September 18th, 2007

Chicago, Travel

Road Trip

lemur_lady has officially escaped Indiana. Apparently, this will come with a new LJ account as well, so if I start calling her something else in the future, don’t be too confused. *grin*

Saturday night lemur_lady and I stopped at a hotel in Madison, WI, to get some rest and to let her poor stressed kitty out of its carrier. We settled into the room, and immediately set up our laptops to take advantage of the free WiFi, geeks that we are. lemur_lady tried (unsuccessfully) to get a hold of some Madison friends, while I looked up places to eat. We went out searching for a Subway, but found a smaller sub shop, and so we got sandwiches from there instead.

While we were at the hotel, we took advantage of the pool, and watched several episodes of a House M.D. marathon. lemur_lady’s allergies/sinuses were trying to kill her, but otherwise it was a very pleasant and relaxing break from driving.

Sunday we got up early and enjoyed the breakfast bar at the hotel. We got back on the road, and the drive to St Paul was pleasant overall, even if at one stop lemur_lady was cruelly teased by No Dairy Queen. We got to St Paul, and lemur_lady showed me her new apartment. Her room itself is small, but it has a large window framing a very pretty tree. The rest of the apartment is good, although it can certainly use lemur_lady’s assistance in snazzying up the décor.

lemur_lady’s new locality is fantastic, and once we settled in we went wondering about. lemur_lady has a Vietnamese restaurant practically across the street from her new place, and down a little farther is a Thai restaurant. Farther still is a small university, so lemur_lady’s new neighborhood has all the cool trappings of a college town (coffee shops every three meters, art supply shops, etc), including, as lemur_lady pointed out, a fresh crop of eye candy every new semester. *chuckle*

We enjoyed a yummy Vietnamese dinner, and then christened her new bedroom (yay comfy air mattress) before her new roommate got home. We spent the night cuddling, and I for one did not want to get out of her bed Monday morning.

Get up we did, however, and had breakfast at one of the ubiquitous coffee shops before going to pick up lemur_lady’s rental cargo van. From there we went to the u-pack trucking lot, and loaded the van. lemur_lady had done an excellent job of weeding all of her belongings down to the bare minimum, so it didn’t take long for the two of us to pack everything into the back of the van.

We drove back to lemur_lady’s, and unloaded the van, pausing to rest and set up lemur_lady’s futon. We stacked the rest of her boxes in the living room, and then showered and napped for about a half-hour. We reluctantly got back up, and then returned the cargo van. From there lemur_lady dropped me off at the airport, and we shared some last minute hugs and kisses before I had to head inside to catch my flight back.

The flight was uneventful, aside from the slightly stressful hustling once I got to Chicago. I couldn’t print a boarding pass in Minnesota, and while I was assured I could print one at the gate, I was worried that after hustling my ass across the entire airport to my gate, there’d be some problem and I wouldn’t be able to get to the terminal and back in time. However, I was able to get a boarding pass printed at the gate without hassle, and the rest of the trip was stress-free.

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Monday Night

Monday night when I got back from St Paul icespark was sweet enough to pick me up at the airport, even though it was in the middle of her football game. I thought we could go straight from the airport back to her house, but I’d forgotten that my car was at my apartment complex, and I’d need it in the morning to go to work. So, she dropped me off at my place, and I grabbed my car and met her back at her house.

We settled in on the couch, and watched the poor Eagles get pwn3d. I couldn’t help teasing her a bit – whenever the other team would score, I’d ask her in mock confusion why the Eagles didn’t try to slow them down, or try to run the football like that when it was their turn. I don’t think she was very amused, but it certainly enhanced my enjoyment of the game. I had planned to MUX, but I was exhausted by the weekend trip, so I decided to wait ‘til after the game.

When the Eagles were finished getting pwn3d, I finally finished setting up my laptop on the new tray table icespark bought specifically for that purpose. I was rather sleepy by that point, so it was icespark’s turn to mock as it took me far too long to get the tray table set up so I could put my laptop on it. She curled up next to me on the couch while I logged on the MUX, but I was so brain-dead at that point that I didn’t really get much accomplished, and eventually gave up and logged off.

I shut down my laptop and got ready for bed, and joined icespark. She was already naked and under the sheets, reading the last issue of She-Hulk. I told her she could continue reading if she wanted, but that I was tired and planned to sleep. She asked if that meant no pouncing that evening, and I regretfully requested we wait ‘til morning when I might have more energy. She agreed to those terms, and we snuggled up and went to sleep.