posted on 12/12/2013
As you may or may not know, Chicago (also commonly referred to as "Chi-Town" if we want to get technical with things) is about two hours from where I live. You also may or may not know that I have a love affair with Chi-Town. I'm not sure if its the abundance of amazefest food, the abundance of things to do, or the abundance of winds that are so harsh they will slice right through your throat and make you never want to step outside again, but regardless, it's great. This past weekend Shawn and I made the trek up to the great city and took full advantage of what it has to offer. We shopped, we ate, we drank, we sang our hearts out at the house of blues while listening to Corey Smith, we hoped to run into Giuliana Rancic (and by we, I mean me, and now that I mention it I really don't want to talk about how she wasn't there nor did she respond to my tweet which means we are basically no longer BFFS and I am crying as I write this...ANYHOW), we also made our way to The Field Museum to see the 1893 World's Fair exhibit. I felt like it was only necessary to pay a visit considering this is the year that my parents were born. Basically.
One thing I never realized until this point is that The Field Museum exists because of the World's Fair and opened a few months after the World Fair ended. Turns out after you hold one of the greatest events in History you have a lot of leftover "stuff" that you need a house for. Who knew?
Have you ever thought about what happens when modern day technology collides with old day history? I hadn't either, but I now have the answer. It looks a little something like this:
That would be an app that you can download on your smartphone which has all sorts of interactive tours of the museum exhibits and so on. Try that one on for technology size. Props to you Chicago Field Museum for that genius move.
I will admit it was pretty cool to see over 200 artifacts from the world's fair along with all sorts of stuffed animals. And no I don't mean care bears. We are talking legit life size real stuffed animals.
this lion and I threw down. I won. RIP.
It turns out the 1893 World Fair was a pretty big deal. I know this only because these people told me so.
Here are a few additional pictures of artifacts that were on display in the exhibit.
Parts of me want to say "isn't that the biggest bone you have ever seen?!" but parts of me also feel like that sounds a little dirty and while I am sure the bone wasn't the cleanest when it was discovered, I am not sure it needs my vulgar statements thrown into the mix to bring to life the massive size that it really was.
And like all smart museum exhibits, we ended up in the gift shop where I cuddled (and adopted) a real life panda bear. I know, I couldn't believe it posed so perfectly either for it's first picture with it's new mama. Goochie goo Pandy.
In all seriousness, this was such a fun learning experience and I am so happy Shawn and I decided to open our brains a little bit to the old wonders of the world. If you get a chance to stop by the Chicago Field Museum anytime soon, pay a visit to the 1893 World's Fair exhibit and prepare to walk out a lot smarter and more well rounded. Seriously, they had a McDonalds inside the museum.
While I'm off
cleaning my house climbing trees in the tropics I figured I would introduce you to my twin.
Long story short-we went to Chicago for the weekend. It was way too cold there so we flew off to Puerto Rico. We did not just take this picture in a museum exhibit. Promise. Nor did I just Google how to spell Puerto Rico. Double promise.
Speaking of twins though, during my time in the Caribbean I did find my doppelganger.
Unfortunately he decided not to come home with me so I mean whatever, I'm over it and have moved on. Which brings me to my next twin who I hope doesn't plan on kicking me to the curb anytime soon. All you need to know is we are two peas in a pod who do so many similar things it's scary. Allow Julie to explain....
Hi Living in Yellow readers! My name is Julie and I'm a lifestyle-meets-new-mama-
blogger over at The Girl in the Red Shoes. Now that I'm a mom I kind of live vicariously through Erin. But in reality, we could totally be the same person. After all, we both couldn't live in a world without mac n' cheese.
We both know how to take a great selfie.
We have perfected the "squat and pose"
We know how to make living in cold weather look fun.
These kind of things tend to happen to us....and then we blog about them.
And clearly, we are both photogenic.
In reality, I'm a wife, full-time working mama, have the cutest one year old son Hudson, am a lover of teenage TV dramas (Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries anyone?), and somewhat of a DIY decorator. I would love for you to stop on by my blog and say hi! You can also find me on Instagram at girlintheredshoes. I promise not to post too many pictures of poop.
posted on 12/10/2013