a week in Chicago

Thank you to those of you who wrote to see how I was faring in Hurricane Sandy! I wasn’t even here for it, actually; I was stuck in Chicago after Vogue Knitting LIVE wrapped up! So while Jason was walking the streets of Brooklyn scoping out downed trees, I was paying visits to the Bean in Millennium Park.

sunrise bean

It wasn’t all fun and games, of course—being stranded means feeling helpless and trapped even if you’re in a fantastic city full of friends, at a lovely hotel, with a per diem for food. My coworkers and I (7 of us were stuck there) spent a lot of time wandering the hotel, sitting on hold with American Airlines, and glued to our phones reading Twitter for all the latest news. I am so grateful to live in this information age, especially because cell service was really bad in Brooklyn so calling or texting Jason wasn’t a reliable way of getting updates. Thankfully our apartment suffered no damage (we had a lot of water damage after Hurricane Irene) and never lost power. And I’ll admit it: My coworkers and I were able to make the most of 3 full additional (free) days in Chicago! We had deep-dish pizza, we went to the top of the Sears Tower, and we were sure to get an Italian beef. There are worse ways to be stranded, plus now I have a ton of new underwear!

Calder's FlamingoSears Tower LedgeChicago

Please donate to the Red Cross if you can. Seaside Heights was hit hard; my whole family is particularly devastated to see the sights completely destroyed.

2 Responses to a week in Chicago

  1. Dee says:

    Chicago looks like fun. Love the sky ledge picture.

    Jersey is SO sad. Our family has a home in Seaside Park. We still don’t know how it fared. Luckily the rest of the family just was without power. They didn’t sustain any damage.

    Hope your family is okay too.

  2. Janieb says:

    Wow that bean shot is amazing! Saw some reports over here of the damage & destruction Sandy caused, must have been hard being away from Jason through it all. Good to hear you’re both OK.

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