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Chicago, IL – Day 5, Financial Planner Visit, Shopping, Mary Kay Event and Dinner Out with Aunt Corky

December 16, 2013

Another busy day in the Chicago area. We had our annual meeting with our Financial Planner at Vantage Financial in Arlington Heights, late this morning.
Vantage Financial Logo
After our meeting, we had lunch with our planner, Sam S at Salsa 17 – a Mexican restaurant around the corner. We had fresh guacamole made tableside and I ordered the fish tacos. It was all great.

Salsa 17 - Arlington Heights, IL - Dec 2013
Salsa 17 – Arlington Heights, IL – Dec 2013

Salsa 17 - Fish Tacos - Dec 2013
Salsa 17 – Fish Tacos – Dec 2013

Tableside Guacamole ingredients at Salsa 17 - Arlington Heights, IL - Dec 2013
Tableside Guacamole ingredients at Salsa 17 – Arlington Heights, IL – Dec 2013

After lunch, we ran all over the area doing some shopping. This evening, we went different directions. Nancy headed northwest to Cary for a Mary Kay event with her director and fellow Mary Kay consultants.

Aunt Corky and I went out for dinner. We went to Bonefish Grill.

We had the Band Bang Shrimp appetizer and each had the Grouper. Yummy!

Bonefish Grill - Skokie, IL - Jim and Aunt Corky - Dec 2013
Bonefish Grill – Skokie, IL – Jim and Aunt Corky – Dec 2013
Bonefish Grill - Skokie, IL - Bang bang Shrimp - Dec 2013
Bonefish Grill – Skokie, IL – Bang bang Shrimp – Dec 2013
Bonefish Grill - Skokie, IL - Grouper with Chimichurri Sauce - Dec 2013
Bonefish Grill – Skokie, IL – Grouper with Chimichurri Sauce – Dec 2013

On the downer side of the day, due to rush hour snowfall in the Chicago area, Nancy spent 2 hours getting to the half-way point to get to her Mary Kay event. She ended up throwing in the towel and heading back to Aunt Corky’s. 🙁

Chicago, IL – Day 3, Visiting a Club Friend, Changing Locations and an Amazing Christmas Party Dinner

December 14th, 2013

Chicago weather was a bit unpleasant this morning with a couple inches of snowfall overnight last night and spitty frizzle coming down all this morning. But we had plans and we stuck with them. Nancy and Alice headed out to Our Kitchen in Elmhurst for a lunch gathering of their Oak Lawn High School classmates.

Pictured from L to R: Margie L, Selma, Alice F, Nancy B and Debbie R
Pictured from L to R: Margie L, Selma, Alice F, Nancy B and Debbie R

I headed down to the Midlothian/Crestwood area to meet up with friend and Heartland Owners Club member HT N. for lunch at Lone Star Steakhouse. Here’s me and HT.
Me and HT.
Me and HT.

HT is from Oklahoma and he’s in the Chicago area working on a project in northern Indiana. It was great to get together and catch up a bit.

After we got back from our luncheons, we packed up the truck and moved from Ed and Alice’s in Addison, to Aunt Corky’s in Morton Grove, IL. After we got settled, it was time to head to nearby Evanston for our a Christmas dinner party at Kurt K’s home. Kurt is a former work colleague of Nancy’s from Amoco/BP days. Each year, Kurt puts on a spectacular dinner party for invited guests. Nancy is blessed to have made this list for 20+ years. Thank you Kurt for your Christmas gift of a great evening each year!

Kurt's 2013 Dinner Party Menu
Kurt’s 2013 Dinner Party Menu

No food pics, but here's a picture of Nancy and I - Kurt K's Christmas Dinner Party - December 2013
No food pics, but here’s a picture of Nancy and I – Kurt K’s Christmas Dinner Party – December 2013