Blast from the Past

Last night, I texted my sweet, silly, favorite traveling buddy Tania Marie that she would “be happy because I gave myself bangs again.” I knew she’d get a kick out of that simple text, and sure enough, we both took a stroll down memory lane back to when she visited me in Chicago in 2010. For some bizarre reason, the first thing we did together after honoring my favorite tree on the shores of Lake Michigan that I visited every day while living there …

Tania Marie and me with "Tree" in 2010

Tania Marie and me with “Tree” in 2010

… was hack off part of my hair. We then spent the rest of the trip “reclaiming” Rockefeller, Draco, Egyptian and big bankster areas — a whirlwind faery giggle fest through some of the least likely spots you’d expect to find a faery.

The next day, we climbed all 271, windy steps to the top of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel:

At the top of Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago

At the top of Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago

and sat at the carillon to (pretend) play the bells:


This photo always cracks us up, because Tania looks so hilariously buff, and I am clearly makin’ mischief.

The next day, began with bindi’s and fresh juice:

Laura Egg and Juice

… then we hit the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, causing a ripple giggle fest in the couple we asked to snap our photo:

Walk Like a Sumerian

Walk Like a Sumerian

We can behave ourselves, though, too:

T and L at the Oriental Institute

We continued winding our way to the downtown area, where we had to visit “The Bean” …


… which contorts and distorts in all sorts of funny ways when you look into it:

The Bean

Tania sent me the photos last night as we texted, because I had lost mine in a computer crash after I quit Facebook. We had to marvel at how many photos we took on the Chicago trip (hundreds) and not a one on our most magical Mendocino Adventure in 2009. I can’t believe it’s been nearly four years since T and I have hung out in person! Fun times from afar, but a visit elsewhere is long overdue …

Miles to go

Here’s to friendship, feasting, laughter, memories and more to come! Wishing everyone such fun. Happy Mercury Retrograde!

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mari Braveheart-Dances on June 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I must comment, if only briefly. This feels sweet and lovely and hopeful and HAPPY! I love these – thank you so very much for sharing. I’ll treasure this! Rockin, for sure! Peace, Mari


  2. love, love, LOVE this!! have to reblog. if ever i want to laugh a good laugh i just have to look at these photos, especially the sumerian and carillon!! looking forward to the next adventure, sooner than later. ❤ you tons.

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  3. Sure enjoyed your post and pictures down memory lane with you and Tania. What a great time for you and I could feel it in your share. Hugs to you both.


  4. Reblogged this on Tania Marie's Blog and commented:
    This is such a fun post that I couldn’t resist sharing it. These photos and the memories they invoke, bring this faery to laughter tears. When ever I need a good cleansing laugh, the photos of Laura Bruno and I Sumerian style and working up some mischief at the carillon are all I need. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had in-person connecting, yet our connection transcends time and space so while it is four years ago, it also seems like not long ago at all. Thanks for the walk down memory lane Laura. A great way to kick of the Mercury Retrograde indeed with some humor and lightness. Love you bunches!!


  5. Posted by Mitch Mattraw on June 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Ahhhhh! You really do look like soul sista’s!


  6. Posted by Sky on June 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Love your sharing a walk down memory lane with us! Great reminder of what great friendships are all about. They truly do transcend time and space.


  7. Thanks to everyone for sharing the fun with us! Yes, Tania and I are definitely soul sista’s. 🙂


  8. Posted by Cnawan Fahey on June 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Such a lovely post. Thank you for sharing this glimpse into your friendship!


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