Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The End?

J.K. Rowling wrote, "it is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up". While I was never dreading graduation, I was dreading having to leave everyone and the fact that my last summer vacation (EVER) would only be two weeks long. So, surprise! Time has completely flown by in a whirlwind and to be honest, I'm still spinning around. 
Senior week came to an end with a trip to Chicago to go to Second City. We took a bus into the city, had the whole afternoon to do what we wanted then met up at the comedy club when the doors opened. Don't let the blossoms and blue skies fool you, it was wicked cold the entire trip. 

 Instead of going to the Loop like usual, we decided to meander around Lincoln Park. This led us to the Lincoln Park Zoo and yes, I am aware that this is the second zoo I went to within a week time frame. We started off at a little farm that is perfect for all sorts of little munchkins . . .

And people who deny their impending adulthood. 

The boardwalk around the farm leads you across a bridge and gives you the most magnificent view of Chicago's skyline.  

That's the money shot right there!

The zoo is free and has amazing exhibits that let you get right up close to the animals.  

My favorites are:
The monkeys

Sahar, the lion who is overly (yet understandably) possessive about his rock.  

And the cubbyhole with baby naked mole rats (Rufus anyone?). 

After the park we took a stroll around Old Town and tried to figure out where we wanted to eat.  

 We ended up at a restaurant called Wells on Wells. We ordered burgers and a few bottles of wine as we passed the time until the doors of the comedy club opened. 

 Second City was, conveniently, right across from the restaurant so we dashed from one door and into the next before we got too cold. 

 Never having been to a comedy club before, I wasn't sure what to expect. The room was buzzing with excitement as we nestled down in our seats, ordered a drink and waited for the show to start. 

Not wanting to spoil anything that happens during the show all I'll say is that it was brilliantly funny. I laughed until my stomach ached and then laughed some more. Going into it I was beyond bitter that we didn't go to a baseball game but after having seen the show, there is no place I would rather have gone.  It was the perfect end to our senior week. 
Oh! And in case you're wondering, I did graduate. I did not trip up the steps. My name was not forgotten. My diploma was ready and signed for me. I did get rained on but the sun was shining in the end. Isn't that always the case? 

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