Can you believe it, I actually took vacation time from work to actually go on vacation!!!
August 2004 is the last vacation I have been able to go on. That was a memorable trip as it was to Egypt for a month to meet my now Ex family, but I got to see all the fantastic places I dreamed about for many years. Since then, my vacation time ends up being extra sick days cause when the brain tumors want the day off ….. they get the day off LOL
We realized this year that my time off wasn’t the right amount and I got some days added. WooooHooo and yippy skippy for me! The blizzard that took place in January sealed the deal and where I’ve wanted to go for some years now was becoming a reality.
Y’all have read in my previous blogs how much I love my family and I’ve got Three Great Big Brudders. Well the youngest of those 3 is Kevin and he lives nearby so we see him when he stops by with the kids. Big brother John is down in Florida and though it may be a few years, we’ve been lucky to drop in and visit. He’s in Orlando so there’s Disney World, Yankee’s Spring Training and I even got to catch Elton John and Billy Joel’s dueling pianos concert. But Steve, well he’s been in Chicago since, hmmm many years, and when he comes home for Christmas weekend it’s s the only time we get to see him.
“Suz, when are you coming to visit?” He even gave me a plane ticket gift card for Christmas one year. I kept trying to explain, that I’ve learned the hard way to listen when I wake and “the body” says ummmm No, you’re not going anywhere today. So unless it’s Friday Night to Sunday Night, vacation hasn’t been possible. I have found places to go and people to see on the weekends, Philadelphia Sci-Fi (PhilCon). Although most of my weekends now are with Mom and Dad, checking up and keeping them moving around. Lots of Laughs too. But no trips to Chicago till Now!
When we worked out my correct time off I smiled and said, I know where I want to go this year! I even hummed Chicago Chicago It’s My Kind Of Town LOL. The question became when, when is the best time for work, best time for mom and dad? Then it happened, I was supposed to go to the Heroes & Villians FanFest at the NJ Meadowlands Expo the weekend of January 22-23rd. FanFest to meet the stars of TVshows Arrow, Gotham, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash.
However, Mother Nature had other plans and the Blizzard happened. Mind you that I was not sad about the snow, being winter girl and it was the weekend before my birthday, you can read all about my love of snow in previous blogs. But, it did screw up plans for the FanFest, although many of the stars were there and lots of people were in the hotels around, it was fun to watch the postings on Facebook.
I was a tad bummed about missing the HVFF until I went to the website to see where would they be next……. Chicago March 12-13!! A quick text to Steve, “Hi Steve, just wondering, how is the weather in Chicago in March?” I explained why and he told me to think it over and get back to him. The plan was in motion, in my head at least, FanFest 12-13 and how great because Steve’s birthday is on the 10th.
A few days of thought, and planning with Work and Mom/Dad for the time away and things were set. Of course, what do I wear, had to get some new things because I didn’t want to look bad for Steve and his friends. I actually wasn’t nervous, of course I do my best planning and thinking at the last minute. Including repacking 3 times, I was worried about the 50lb weight of the bag (it only came in at 29lbs). Last minute trip to Best Buy for a charger to go in my purse to make sure the phone stayed ok every day. I was excited, visit with Big Brudder Steve, FanFest (Colin Donnell, Oh My) the Sears Tower and meeting Steve’s friends. Oh My I’m actually taking a vacation!
Well the plan and vacation sure did come together and I arrived on March 10th staying till the 15th, and what a Great Time I Had! I went to so many places, so many things to do and see, such great food and tons of photos. They can’t fit in 1 blog LOL. I’ll let you absorb this one, feel free to read it again or look back to previous posts. I’ll be blogging about the Destination Chicago Adventures over the next few days, including new friends, the H&V FanFest, scrumptious food, the cute cat, museums, views from rooftops and a very memorable cab ride.
Sing along with Frank from Robin and the 7 Hoods ……. “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)”