August 17, 2011

the perfect summer day(s.)

As our official Number Of Days Left In Chicago count continues to dwindle (30!), Radley and I have been doing our best to take advantage of each and every second we have left in this city. Things are getting pretty really busy around here, so there isn't much free time--but whenever there's been an open morning here or a clear afternoon there, we've been visiting our favorite restaurants, wandering our favorite neighborhoods, and just soaking up these final weeks with our family and friends.

This entire summer has been incredible, but these past couple days have been some of the best. Yesterday, especially, left me so blissfully content that I found myself laughing for no reason--like a crazy person. Or maybe just a really, really happy one.

I woke up early, went for a long walk, and grabbed iced coffee for both of us. (And now, of course, Radley's obsessed with this whole waking-up-to-coffee-in-bed thing. Go figure.) After finishing a few to-do's and getting a bit of work done, we headed up to the roof to lay out, listen to music (Foster the People), and play cards. A few easy, laugh-so-hard-your-face-hurts hours later, we decided it was time to walk. And walk. And walk. To the lake, along the shoreline, into the Loop, and back again. Then, later, we chose to walk some more--with a basketball this time. Yes: we dribbled and bounce-passed our way through the Chicago streets. True story.

The sun was hot, the sky was blue, and today our cheeks are red.
Funny how the simplest days so often leave us happiest.

11 comments:

Becky said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! The simplest days are the best - and I can't believe you only have 30 days left in Chicago!

Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said... [Reply to comment]

that looks like a ton of fun!

hayleynicole said... [Reply to comment]

What a perfect day!

ag. said... [Reply to comment]

that does sound perfect!

Catherine said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds magical. Love the pictures!

C

jillian m. said... [Reply to comment]

I love carefree days like this. Since me and my guy have conflicting work schedules, we don't really get to spend too much time together. But when we do, we try to make the most of it. Even if it is just a low-key day of walking, playing cards, grabbing cofee, etc. Honestly, I remember days like this more than the big events.

Are you moving or something? Where to?

Ryan Adair said... [Reply to comment]

I lived in Chi town for 3 years, and my last month in the city I walked home from the loop to Rodgers park 3 times a week. (Yes, Nine miles or so) Those walks hold some of my favorite memories.

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Catherine iPhone pictures... gotta love it, right? :)

siddathornton said... [Reply to comment]

sounds like the perfect day! (and lots of exercise).

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

Even though I'm not trying to savor my last days, you have totally inspired me to enjoy each day to the fullest! As I was reading your post, it was as if the light bulb flashed on - I used to think living to the fullest meant packing my days chock full of activities, but my thought has switched to enjoying my days to the fullest, doing whatever makes me happy! And if I need to be productive, then finding happiness in the productivity...(Sorry for the rambling...I think I needed to work that out in writing!, So thank you for the space!!)

becky said... [Reply to comment]

This made ME warm inside. Oh, what a lovely, lovely day. I'd like to dribble and bounce-pass a basketball for old times' sake--I'm not so sure my boy would be up for it, though...