We will arrive in Chicago this morning.
The plan is coordinated for us to get keys to the apartment followed by unloading the van. I figure that will give us a few hours to wander around the area before heading out toward the burbs. We are going to have to do some basic stocking. Even with gas and tolls, I have a feeling that downtown Chicago (if it is like most major cities) has higher prices for many items than you find a bit further out.
The plan – obviously – is to leave Ms Soprano stocked with the basics. We picked up dog food yesterday. As we drove over the last two days, we made lists of everything we would need to pick up (from laundry detergent and cleaning supplies and food) those things which have to be done (utilities, mail delivery) to making suer that she can find the school and the dog park (hey, when you own a golden retriever I am told that your priorities can change).
What I hadn’t counted on was the poor kid getting sick.
We found where we needed to be and met the lovely lady with the keys at 0900. I then left the daughter in the bathroom while I hauled a few things up from the car. Moved the car to the parking lot and hauled up a few more boxes all the while being very grateful that I had repacked theses boxes for me to carry. And that this round of bad back was no where as serious as the last time round the pain.
Shortly after noon everyone seemed stable enough to pack into the van and head out to one of the burbs. George it seems keeps track of just about everyone including a roommate from his sophomore year at Georgetown. Me? I have this huge floating gap (high school through FM residency) which is inhabited only by one person, Carmen, whose house I stayed on Tues.
So here we are in a real house for the rest of the day. Kid is too sick to go shopping, the Gwen is thrilled to be with people who think she is special and I am just relaxing. Furniture shopping is going to be done on line. For that matter, a lot of my life now seems to be on-line!