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#35: Drive Through DownTown Chicago Without Gettin’ Lost

A year ago, a few girlfriends and I met in Chicago from scattered places around the globe for a weekend to relax, veg and just be girly. I was so thrilled for the trip and made excellent time from Michigan to Chicago. Once I got off the highway, I entered what could only be described as another circle of hell – getting myself completely lost and spending far longer than I care to admit (think HOURS, not MINUTES) driving around downtown Chicago. Possibly, tears were involved. Upper, Middle, Lower Wacker – I hated them ALL.

Eventually, I pulled over and the lovely valet dude at a hotel on Wacker printed directions explaining them to me because apparently the road I needed to be on wasn’t on my map. And the street I needed to turn on didn’t have a sign – and OHMYGODWHYDOYOUHATEMESOMUCHCHICAGO?

The thing is, I love the city. I love the feel of Chicago. I love the energy and the vibe of it. I didn’t want to NEVER go back because I was petrified of the hell of driving Lake Shore Drive for hours around and about. Putting #35 on my list was a no brainer for me.

This weekend, the fam headed to Chicago for an event (a very AWESOME arty, creative, “make every moment count” kinda thing. Awesome awesome awesome). On our way, I stopped at Starbucks with my refillable mug (#39 on my list, aw yeah…) to fuel up with some coffee and then we were on the road.

There was so much rain and cloud cover until we reached Indiana – I thought we were in for a pretty miserable day in the city. Nuh uh. Clouds lifted, the sky was amazingly blue and when we got off the highway, we zipped right to our first destination (The aquarium). After that, we wandered the city a bit.

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It was perfect. Got into the car and ventured to the hotel and y’know what happened? I didn’t need the printed directions. I didn’t need my Google Maps (though, nothin’ but love for you Google Maps. Love knowing you’re there. Mwah). I knew exactly where to go. We zipped right to the hotel. AND, I didn’t pass out lookin’ at this 32nd floor view.

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#96: My Playlist

What an amazing time I’ve had listening to music. Wow. With over 50 songs recommended to me, it was awesome to listen to everything and narrow it down to the workout playlist I’ve used for the past two workouts with success (though I’m iffy on one song and may or may not remove it – more on that later). My goal was to make the list with a running time of about 45 minutes. My cardio sessions are typically 30-45 minutes – I figured with a 45 minute playlist we could ease in gently and then have a decent workout and then close with something a little more mellow.

The problem? I couldn’t narrow it down anymore than the 20 songs I’ve got.

Here we go:

  1. Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows – Brand New
  2. That Girl – McFly
  3. Boys of Summer – The Ataris
  4. I Will Survive – Cake
  5. Joy & Pain – Rob Base
  6. Lapdance – N.E.R.D.
  7. Intergalactic – The Beastie Boys
  8. U + Ur Hand – P!nk
  9. Run – Gnarls Barkley
  10. Walkie Talkie Man – Steriogram
  11. C’Mon C’Mon – The Von Blondies
  12. Ch- Check It Out – The Beastie Boys
  13. Piece of Me – Britney Spears
  14. Don’t Trust Me – 3OH!3
  15. Horndog – Overseer
  16. I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones
  17. Possession (Rabbit in the Moon Mix) – Sarah McLachlan
  18. I Love My Sex – The Benassi Brothers
  19. A Little Bit of Riddim – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  20. Lebanese Blonde – Thievery Corporation

In case you’re wondering, I’m iffy on Cake’s “I Will Survive”. I don’t want to remove it, though because I just LOVE that song, but wonder if it’s too mellow in this context.

So there you have it – I’m loving it, though.

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Amendments – Yes, ALREADY

I have replaced the bird killing #39 with a vow to remember to take my reusable mug to the coffee shop at least once per month. Not only do I get a discount on my coffee when I do that, HEY, it’s really better for the planet.

I’ve also squeezed the reading of “Little Women” in with re-reading the classics – though I’ve never read it. This way, I still read it, BUT, there’s now room on the list for having a drink on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building in Chicago (since I hate elevators, this is HUGE).

I picked up a new issue of “Grand Rapids” magazine today – with an updated “Best Of” list. Cannot WAIT to start checking some of those places out! (Though I’ll probably skip the “best doughnut” of Grand Rapids – Krispy Kreme? Are you kidding?!).

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