It's tradition now to go out for cupcakes with Kelley in January and stroll through the park that's near my favorite cupcake shop (Swirlz). It's that time of the year again!
This view of the "L" has always been one of my favorites.
After getting off the train, we walked to my favorite park (Oz Park). I hadn't been there this semester, so it was such a treat to watch dogs play, enjoy trees and a beautiful sunset.
There was a Golden Retriever that ran over to us for attention (we happily obliged), and her owner chatted with us for a few minutes. It felt normal. I forgot we were in the city for a minute, as I stroked the Golden's head. She took a picture of us, and we said, "have a great day!"
Kelley and I weren't the only friends there. There were these buddies too. They all belonged to different people, but they frolicked as if they had been best friends for life.
The sun faded over the neighborhood and park as an airplane jetted across the sky. I love seeing airplanes, by the way. It makes me happy every time. Airplanes mean travel. And travel means seeing people I love, whether that's going home, or to another state, or even coming back to Chicago.
Not pictured: cupcakes (gluten-free, of course!), how cold it really was, good, honest conversation, a little detour to Aldi for frozen fruit and Trader Joe's for almond milk, walking back from the Red Line stop near Moody and noticing pretty buildings along the street, even in the semi-darkness.
These are the calmer moments at Moody. It's good to just "be" sometimes.