Sunday, 15 July 2018

We've got ourselves a crawler

Florence has been crawling for a week and a half now, clever girl.

It's a lot of hard work as she's constantly on the move.  The apartment isn't the most baby friendly so I have to be on constant vigilance.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Gingers aren't supposed to tan

Being outdoors a lot whilst here i've picked up a bit of a tan.  The weather's been great, these past couple of months have been pretty good in terms of temperature, probably averaging around 30 degrees C during the day.  Walking Flo around in the pram means i've been exposed to quite a bit of sun, but only to my exposed bits (face and lower arms).

Yesterday I rolled my t-shirt arms up to get a bit more sun on my white bits and now have bright red upper arms.  Doh!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Beach trip


On Sunday we popped to the beach for a little dip.  It's only 5 mins away and if you go early not too busy or hot.

It's quite weird being so close to a beach whilst in the middle of the city.

Second City comedy

We popped over to the Old Town on Sunday evening to watch a show at Second City.  It was part sketch show, part improv.  It was fairly good although a bit hit and miss.  The hits were very good though.

Yesterday's trip to the aquarium

We got a bus there but opted for the boat back.  What a view!

The crab was almost as big as Flo!

Pool time

My mum and brother came over for a few days (left yesterday), here's Steve in the pool with Flo.  It was nice to have a couple of extra helping hands.

America! Fuck Yeah!

April's boss kindly invited us to spend the day 'celebrating' the 4th July at her lakeside residence (Summer house).  Ticked off a couple of extra states too.  Indiana and Michigan.

Florence in her special shorts and top.

A town called Gary

Tough choice

I've never tired beer milk

By the pool

Wow, not bad for a second house

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Is it England's year?

Ha, ha, ha.

We certainly made it hard for ourselves today.

I do think we deserved to win however and we really should be beating Sweden in the quarterfinal.  Who knows after that?  Croatia semi final then Henderson hat-trick in the final???

Sleepy baby

I'm a little tired, maybe i'll get some sleep here

Not ideal, but certainly gives daddy some rest

Monday, 2 July 2018

It's hat day

Florence wanted to play with my hat (i've not worn it yet) and really enjoyed it.  If only we could get her to wear one of her own.

Where's Florence?

Over the past couple of days Florence has started 'crawling'.  She's not perfected it yet but is certainly well on her way.  Well done Florence!  Clever girl.  Now to stop banging your head on the underside of the table.

Nobody tells me what to do

Not even Mr Coffee

I put tea bags in rather than coffee.  In hindsight I probably didn't need the filter paper and 4 tea bags was a bit too strong, but I still call that a success.   I think I might get one of these bad boys to use when we get back to Blighty.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Nice addition

Out and about on a walk today and spotted this.

I bet someone thought  'Saw this, and thought of you'

Saturday, 30 June 2018

I've got the best friends

Some friends are on holiday in Ibiza, they saw this and thought of me. Or at least thought of my bar.

Urgh. Too hot for a Clark

42 feels like temperature yesterday. Far too hot. Luckily the apartment is nice and cool.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Sleep, precious sleep

Florence slept for over 11 hours last night!  There were a couple of squeaks during the night but she managed to put herself back down without the need for more food.  Good girl.  Now to make a habit of it.

1st in ages

First bit of baby sick on me in ages.  She had the cheek to laugh at me afterwards too.  Bloody thing.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018


Turned on the TV a couple of days ago and this was on!

What the fuck is it?  And where can you buy those clothes???

I'm so funny

Florence laughing at Daddy.  She even likes watching the video back.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Thanks Flo

Just got back from a walk and got completely soaked.

It's been raining all morning and supposed to rain pretty much constantly over the next couple of days but Florence gets quite annoyed when cooped up for too long.  It's been fine as it's been mostly dry and hot this past month and I can just take her on a long walk.  Today is terrible though and can see me getting very wet pushing her about.  This morning she'd fallen asleep within 5 minutes of getting outside but in that time I was already soaked.

On the plus side I got to wear my new pair of jeans.  I've not worn jeans for over a month as it's been so warm.

As long as Florence is dry.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Crime scene

I really shouldn't let Florence eat raspberries unsupervised.

Girl and the Goat

No, this doesn't make me the goat.  We went to Girl and the Goat last night (baby sitter Jess to the rescue).  It's one of Chicago's best restaurants.  And was very good.

We had roasted beets, roasted halibut, grilled chicken, fired lamb ribs, green garlic pierogies (I don't know so don't ask me) and goat belly with lobster.  Oh and we also had some cheese and pavlova.  Urgh.

It certainly wasn't cheap but I think it was probably good value.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Things I want to do whilst in Chicago

  • Eat a deep dish pizza. Tick!
  • Go to the baseball.  Tick!
  • Buy a hot dog from a street vendor
  • Fire a gun
  • Buy a news paper from one of those machines
  • Be involved in a high speed car chase through a narrow alleyway

I've found the alleyway... 

Gelato rose sculptures

On a walk after lunch on Saturday we found this ice cream shop.  They may the ice cream cones look like flowers.  It was pretty pricey but was impressive.   Style over substance though as it made not getting your hands covered in sticky ice cream virtually impossible.

New PB

New personal best!  Thrashed it.  And that's with a dodgy ankle.

Monday, 11 June 2018

No comment

There's an Indian restaurant near us called Gaylord.

Selfie photo in reverse for some reason.

Can I beat my lap time?

There's an athletics track close to our apartment so thought i'd do a lap.  I'll try and beat it tomorrow.

Allowed out to play

April's had a night out and an afternoon off the baby this past week so I was allowed out to play last night.  I decided to go to try out a few of the bars in the local area.

Some were good.

Some made me feel old

Some were great.

Ribs Sunday!

Is that a thing?  It is now.  We went to Southern Cut Barbecue yesterday for lunch and I had ribs.  We were supposed to go their on Saturday but decided against it.  With nothing in the house for lunch we popped in.

It was fine.  Not great, but fine.  The best part was the ability to order meat by the half pound. 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

I felt a little dirty after this

Donation dogs 

You have to slip the money in their little coat.