I've driven through Chicago a lot and stopped to visit briefly in passing, but I've never really experienced Chicago as a destination. I did visit Chicago on a class trip in the 7th grade, but that's rather fuzzy in my memory. All I remember about that trip is that I went to the Shedd Aquarium, I went to Medieval Times (not actually in Chicago), and I ate at Godfather's Pizza (also not actually in Chicago). Another time, I went to Chicago to see the band Ember Swift play a concert at what turned out to be a campus pride week dance and arrived an hour early because I forgot about the time change. At some point, I visited the Art Institute because I remember standing in front of a massive seven foot long bastard sword in total amazement for quite some time. The video game concept of a 'type of two handed sword with execptionally high stats' now had a real life context to go wth it - 'huge blade designed for impaling a horse that I probably couldn't even lift with two hands.'
I will be travelling to China in a few months and it's time to start getting ready for the trip. I've been reading up on the places I will be visiting which is always exciting. I've been putting off a call to the doctor to discuss travel vaccines for a while and I'll get that eventually. But it's finally time to apply for a visa to enter the country. There are only 6 locations in the US where one can apply for a Chinese visa and it must be done in person. Fortunately, Chicago is one of them and it's within day trip range for me.
It's mid-August - that means the sunflowers are in bloom again at Pope Farm in Verona, WI. The blooms only last about a week or so, and this year it happened to coincide with a very busy week for me. My options for visiting the farm were very limited. So I made plans to visit in the morning to catch the rich golden sunrise light. Also, no one in their right mind would have a schedule conflict with a 5:15am appointment with a sunrise on a Sunday morning.
This is my dog Trio. He is a very unique creature. We often joke that he is not really a dog at all, and is instead a completely new species of creature and the only one of his kind - an io (Io is also his nickname). Trio moved in along with a roommate, and then when she left, he stayed.
Last weekend, I set up my mobile gallery at the Tallman Art Festival hosted by the Rock County Historical Society in Janesville, WI. I scaled down my shows this year, and it was only my second show. I had never been to this one before, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm a pretty optimistic person though, so I was hopeful that it would be a good day.
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