Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Weekend recap.

I have a feeling this could be a very long blog.  But I'm okay with that. I hope you are too.  But you could always just quit reading before you get to the end.  I wouldn't blame you.  In fact, I wouldn't even know.  The only thing I know is how many people come to this blog each day.  In fact, last week I had a record site visit day.  Yes that's right a new high.  Unfortunately it was only 7, but hey.  You 7 readers, I love you guys.  And you are great.  In fact, I like you so much, that I am going to recommend you comment (yes, COMMENT!) on a post once in a while, so I know I'm not just talking to myself.  Thanks in advance! Oh and if you have a blog that I'm not reading, tell me about it!
Back to the point. I wanted to update you on my wonderful weekend.  The parental units traveled the lone Highway 20 to come visit me.  I got up Saturday morning to squeeze in a run before they arrived and then to frantically clean my apartment because I was embarrassed by how dirty and messy it was.  Good thing they didn't even notice...wait, they did.  Considering my vacuum was still sitting in the middle of my living room waiting patiently to be used and the cornflakes on my floor were not so patiently waiting to be sucked up.  It is perhaps still sitting in that same place.  Ah, oh well, maybe tomorrow night.

We took the train in to the city.

We went to see the mirror bean again.
 

 And of course we took pictures in it. 
 
 We met up with my cousin Mike and had dinner at Portillos.  And it was delicious! Yummy yummy Italian beef.  If you come to the area, you must eat there. 
Next we met up with another cousin, Jake, and went off to see the John Hancock Tower.

 Experiencing the city from a whole new perspective. 


We headed home soon after that to get a good nights rest.
An early morning was ahead of us.   
Tickets for a much anticipated museum exhibit waited in my purse.  

Promptly at 6 am, we were awake to celebrate my day of birth!
We grabbed the train at 7:30 am to head back into the city.
The BodyWorlds exhibit was at the Museum of Science and Industry and I was dying to see it.  
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take any pictures, but let me tell you it was amazing.  
Basically, it is an exhibit of plasticized human bodies in different positions so you can see all the muscles and organs and bones.  It was right up my alley.  
If you have never seen it, you need to.  

 We wandered around the rest of the museum too.  
Here's my mom and dad in front of the skyline.

 Little baby chicks chirped and ran around. 

A very newly hatched chick, basked in the heat lamp while others pecked out of their eggs.

 They had some fresh water too.

This biomedical engineer was enthralled with the medical/human body stuff.
I see some of these at work.

Implants!

This hand could sense the muscle firings in your arm and open and close when you move your hand.
So cool.

 We had to make sure to get back to the Union Station to catch the train so our visit was cut a little short.  
I plan on going back someday.  
My new purse that my mom bought me and is modeling for you all.

When we got back near Union Station we stopped for lunch with the extra time we had.
Flat Top Grill was our lucky choice.  
It's one of those create-your-own stir fry places.
The food was good, but the pita bread on the side was the best part.  

We all ate too much and it must have been salt-loaded because my fingers and feet were so swollen afterwards.
Did I mention that I had an absolutely beautiful day for my birthday?
81 degrees and sunny!
 My 23rd birthday was a great one.  Good food, spending time with my family, and exploring.  BodyWorlds may have been the best part.  
It's okay that you think I'm a nerd.  
I am one.
I went to a museum on my birthday and was super excited about it.
Me = enginerd.
I love it. 

 I am learning to love this city too. 

 Congrats you made it to the end!

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