Drove across Illinois to reach Chicago!  Chicago is one of my favorite cities, and I am always happy to get back here!!!On a different note, watching scenery pass by is the perfect backdrop for thinking (not that I need much to make me think…)

  1. I Continue to have trouble getting tea the way I like it.  I think you all know my evening ritual is to have a cup of tea and relax before bed.  I went to a 7/11 to get my tea (I like black tea with milk and sugar) and was told they don’t have milk for the hot beverages, just half and half.  I know I have gotten hot tea with milk in 7/11’s before.  Does my wanting milk with my tea seem like an odd request?
  2. Thinking of Atlanta- I really liked how Centennial Park was surrounded by CNN, Coke, Aquarium and Civil Rights museum.  Even though I didn’t get to go to all, it was nice to know they were easy to access in a convenient location.
  3. The best thing I heard an admissions counselor say was at UVA. “People ask if it’s better to get a B in an AP class, or an A in a regular class.  The answer is – get an A in an AP class.”
  4. Driving through Illinois made me think of Superman- as we drove past cornfields I kept expecting him to appear out of no where…(I think I’m going to call this the Roswell effect)
  5. The Cracker Barrel billboard in Illinois was ” Breakfast Y’all Day”
  6. We passed a sign for the worlds largest covered wagon.  I think I’m going to regret not turning off the highway to see it…

61 thoughts on “Day 6- The Trip

  1. I’m loving the roadshow you’re providing 😊😉
    Although I’m a big coffee drinker, I love my evening cup of tea and it has to be just the way I want it or it doesn’t seem to have the same calming effect. Black tea, a teeny bit of sugar and some evaporated milk. I can never get it how I want it unless I make it myself… and almost never from any cafe. I feel your pain! Lol

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  2. The milk thing is weird. A 7/11 carries motor oil, why don’t they put out some milk?
    I want to see the lighthouse display in Chicago. They are scattered across the city and are painted by people with intellectual and physical disabilities. We lived on the north side of Chicago for almost 20 years, our oldest was born there. It’s our second home.

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      1. Not buying it. My 7/11 at home has milk out. And they had flavored coffee creamer in packets. And it was a 7/11 a block off Michigan Ave.

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      2. In New York they got what?a billion customers in a day? 7/11s are just convience stores everywhere else(think Stop&Go,Quickie Mart).Just buy a small carton of milk,use what you need and insist your daughter drink the rest…strong bones. Remember NYC is a place not like the rest of New York or the U.S.

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      3. So Chicago off Michigan Ave is that different than nyc? The one I was in was way busier than the 7/11 in my neighborhood. And, I’ve been in a convenience store by mammoth caves in Kentucky and gotten milk.

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  3. I always think of milk in tea as a British thing…but what do I know. Perhaps you were in a 7-11 in England somewhere when you got that tea with milk…;)!
    That whole concept now makes me ponder what the British equivalent of our US 7-11 might be??

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    1. Yep I’m a Brit living in Oxford and yes we love our tea taken with milk. We don’t have 7-11’s but I can tell you the closest British equivalent are ‘Tesco Local’s’, convenience stores you’ll find in every Town (and my housing estate) selling a little of everything!

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      1. So? More people coming thru means the milk doesn’t have a chance to go bad. Evdrywhere else that milk has sat out,at room temperature all day. Even most mid priced hotels have a coffee maker in rooms. Use a tea bag or two in the grounds holder and fill with water. Instant hot tea. Milk..?

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  4. I had the hot tea with milk problem all over California the last time I was there. My theory is that the farther away from London you get, the less they have a clue about milk in tea. 🤷‍♀️

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    1. Funny story. We were in El Paso about 8 years ago…I ordered tea, and she brought it, and I pointed to the cup and asked for milk, and she brought me a full glass of milk and then charged us for a glass of milk

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  5. I don’t use milk in my tea so that wouldn’t be an issue for me, but I do like tea at night before bed while I read. Loving your pictures and stories. Too bad you were already in Chicago because my book is part of the Sketchbook mobile library that will be stopping in Chicago next weekend!

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  6. Before we moved to the Tallahassee area we lived just outside of Champaign, IL, in the small town of Mahomet. We enjoyed Illinois. Lovely people there. And there’s no place I love as much as I do Chicago.

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    1. It was pretty neat. It talked about what Illinois meant to Lincoln. We also listened to a Nathan Hale one…very fun way to get a little history

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      1. Yes, Northwestern has a beautiful campus, excellent school. Well, it’s not over until it’s over! My daughter got in, waiting was tough! Write a clever and compelling application letter. She can do it. Sometimes the school we think we want doesn’t come thru and we get accepted to our second or last choice, which turns out to be the BEST place for us. Let the process begin… right. 🙂

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      2. My daughter is qualified, as are, unfortunately 10000 other students. Hoping she stands out, but the reality is still 7.6 % admission rate, or thereabouts

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      3. She’s probably going to apply to 10-15. The ed thing is a problem because she doesn’t know if she wants to commit. She’s getting some decent scholarship offers that need to be considered.

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