Friday, June 8, 2012

Chicago or Bust! : A Project Chicago Edition

Singing... "Chicago! Chicago! I luv ya, Chicago! You're only 14 hours, 7 hours, 24 minutes and 12 seconds, 11 seconds, 10 seconds, etc. away!"


I totally went bust! Well my credit card did that is. But, I'm still going to Chicago! How could I pass it up? I have never traveled anywhere alone. I have never flown. I have never been anywhere outside of Canada besides Grand Forks. I get to meet women I have only talked to on Twitter. I am getting a whole weekend without my kids and husband. (Notice how I put my kids first?) Love them, but gosh I need a break.

My first step in all of this was to ask my hubby if it was cool if I went. Seeing as this would mean that he would be watching the kids and all. The next was getting my passport. Yes, I am almost 35 years old and I've never had a passport. I've lived in Winnipeg all my life and had no problem not going anywhere that required one. Sure I had dreams, but I'm a pessimist realist and knew there was no way I'd have the opportunity or time to travel anywhere anytime soon. I have four kids for goodness sake. I'm lucky if I can ride the sleep train.

Now, I'm at step three. What the heck do I do now? What do I pack? What do I want to take with me? Should I bring my laptop? Is anyone going to have their laptop? Should have have travel insurance? Should have have some cash on me? Or just stick with the CC? I know I need my camera. I highly doubt they will let a naked woman with only a camera around her neck cross the border. Although, I am pretty sure they'd let me make it to Toronto. Us Canadians seem to roll like that. How many pairs of shoes? Pants? Shirts? Should I just wear what's on my back and put through an empty suitcase, leaving more than enough room to bring lots of booty back? What is in Chicago that I should make sure I don't leave without seeing?

Now on to the Mommy guilt questions: How does a mother of four enjoy this time away without feeling guilty? How many times should I call the husband? Should I call him sober or completely wasted? (If I'm wasted I could freely sing love songs into his ear) I'm sure the #cheesychicago ladies would find that funny. Should I call the kids to talk to them, or just let that be so they don't get upset and make me feel sad for leaving them behind?

On the way home, should I make sure I bring souveniers? What kind? My kids are 14, 6, 3 and 17mths. Should I do something unique to Chicago or completely cheesetastic? What about my husband? He's been there before. What could I bring him?

Suddenly I'm feeling a lot more stressed out than I think I should be. I know it won't be that bad in the end. I do know one thing though. I'm making sure my writing pad and paper come on the plane with me. I want to record every moment, every feeling. I don't want to forget this day for anything.

Hey Chicago! Are you ready for us?!


  1. Ahhhhhh!!! This is so exciting! I know it's a lot to take in but don't worry. It will only be fun. Perhaps overwhelming at first (I felt overwhelmed when I first went to NYC). But by the time the weekend is over youll be wishing you didnt have to leave!

    Ps I'm not bringing my laptop. A pain to fly with and my iPhone serves all Internet purposes. :)

    1. Okay, I'll bring my newly "hated" iphone. Not going into that mess. Okay I will. It won't let me sign into Twitter. Like wtf is that nonesense?

  2. Have loads of fun!!!! It sounds really exciting and I wish I was going to Chicago now. I've travelled to places in Europe but never been to the states, it's in my list. It's hard to not feel guilty but this is the first time ever that you have travelled by yourself so enjoy it!!!! Hope you take lots of pics!

    1. Save up. I think it might end up being an annual thing. Could you imagine meeting in RL in Chicago?! Wicked!

  3. Let me be the first to welcome you to America! Chicago, although I've only been to the airport, is supposed to be a wonderful city. For sure, take your camera. And for sure, don't worry too much about your kids....daddy has everything under control!

    Enjoy the alone time.

    1. Thanks. I'm excited. and nervous lol. I'll try not to worry about the kids. My baby has been possessive lately, so that will be interesting for Daddy.


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