a long weekend in Chicago with the inaugural friendcation groupsters. we were the perfect mix of enthusiasm and chill. somehow managing all the different levels and tramping all about this citay and having fun and eating some good food, too. thanks, Mark, for being our plan organizer and index-finger-in-the-air troop leader. thanks, Schoi, for being the chill anchor of our group, the flexible and ez-going glue of our diverse levels of enthusiasm (and for your delightful range of facial expressions that makes this photo series that much funner to go through). thanks, Priscilla, for your quiet well preparedness with the extra scarves and socks (am I making up the memory of you letting me borrow your scarf???). thanks, Gracie, for DECIDING TO COME WITH US, even so last minute, and Gracing (ho ho ho) us with your presence and your beautiful booties in these pics. thanks, Isaac, for being born so we could celebrate your (early) bday in style, for a moment of together in our postgrad apartness.
you all are lovely.
the theme of this photo series shall be: “different levels of enthused” an auspicious beginning @ IAD, early morning on a cold March day
different levels of enthused, pt. 2 nope, you’re not looking in the right place — clearly the old ppl in the back are the excited ones here.
Chicago! on our way to the hotel, I think
Chicago is clean and stately.
note Markling’s leadership finger
@ (the Honorary?) Magnificent Mile
at a random wall that was trying to be too many places at once.
different levels of enthused, pt. 3 and always.
I liked their above-ground trains!
similar levels of enthused.
also, similar levels of cold. this was a really really cold weekend in March and I was NOT prepared. I tried to be strong and told everyone I was fine, but…lessons learned, man.
from Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, cause apparently, famous things can change names just like that. we were so confused about why all the websites were telling us to go to Willis Tower, and where were all the references to SEARS Tower, and and and…
what is going on heeear
(woah, what a handsome man)
hai (on a night run around the city, for reasons I cannot remember. it wasn’t for exercise.)
found this little guy on our random run
deeeeeeeeeeeeep deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelish (thanks, Isaac!)
different levels of enthused, pt. 4
@ the Bean. where the progression is funny.
on a little excursion to Univ of Chicago! on the outskirts of the city.
what is going on here, pt. 2
we broke into a classroom and had a small lecture on life and stuff.
Chinatown, I think! golden hour snaps
different levels of…present 😦
different levels of enthused, pt. 5
DIFFERENT levels of enthused, pt. 6! @ ramen, uh course.
Minsu’s presence will always make different levels of enthused (pt. 7)
jazz for the evening! though there were DEFINITELY different levels of enthused for this one, too 😉
…on a level of enthused all his own. oh Isaac 😉
l o l !
caught meh! (also, Grace, your booties are on point)
BRUNCH! at a delicious place I don’t remember the name of. it was something hipster and slightly complicated. having to do with a Stag.
Intelligentsia Coffee — home of the hipsteriest hipsters “Um. I usually drink mine black, but…I can make you a mean mocha.”
donuts and duck lips, yawl
some kinda famous food place with a name like Popodillas. or maybe Pokapopie. hmmm. it was like a giant food court concept with open seating and ultra theme decor. a good place to rest our weary feet for the evening.
in Chicago, they eat their hot dogs with pickles.
an early BDAY celebration! college style, complete with surprise cakes :):):):)
(feels weird to say now, so many months later, but get into the moment with me:) happy early birthday, Isaac! I feel lucky to have you as a friend, my dear sensitive architect.
and then we were trying to leave, but Chicago didn’t want us to. last morning, on the way to the airport harhar
kisses for Chicago
stranded at the airport cause, March snow. note Markling’s sleeps to the right.
long hair don’t cair
aaaand the final diff levels of enthused — foreground, midground, background, bam bam bam. smelly airports, switched-around schedules, unexpected weather curve balls and all…this was a wonderful inaugural friendcation with the funnest little group. thanks for a good time, you guys. and I miss you.
and then I came home to dis.