While opening a new chapter in my life is very exciting, it doesn’t come without pain. In my time in Chicago, I’ve had access to some pretty great things that I took for granted. Yesterday, I sort of completed one of my 101 in 1001 items but with a little modification since I have less than a week left in Illinois.
A little back story… In September of 2008, I met Stephanie. She has been my one and only friend here in Illinois. Sad. I know. I guess I’m super picky about my friends, but the friends I do make end up being life long friends. You see, I had a really hard time making friends. Aside from everyone being intimidated by me (ALL of my friends have said they were intimidated by me at first… I don’t know why… hahah) everyone I worked with was at least 10+ years older than me, and everyone I went to school with were all at least 5+ years younger than me. On Friday night, I worried about where my husband and I were going to eat for dinner. Everyone I went to school with was concerned about which party they were going to and what drugs or alcohol were going to be there… Columbia is an art school… A private art school. Naturally, the majority of the students don’t believe in responsibility, they’re usually stoners, they have parents who are paying their ungodly tuition bill, etc. It would make me SOOO angry that I would work four 10 hour days so I could have one day at school during the week. I’d show up on time, have all of my work done, participate in class, and work my butt off for a good grade, yet many of my classmates would just not show up to class or when they would they would be late, texting on their cell phones, sleeping, projects and homework weren’t done, etc and they’d get the same final grade as me. Needless to say when Stephanie approached me and started talking to me and I learned that she wasn’t like the majority, we became really good friends really fast.
Going back to my 101 in 1001… One of my objectives was to take public transportation to the city and spend a day in the city taking pictures by myself. Well, I sorta had to modify that but I was still happy with what I did. I had plans yesterday to hang out with Stephanie in her new city apartment at 1. I woke up around 10:30 and got a call from Colby asking if I wanted to have lunch with him at Moody. I said sure, so I hurried to put my make up on, tend to the dogs, and drive out to the city to meet him for lunch. After lunch I did take public transportation to Stephanie’s apartment and took some photos. We went to a bakery to get her a cannoli. We went back to her apartment and then Colby joined us a little later when he got off of work. We then went to Thai Spoon for dinner, all the while taking photos. After dinner we walked Stephanie back to her apartment. We decided not to say our final goodbyes there and to try to hang out one more time before I leave but Stephanie got teary, which in turn choked me up a bit. She’s meant so much to me over these last, almost, 2 years.
Stef-I don’t even know how to begin to describe how much you’ve meant to me over this last, almost, 2 years. I was hugely surprised to find someone like you at Columbia, much less a girl as small as you downing a foot long meatball sub at Subway! lol! I will NEVER forget that! Aside from the funny and fun times, you’ve helped me get through a lot in these last couple of years. You believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. We’ve had some excellent conversations about so many things and you are one person that I really feel “gets” me. You’re an amazing friend and I so wish I could take you to Florida with me, or move all of my Florida peeps up here, but let’s face it… My Florida peeps wouldn’t survive in this climate! lol!! BUT! You always have a place to stay in Florida and we are definitely going to have to go fishing if you get to come visit and we will do what we can to try to catch you a sword fish! Maybe two! lol!
So while I was in the city yesterday, I did take a few photos I wanted to post for my new Chicago fine art collection below.
Here are some of my regular photos.