Chicago was a blast!  Although it was a bit cold on Friday....Saturday and Sunday were perfect.

In case you don't know my husband works for an airline. Traveling for free = standby.  That is right...everybody goes before us.  Now I've had some bad experiences....sitting at the airport ALL day and then having to get a room for the night.

The last few years I have bought a ticket or used miles because I can not take the stress.  AND...sitting around airports makes me want to eat junk...potatoes chips, cookies...whatever they are selling...I am eating.

I decided to take a chance this time and wing it [airline talk for worry, tension, push to the limit].  We took the 7:00 AM on Friday [yes, that meant I had to get up at 4...sucked] but made it.

Sunday was a whole different game.  Got there at 11:00 and finally got the last 2 seats on the 4:00 [4 flights later].  At that point I was looking up flights on  I could buy a ticket for about $1000.00.  My husband looked at me like my eyeballs just fell out of their sockets.  I looked right back at him just as hard and said..."I want to go home"....lucky for him we got on.

We stayed in Deerfield, which was very close to both races, one in Lake Bluff and the other in Glencoe.

Cari is the one in the middle with exergy on her kit [yeah...term for ugly bike outfit]....they are all looking pretty darn serious.

I was cold at the race in Lake was late in the day and the sun had gone down.  "How many laps left honey".....was pretty much what I said for about an hour.

But it was gorgeous on Saturday and Glencoe is my kind of town.  The homes were beautiful.  Walking the race course I was pointing out all the ones I could live in.  My husband politely ignored me.

I saw some cute shops...that were closed.  Lucky for David.

Nice little getaway.


I saw this picture on Gretchen's blog.  She did not like the way the hand rail on her stairs was just sitting there so she used paint to make it look a whole heck of a lot better...don't you agree?
Loving the green and the Dash and Albert runner.

I saw this at ADAC in Atlanta the other day.  This is vertical wallpaper that they hung horizontally instead. 

 You could do with paint right????

Got a giveaway coming up this week...more black and white.

It is storming here today.....Good excuse to stay home and get some things done right?



Suburban prep said...

I grew up in Glencoe. It is a cute town. I went to high school in the town just South of Lake Bluff. We moved to the town just South of Glencoe when I was 13. It is a very nice area to grow up in.
Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Alyson said...

Wow, that wallpaper hung the other way is incredible. Love that in paint form, too. Great to find your blog.

Pura Vida said...

Wow..that race did look serious. My daughter used to fly and my bro in law still does...we can't afford to travel any more with the reno and that standby worry is one I can dash off my list. I do love that stair carpet...hmmm...stair carpet, plane ticket...not a ??

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I HATE standby....but for free, I could deal with it. Chi town, oh what fun. Painting the railing back was a home run, and the stripes in paint would not be very difficult.

Simply LKJ said...

Hubby can't stand stand by...he wants a seat in first class. LOL Looks like a fun weekend. Glad our rain has finally cleared out.

Designing Domesticity said...

We live just one suburb south of Glencoe. It is a cute town. Fun to see it through your eyes. Thanks for sharing, liz

René said...

I have always loved Gretchen's stairway and the green was a great idea. Looking forward to the black & white giveaway.

Unknown said...

That staircase is amazing and glad you had fun in Chicago- love that city!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

How did Cari do in the race? I could "feel" the cold temperatures in the pictures!!
Love the shots of Glencoe. You must get back to Vignette. That looked like a fun shop! Big damage in there! Would almost be worth the "stand-by" stress!
I agree on the horizontal paper. Great look! Very possible with paint.
I'm playing with the idea of stenciling a damask pattern in the master bath! Paper is so, so pricey. Ever work with stencils?
I am looking forward to the Black and White event!

Woodside Park said...

You are a trooper! Though it must be difficult now with all the cuts at the airlines....all the flights must be really booked. Glad you got some window shopping done! Yeah, I also eat junk at airports....what else is there to do? Don't wanna read the book / magazines....saving those for the flight.

Holly Gruszka said...

Glad you had a good trip and had okay weather too - we just had our big bike race of the year here in the area. Traffic going into Philadelphia on Saturday was CRAZY - all I needed to do was get over the bridge into NJ to see my nephew's soccer game but ugh traffic. I saw Gretchen's staircase and was really impressed - and of course looking forward to your giveaways which are the best.

Gretchen O. said...

I almost thought that was you (with a serious face) in the picture, your sister and you look so much alike! Thanks for the nice shout out about my are sweet. Glad you made it home safe and sound.

Gretchen O.

The Pink Pagoda said...

Adding the green on the staircase was brilliant. And the standby thing might work fine for me if I incorporated drinking games or some other healthier way to take the stress level dow. Yoga at the airport?

Unknown said...

Glad you made it back safely! I would hate to fly standby, too stressful!! I love the vertical stripe installed on the horizontal!!! So fab! And that pop of green, Yes M'am!!!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Sherry...Thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog....Really appreciate them!

toko baju muslim said...

Its the details of our lives I think that in some respects make the impact. Its only once in a while the big picture matters. I loves these photos of the details.

Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said...

Sounds like a fun weekend, minus the hanging out in the airport for 5 hours. But at least you got on finally! I like Gretchen's staircase a lot. The green adds a nice pop!

Kathysue said...

I remember when my hubby and I were engaged and had very little money. I lived in Washington and he in Calif. so we flew stand-by, it is very un-nerving!! I feel your pain, but glad you made it home safe and sound, xo Kathysue

Laurie said...

Oh digging that green up the stairway - along with black - delish!

Jessica said...

What a great weekend...That runner kills me!! Want so bad.

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