21 July 2010
So, it seems the only thing harder than being twelve hundred miles from the one you love, is being only fifty miles from him and not being able to see him! I cannot get over how hard the last two days have been! Even with the many chores and responsibilities that accompany living on faire site, I was constantly thinking about making the drive to Chicago! And, last night, that’s exactly what I did!
I drove to the hotel and just as I arrived at his room, I got a text that he was back from his dinner and in the hotel bar—a charming Irish pub with live music! I met him there, and we enjoyed the last couple of sets and a couple of beers. Then, as we left the pub, I remembered I’d heard a live pianist in the grand staircase area of the hotel, and convinced Kyle to go listen there with me. We walked around the amazingly beautiful lobby and took some photos and even snuck a peak at the phenomenal Grand Ballroom of this nearly-hundred-year-old hotel. And, we listened to the pianist play absolutely seamlessly, a varied medley of beautiful tunes from the jazz age and from the golden age of Broadway. It was a delightful ending to the day.
Then, this morning, Wednesday, we had breakfast in the hotel restaurant, and he went off to his meetings. I went back to the room, and got some work done on the computer, until check-out time, and when his commitments were complete, we headed toward Milwaukee, where we would be dining at the Giesen’s Annual RenFeast event. This would be Kyle’s first-ever opportunity to join in this long-standing tradition, and we were very excited about it. We opted for the scenic route north, along Sheridan Road, gawking at the lovely homes along the way. We fitted in a stop at the Vogue Fabrics store in Evanston, and a combination antique store/libation break in Highwood. I found a fabulous book in this cute little antique store—a 1930s Epicurean Travelogue of Britain—the perfect host/hostess gift for Larry and Denise, while Kyle enjoyed an ale at the Miramar Bistro. When I joined him there, I ordered a mojito and what I got was the best mojito (and notice the awesome mirrors in the background of that linked photo!) I’ve ever had, made by our charming Mexican bartender. My primary photo of the day is of the main dining room of the Miramar Bistro. Aren’t those candles amazing?!
After that decadent stop along the way, we needed to shift our travels into a higher gear and make haste to Milwaukee, for fear of missing out on the baked brie that has come to be the centerpiece of the appetizer spread at RenFeast. We got there right on time, and the brie was just the beginning of a fabulous meal. The food and the family of friends gathered were both second to none. After dinner, Kyle offered up a toast to our hosts and the hilarity that ensued was the stuff of which memories are made (thump … thump).
All in all, it was a truly amazing day and I’m so grateful I got to share it with Kyle.
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