Off to Chicago

by Joanna on October 27, 2011

We’re off to Chicago after work today! Honestly, I can’t believe this trip is here. Chicago has been on the top of the list of cities we want to visit for a while now so when Mike was scheduled to travel there for a conference, I knew I had to tag along for the ride.  Though it’s been on the calendar for a little bit, we haven’t made many plans for the trip.

Usually when we travel (I mean, the few times we’ve traveled together before), we do tons of research, have a list of things we want to do, and a pretty set itinerary. We’re super planners. Not this time. I’m not sure why that is, I guess we’ve just been busy the last couple months and the trip has felt so far off.  Could also be that Mike doesn’t have much free time so our options for planning activities was limited.  That said, I have to figure out what I’m going to do while Mike’s working from 10-6:30 on Saturday. I’m thinking I’ll go to a yoga class, do some shopping, grab some lunch at a small coffee shop/cafe and blog, and explore Lincoln Park.

Tomorrow we’re planning to go on an architecture boat tour and have dinner at Gino’s East.  I’m also pretty excited to have a Chicago-style hot dog. I’m sure we’ll go to Millenium Park and do some exploring.

To be honest, until last night, I hadn’t done much research on the city, didn’t even know where we were staying. To be even more honest, I don’t even know what flight we’re on.  I know it leaves at 8 out of Reagan National.  What is with me? I’m an independent woman that likes to be in control and if not in control at least very aware of the plan.  But nope, I feel like I’m just along for the ride.

A similar thing happened with our honeymoon.  After we booked our honeymoon through the most amazing Living Social deal ever, Mike made all of our travel arrangements. I knew when we were leaving, that we were flying out of Philly International, and that we had multiple flights, but I didn’t know any of the other details about our travel.  I literally was just like “I’ll just follow my husband.” What??  I recognized that this was totally unlike me but you know what, it kind of felt good to just follow him. It was less stressful and it showed him and me that I do really trust him and I don’t need to micromanage.

So tonight, I will head to the airport after work, look for my husband, and let him get me on the right flight. In the meantime, I’m hoping the gate we’re at has Five Guys or Chipotle.

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