Happy Tuesday! I'm sure I am not alone to say that I am glad this whole election business is over. Regardless of what you feel about the results, it is time for us to relax, move forward, and try to come together the best that we can. We have had a very eventful week this week between taking a trip for the week, celebrating my baby's first birthday, enjoying some fall TV. Without further ado, welcome to this week's Tuesday Tidbits.
1. Fall TV is back
I have always loved the time when fall TV is back. I know recently I felt TV has been a bit different with TV with streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. There is still something so nostalgic about fall TV. There aren't as many shows that I like. I used to love "How to GEt Away with Murder" but the show ended last season so there are less options.
I do still love "Superstore" and that is finally back. It always makes me laugh and is by the same producer as "The Office". "Southern Charm" is also back now and am very excited about it. It gave me some of the interest in moving to the south.
The last time I really looked forward to the thursday night tv, though, was the years of "The Office" and "Parks and Rec" lineup.
2. Travelling to Chicago
On Friday, we travelled to Chicago to spend a week with family. Our baby Claire turned one on Friday and we wanted to go to Chicago to give her a nice party. We actually had 2 parties, but more on that later.
Once in a while I do miss being in Chicago although I don't always miss living here. I missed being able to see the leaves turn colors this year. I was able to see the beautiful leaves this year. It brought a sense of peace.
3. Travelling during Covid
Things are just so different this year and honestly a bit eery at times. The last time we travelled by plane was February prior to the Covid shutdowns. The plane to Chicago was pretty much full and of course masks are required the entire time in the airport and flight except when eating or drinking. No beverage service was offered. Claire did not need a mask as she is under 2 and wouldn't keep it on anyways. Aubrey is 4 and it was required. She is a smart girl and kept the mask on just fine especially since it had her favorite character: Minnie Mouse.
My husband and I went out last night to get a drink for a little date night. The city and many of the suburbs are not allowing dine in service. So many places were closed not only for the night but for good because of the pandemic. Streets were closed off to accomodate outdoor tents for people to sit and eat at. The places stop serving at 9pm during the week and 11pm on the weekends.
I remember being in my 20s and being out downtown until 2am sometimes. I remember the nights being so active in many parts of the city and once those places were closing, the businesses and professionals started making their way down to begin the workday. It was sad and eery to see the city be so quiet and desoloate that not that long ago was lively and active.
4. Bringing back old memories
Being back here defintely brought so many memories and feelings. I do love the City of Chicago. There are so many beautiful parts. There was always so much shopping, dining, activities. It has been in the 70s during this time. This is not the norm for November. It usually is getting pretty cold and often the highs of 40s or 50s. Toward the end of this week, it will start making its way into the cold but for now we are enjoying the warm temps we brought with us from Savannah.
My perspective on the City of Chicago and even the surrounding area: It is a great place to visit and not a great place to live. Most of the night I compared Chicago to Savannah and they differ in so many ways but the reasons why we left started swelling up. The taxes, the bitter winters, the cost of living. It is very expensive to park downtown just to visit.
The space is often small, the traffic and congestion is a regular, and crime is a problem. When I am walking in Chicago I have to hold my bags close to me. I get a small sense of fear if walking outside by myself at night. In Savannah, I have far less of those worries. There is a big difference between big city and small city living.
5. Two first birthday parties
We actually were able to have two birthday parties for our little one year old. We wanted to give her a bday like we did for Aubrey but also wanted to account for the Covid precautions. Also, I am from the southside and my husband is from the northside. Our families have settled as such so we didn't want to have one side drive an hour to get to a party.
We had a small family party on Saturday for my husband's side and a small gathering on Sunday with my side. Both parties were fun and it was great to connect with family. This time can be so isolating and we are already a bit isolating with us being 1000 miles away.
For my family party, my daughter actually wore the dress I wore when I was 1. I obviously don't remember the dress but I do remember seeing pictures of me in it. My oldest wore it too. When she was in the dress I really see myself in her. Aubrey is 100% my husband but Claire is me.
She was all about the attention. She was all about the cake. We couldn't have asked for better weather or a better time!
Hope you have a great week and stay safe everyone!