Days 25-26: “IN” Round Lake, IL

Staying with Kim and Steven is so much fun! As I’m writing this, Steven is trying to convince us to stay later than planned tomorrow before we head out into the “unknown” portion of our trip (the drive between Round Lake and Seattle). Kim, meanwhile, is trying to convince Harrison to visit a tunnel somewhere…

Yesterday, we had a picnic! Harrison and Steven were very good at building a fire:

Harrison & Steven building a fire

Kim and I were very supportive of their efforts, obviously.

Mica & Kim in picnic shelter

Steven is a vegetarian, and Kim is a vegan. I love visiting them because we have so much fun and also because I get to eat awesome vegan/vegetarian food. This was a our picnic spread yesterday: “chicken” salad, chickpea-bulgur “salad,” “chips,” and “fruit.”

vegan picnic spreadAnd also baked beans and foil-packet potatoes which were reluctant to cook. Every time we checked them, they kept saying “I’m raw potatoes,” oddly enough.

foil potato packets on grill


We each had our own flavor of Jarritos!

Mica & Kim, Jarritos

After lunch, we played some spastic (on my part) frisbee and took a walk around Volo Yolo bog.

Bog walk

It was hot in the bog, but we made it look pretty good.
Bog pose

Steven made stuffed “burgers” for dinner on Saturday. Tonight, we had homemade pizza, each with our own unique combination of toppings.

pizza & burgersDon’t worry, though. We’ve been workin’ on our fitness. Kim and I ran this morning. It was hot!

Kim & Mica, post run


Kim is studying to become a personal trainer. This morning, she also coached me and Harrison on some couples yoga poses today.

stacked yoga pose

Meanwhile, Steven practiced riding the motorcycle of his dreams. [Kim may have just expired from over-laughing at the picture.]

Steven's air motorcycle

Data is highly judgmental of our antics. Seeing us goof around probably makes him feel, as Kim and Steven say, “stabby.”

Stabby Data


After a delicious brunch at Wildberry, we went to see World War Z. It was really tense (evidenced by my sharp intakes of breath), but I think we all enjoyed it. (Some friends have told me that it isn’t as good as the book, but none of us had read it.) In case you don’t want to see the film though, it’s basically like this:

Mica & Kim reenact "World War Z"

While they made dinner, I decided that Kim’s collection of cans makes her really unique…just like liking Christmas! 😉

Kim with cans


Liking pizza? It also makes you unique.

Thanks for the fun weekend, Kim and Steven and my cat-boyfriend Data! Next time we get together, Kim and I will wear our maxi dresses for the photo.

WVT at Round Lake

It’s all downhill from here “metaphorically.”


from the road

Day 24: Champaign to Round Lake, IL

We caught lunch with our friends Brian & Kya and Dan & Alejandro at Golden Harbor. I’m really intimidated by their giant menu (in Chinese), but Dan and Alejandro go frequently enough that they could order for us.

Group at Golden Harbor

All four of them had just gotten back from France, and they had some hilarious (and infuriating) stories to tell. It almost made us want to go back…but not really.

Kya and I had the same fortune. Twice the success!

Same fortune cookie messages

We’ll come back to CU to get our stuff–hopefully in August–so I hope we can catch up with them again!

Then it was on the road again, heading up 57N to Round Lake, IL. It used to seem like a really long drive to go from Champaign to a northern Chicago ‘burb, but after so many weeks on the road, it was no big deal!

Plus, Sirius (the satellite radio) was particularly kind to me on this trip:

Screenshot of Satellite Radio

“Another Day,” “Defying Gravity,” “My Heart Will Go On”

We’re staying in Round Lake for the weekend with our friends, Kim and Steven and their cat Data. I first met Kim through her blog, but we’ve hung out so many times now (and keep in touch, like, every day) that I consider her one of my good friends!

Last night, we went to El Famous Burrito for Mexican. The burritos were baby-sized, so here, Harrison is demonstrating how to give infant CPR. (He wants to point out that it looks like he’s taking it’s pulse, but take note. Infant CPR requires two finger compressions!)

Harrison giving infant CPR to burrito


Kim and I were delighted to share a plate of vegetarian fajitas. I wish we lived closer so we could always share restaurant meals! (Friends & Family note: A good way to get us to move to your city would be to offer to split restaurant meals with me, ahahahaha.)

Kim & Mica with plate

As I type this, we’re getting ready to go on a (vegetarian!) picnic, so I’m going to go help cut up some fruit!