Sticks and Stones and Chicago Bound

November 26, 2013 By Tom

My dogs have discovered sticks.  Bailey is almost 9, and Zilla is 5ish, and they’ve never really shown an interest in sticks until recently.  Now they can’t get enough of them, including trying to sneak them in.

how could you not smile seeing this dude?

bringing contraband into the house…

Anyways, yesterday afternoon I decided to head up to Chicago a day earlier than planned.  I had gotten everything I needed done in Indianapolis and I figured I could work from Chicago just as easily as from Indy this morning.  So I loaded the dogs up for a week at doggy daycare and headed north to my favorite city to celebrate the 5th Thanksgiving at my parents place there.

Zilla riding shotgun on the way to the dog hotel

Definitely a Thanksgiving full of change, it’s sad in a way to look back and see why the change occurred, but in a way it’s also refreshing to look forward and understand how thankful I am for some of the things that have come into my life in the last year as well.  It’s odd to think that a year ago the house was torn up because of the remodel and I was headed to New York City for the first time right after Thanksgiving.  I never would have thought 365 days (plus/minus a week) could change so much in my life, but it is what it is and I’m making the most of it.

there are a lot of photos no longer on this wall that highlight the changes experienced for this Thanksgiving

can never complain about this view outside my parents doorstep

Chicago is my favorite city, followed closely by Washington DC and London, so it’s good to be back.  I’ve got a few hours worth of phone calls and emails to catch up on this morning and then will be out exploring the sights and sounds of this beautiful town.  Feeling thankful for what I’ve got, what I’ve been fortunate to find and the good friends and family in my life.

Besides,who knows what the next year will bring, but I’m excited to find out.

And of course, in the words of JBD, “F#$K ’em if they can’t take a joke” (insert whoever “em” is to suit your need)

Time to go play in the Windy City, Cheers!