I Adore-a Cora – Part 1

So much to tell.

So little time.

Cora and her daughter, Gwen, visited me for a week.  It was a great time.  I know, normally, I take my time and stretch out the Cora posts, but I will be going out of town over the weekend, and I don't think most of this can wait until next week, so here are some highlights:


Isn't she lovely? Bad Omen: I'm late picking the gals up at the airport.  I had a 4:00 meeting, and their plane landed at 5:00.  They were gracious, and weren't waiting long, but still…

Bad Omen: I pick a place to have dinner when we get home, and the food is a little spicier than Gwen likes.

Good Sign: I recover by walking us home via McDonald's.  Amazing what an order of chicken McNuggets and a couple chocolate chip cookies will do for a mood.  Cora reassured me that solving the problem earned me more points than causing the problem caused.


Off to the Museum of Science and Industry to see the Harry Potter Exhibit.  That was a hit with both the ladies.  They had a great time at the museum.  We also got to see some hikers getting mauled by bears,I don't have to outrun the bear, I have to outrun you!and saw Harland Sanders try to entice a young girl with EXTREMELY fresh chicken.Dirty old man picks up young chicks. The night ended with pizza and more chicken fingers.


After a lazy start to the morning, it was off to Lincoln Ave and Quake.  Quake sells collectables.  Cora describes it as "walking into eBay." If you are looking for an action figure, movie promotional item, etc. this little store is the place to go.  Gwen, a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, found a few things for her collection, and a new favorite store.  Afterwards, we drove out to the suburbs for a quick tour of "Scope's Old Stomping Grounds" and to have dinner with some of my friends out in the 'burbs.  And they have a daughter exactly Gwen's age who also loves to read.  They hit it off like peas in a pod, and my friends, of course, loved Cora.


Sunday was our "downtown" day.  We took the L downtown to see the sights, and boy, did we.

After climbing up (and sliding down) the Picasso statue, We like our art BIG! and doing a little Ferris Bueller at the Flamingo, Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller? and even making our own art at Miller's Pub,Oh, like you don't think that's funny it was time for the gals to cool off in Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

They walk on water 
We will continue this little story later with a blogger meet-up, a barrel of monkeys, pirates, and dinosaurs.

Stay tuned.


Vodka Mom said...

the suspense is killing me.

Shana said...

Don't wait too long to continue

The Peach Tart said...

What fun. Can't wait to hear more.

Cora said...

Awwww. Damn it, I sure miss you, Scope.


Okay, now cross your fingers with me that Southwest Airlines finds Gwen's lost suitcase with all her Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride treasures from Quake in it!! GRRRRRRRR....

Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures!!

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SkylersDad said...

I am looking forward to hearing more, great stuff as always.

And, I always knew that Harlan Sanders was a perv at heart!

Soda and Candy said...

How much more adorable can you guys get?

Also, kudos on getting along with the teenage daughter!!!

J.J. in L.A. said...

Haha! Love the Miller's Pub pic. It sounds like a great time was had by all! Can't wait Part Deux!

Gwen said...

Sounds like a great time! Missed you.

Scope said...

quba - You're welcome to swing by any time.

Rest of ya:
Part two may have to wait, driving 6 hours tomorrow after work for a cousin's son's wedding, so there's not going to be much more play time tonight to write it all out.

Gwen: Missed you too, love.

mike said...

I like the Ferris Bueller line. Good stuff.

Candy's daily Dandy said...


I knew it would be. Love is kinda like that, ya know.

Scope said...

Soda and Candy - Cora's daughter is actually a very sweet girl. I think we got along well. Especially when I over rode her mom's idea of making a grilled cheese sandwhich at my place with a trip to McDonald's.

Candy (sans Soda) - It was an awesome week, that is for sure.

Cowguy said...

awwwww Scope, great little recap man. You're a lucky ol dog.

Grant Miller said...

Cool Pictures!