Sunday, December 13, 2015


I was planning to write about something completely different, but this is more timely.

My birthday was in mid-November, and my sweet husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago and some other things I will talk about later. We used to go to Chicago all the time before I got sick. It’s a special place for us.

A trip to Chicago seems extravagant. For a birthday, I mean. I’m considering it a joint trip because Chris’ birthday was in early December. He agreed to it if he could go to our favorite place for breakfast. And so, it turned into a shared trip.

MIL had to tag along to help with me, and help she did. More on that later.

After a 2 ½ hour interstate closure, we finally made it. And my day was way less bad than the people involved in the crash.

We went to a museum. It closed before we were ready to leave, so I will reserve judgement. Except to say they closed awfully early.

On my actual birthday, I learned of my surprise. You see, I already knew we were going to a Copeland concert. What I didn’t know was there were V.I.P. passes. My aforementioned sweet husband got us one each. That meant we got to sit through an acoustic set, participate in a Q&A session, meet the band, get autographs and snap photos. Copeland is my favorite band ever in the whole, wide world. And the lead singer told me happy birthday before we had a chance to tell him. Because Chris told him on social media ahead of time.

Then came the actual concert. On the second floor. I should mention that the venue was in a building over 100 years old. No elevators. Lucky for me, there were some ramps and strong men involved. Once we were upstairs, we found there wouldn’t be a good spot for me to see the stage once it filled with people. Thankfully we were invited into the sound booth to watch the show. Even I could see from in there. The venue also accommodated my need for medication after I was in the building. Many thanks to my MIL for bringing them to the door for Chris to grab.

The rest of the show—and the trip, for that matter—went as planned.

I can still go to Chicago, but I now have different priorities than I did before.


Debora said...

So sweet of your hubby (and MIL!)! I haven't heard music from Copeland before now. I YouTube-d them and I like it! Have you heard of the acapella band Home Free? They are so talented and I really reccommend that you two see them in concert; entertaining on many levels. They genre they're categorized in is Country but their talents are diverse.

Glad to read that you're getting out and about. Happy Holidays!

Debbi Ruel

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome, Alison! So glad to hear that you and Chris got a chance to meet the band and have this wonderful experience in Chicago (Good work Chris... ;)

Merry Christmas to you both, from the Hook family. Many great adventures to you in 2016!

Love, Cousin Jamie
Benjamin Hook

Seventy Two said...

I photographed a fundraising conference here recently. What a wonderful place for photos. I almost always hate being anywhere at 6am, but this breakfast event proved an exception. The manger and his staff from venue Houston TX were extremely professional.