The Bean, formally known as Cloudgate. I can't imagine having to clean the fingerprints off of it.
Mom and I caught a very early flight to Chicago on New Year's Eve.
My street, snowed over.
This is Salvation Army's "officer training" campus. It's a freakin' awesome old house that sprawls out over at least an acre.
Flying from Fresno back to Chicago on New Year's Eve. It was beautiful.
'Cause I never get tired of mountains.
Everything's white! Waking up to this was SO weird.
Oh man, did WE need coffee New Year's Day!
And here we are with the Bean as a backdrop. It's seriously awesome, which you really can't tell from these pictures.
Snow falling toward one of my neighbors' ornamental lawn lights.
I took this picture for Mom. This bar isn't far from my apartment, and we ate several dinners there in September when I moved out. It sure looked different five months later!
So pretty. I miss this.
Mom and I take the obligatory "hey, it's us in the Bean!" photo.
The amphitheater at Millennium Park. Supposedly they have great summer concerts here. It was a little cold in January to imagine summer!
My first major snowfall (and the only one I really faced this year). I sure wouldn't want to drive in this! But I did learn that it takes a hell of a lot to shut this city down.
I saw this cheap trunk at Home Goods and wanted it for a coffee table, but couldn't transport it home. The next day, after work, I went back to measure it and see about shipping. And I decided just to strongarm it back on the bus. When Mom called to ask if I'd found out about the cost, I said, "Oh, yeah, shipping is free." Just a little sweat!
Snow on a fence along Lake Shore Drive.
WHAT IS THIS I DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS
Icicles on a church in my neighborhood.
Mom and I ready to go out for New Year's partying!