Weekend Coffee Share

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I would say it’s been fun to have my sister visiting. On Saturday we went to my aunt and cousins’ Kentucky Derby Party downtown. It was held downtown at Butch McGuire’s which has erected a party space in the street, which has been closed off. People dressed up like my cousin and his son (below).

Lots of women wore festive hats.

Sister, cousin, brother, sister-in-law

The space was festive with lights, fabric and umbrellas adding color. There were two TVs so everyone could easily see the race. If you liked, you could either bet your hour chosen horse for 1st place or draw a name from a hat. I tried both, but didn’t win.

The day was sunny and warm and up and down the street were temporary spaces for gathering and they all seemed busy. It seemed like life was returning to normal.

After the party we went to Greektown for dinner with my parents, siblings and in-laws. The restaurant was busy, but had fewer tables. We had to divide our group because we had 9 people, but we still had a good time.

I thought hopeful that life was returning to the city, but not far from where we were a man was stabbed at 7:30 pm. Later downtown at the park where people were watching the first fireworks of the summer a free-for-all broke out where over 100 teens were fighting and causing disturbances. This makes me less likely to go into Chicago after dark. The ruckus occurred in an area where tourists and Chicagoans enjoy events, theater and eating out.

I watched the 2005 Solaris and boy was I disappointed. I’ll post a review soon. It just isn’t anywhere as good as the 1972 version.

Tuesday I had a Zoom job interview. It was fair and I think went well. The big drawback is the job is far away and public transportation isn’t a reasonable (3 hrs each way) and the drive is also quite long. The job was instructional design for a cemetery association and while the people seemed nice, I’m not that interested in a job in that field. I’m confident something else will come along.

I’m reading Augustown by Kei Miller for my book club. It’s set in Jamaica and full of local color. I’m also reading Andy Ngo’s Unmasked. My other book club is going to discuss Paradise Lost so I have to get started on that.

I’ve gotten hooked on French Guy Cooks YouTube channel. It’s Alex’s creation and his videos are funny, delightful journeys for culinary perfection.

About smkelly8

writer, teacher, movie lover, traveler, reader
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11 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Good to see some happy faces enjoying some quality family time. And wishing you all the best for your future job interviews. Something better will definitely come to you 🙂

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  2. Kirstin says:

    A Kentucky Derby party sounds fun. My cousin and his wife live in Kentucky, he is an FBI agent and has worked the Kentucky Derby.

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  3. Susanne says:

    How nice to return to events like that, but is it safe there now? I’m glad you had a good time. I can’t wait for social life to return!


    • smkelly8 says:

      Healthwise, I thought this was safe because the structure had big windows and there’s a restriction on the number of guests. On top of that, the majority of the guests have been vaccinated or had COVID.

      As for Chicago’s violence, that’s another question. We could park nearby at my aunt’s apartment so that lessened the chance of car jacking and theft of the catalytic converter, which is now a problem. During the day, we haven’t had protests and the closed off streets make street protests or marches impossible. What will happen in the summer remains uncertain.


  4. The party looks like so much fun. Love the outfits.

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