Back in November Mrs Shoo and I went up to Starved Rock State Park for a hike-away weekend. We had never been and spent most of the day exploring on the trails.
I am not an artist. I wish I could draw. I wish I could paint. But I can’t.
Luckily I can take photos.
On a whim we headed north to the Lincoln Balloon Festival. We met up with Mike, Sarah, and Colbie. It was good times. And there was a special shaped balloon.
Grayson and I have been having some bonding time since I was gone last weekend. After nap, he asked if he could take pictures with a (un-audible) camera. Having no idea what he was asking to take pictures with. We have lots of cameras. He takes me downstairs where I have some old film cameras.
He points to an old film camera that my grandpa had passed down. We grabbed it and I said let’s go take pictures.
He could have care less that there wasn’t film.
I wanted to get some good portraits of him so I grabbed my 50mm prime lens. A prime lens has only one focal length so you’re limited on the type of photos you can take, but it takes great portraits.
little big boy personality shines through. I am always corrected when I call him my little boy.
A love of music? A love of cheese burgers? A love of hanging out with friends? All of the above.
Lollapalooza has become a pilgrimage for me for the last couple of years. I’ve been going on a somewhat regular basis since 2007 (yes, the year of Daft Punk).
For the last two years though I have been on a mission to find the best cheese burger. An overindulgence weekend of music, why not make it a constant diet of ground beef?
This year I went to the following:
1. The Bad Apple. A delicious burger with short rib on top. Good. To the point 2.75/5
2. Kuma’s Too. Menu pictured above. A rock themed atmosphere with heavy metal playing in the background. Of course I had to get the Led Zeppelin. 3/5
3. Au Cheval. This was my favorite burger from last year and again this takes the cake. Perfectly grilled burger, bacon comes in 1/4″ thick slabs, and an egg to top everything off! There’s usually a wait and we arrived 30 minutes early to guarantee the first spot in line. 4.5/5 (Only because I want to dream there exists another place that has a burger just as good or better.)
4. Dry Hop. A micro brewery that has a close spot in my heart. Excellent brews and excellent burgers. 4/5
I stopped a four burgers, but my colon thanked me.
Music. The whole reason for the weekend.
1. Act that I didn’t think I would be so happy to see: Paul McCartney. Everyone has listened to the Beatles. Everyone knows the music. But seeing it live. Seeing a person that you’ve heard so many times and have burned into your pop-culture subconscious. I won’t say there wasn’t some tears during some of the songs. Sir Paul was terrific.
2. Group that I saw by myself and wished my friends would have seen with me: Sylvan Esso. I’ve been listening to SE for the last year and Amelia Meath’s voice has been a siren pulling me in to point that I skipped the first part of McCartney to see them. Totally worth it.
Sylvan Esso #Lollapalooza A video posted by Chris Scheufele (@gotshoo) on
3. Country music that I was actually looking forward to: Sturgill Simpson. It’s usually not my thing. I enjoyed it.
4. Best closer with the skyline lit up with lightening: Florence and The Machine. (Not my video)
And of course friends:
A photo posted by Chris Scheufele (@gotshoo) on
Okay, so a little more than 3 questions.
We were in the water a lot while down at St. Johns.
The Shoo family just got back from the US Virgin Islands. We spent a week with my in-laws, and my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. And of course Grayson was along for the trip. Lots of photos and video. Be warned: you’ll wish you would have been there too. I am going to try to break this up into a couple of posts.
In a not so chronicle recap:
Here’s the motley crew standing in front of Peace Hill windmill. The windmill was built in colonial times and used by Susanaberg sugar plantation. Note: Photo was not taken with a selfie stick or a tripod, but a good ol’ setting the camera up on a rock and setting the timer. #dadskill
Top right corner, multi-million dollar mansions over looking Denis and Hawksnest bay. There used to be a giant Jesus statue built in the 1950s on this hill but it was blown down by a hurricane in 1995.
Over Mr. Grayson’s right shoulder and down below is Denis Bay. Grayson was a lovely little kid on this trip. It was great just spending a week with him.
Mom and daughter. (Lynne and Sarah)
Lynne and Bob.
Bob had a camera this time. It will be interesting to see what he shot.
Looking up at the Peace Hill windmill
This is another windmill at the Annaberg Plantation.
A building on the Annaberg plantation. The hills were all terraced and would have been filled with sugarcane.
The texture of the walls is made of stone and cut coral rock.
This was our “No worries” friend Charles. He offered us sugar cane, “Wakes you up maaan!” And cut open a coconut so we could drink the water and taste the coconut. The water was excellent. It had a sweet taste with just a hint of the carbonation. Charles told us it would “clean your blooood.” The coconut itself tasted like eating an almond. He handed Grayson the seed pod and told him “make music maan.”
But how could you not resist a kid wearing a Bob Marley t-shirt.
Charles’ very appropriate vehicle.
Don’t you wish you had a coconut? More photos and videos later.
In November, Mrs. Shoo and I celebrated seven years together. Yes really. Seven. I don’t know what the traditional gift is for seven years, but I gave her a hand crafted wood bowl.
A friend / coworker had been showing his recent wood working skills. Always liking something that you can’t buy off a shelf, I asked him to make a bowl. He lathed it from a single piece of wood. I can’t remember if it is Cherry or Walnut, but either way it looks fantastic.
Below I have some of Mrs. Shoo’s loose fiber that she uses for spinning yarn.