she would pay for my airfare. Sure thing, Auntie!
Aunt Sandra arranged for my dad to pick me up from the airport and drive me to her condo. But first we stopped at Portillo’s for Italian beef sandwiches (minus the bun because I have willpower…that plus the fact I ordered onion rings but don’t tell Carl).
I spent the first evening taking photos of all of Aunt Sandra’s furniture and listing it on Craigslist. Hopefully we get buyers for it all quickly!
The next morning, I decided to take a quick walk along Lake Michigan.
So cool! When I saw the metal archways of Millenium Park Ampitheater in the distance, I knew I had to make my way to the iconic bean sculpture.
Can you see me right in the middle of the bean?
After walking back towards Aunt Sandy’s area, I went to the hardware store to pick up some boxes to begin our packing. What do you do in downtown Chicago without a vehicle…you walk four blocks carrying a stack of boxes on your head while wearing a roll of tape as a bracelet. So cute!
After spending the afternoon packing up closets, we were rewarded by a lovely dinner at a friend’s house.
Aunt Sandy and Terry have been friends since before I was born and all of our families used to take vacations to the dude ranch or ski trips together when I was young. At one point, I was engaged to Terry’s son, Mark, with a little plastic ring that he gave me on the ski slope. Of course, we were only about 10 years old so it didn’t last. It was nice to see Terry after all these years.
It’s been a productive trip so far. More to come.