Monday, July 1, 2013

A Midsummer Midlife Midwest Dream

Midwest Boomer Bloggers with our hosts.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

The "L" and buses
311 S. Wacker
I just returned from several days of travel, which included time spent in Chicago near the summer solstice--or "midsummer" as Shakespeare calls it.

I was in the heart of downtown Chicago, aka the "Loop," which includes many shops, restaurants, buildings and artwork.

My trip included two nights in the beautiful Allerton Hotel and two days in the John Hancock Center.

Like Shakespeare's characters, I had a rollicking good time near the longest day of the year.  During my stay in Chicago, I got to meet 15 other midlife bloggers from the Midwest.  It was a dream come true.



Melissa L., Shelley & Hana
Check out their blogs, which contain information ranging from recycling to grandparenting to travel.

Anita Jader: Anita Jader Photography
Bonnie Alatta: Grandma Bonnie's Closet
Bonnie Woodrum: Passport to Frugal
Cheryl Therrien: Grandmother Diaries
Hana Haatainen Caye: The Green Grandma



Shelley & Bonne A. with their Droid Razr Maxx HDs
I took all the pictures in this post with the The Razr Maxx HD except the first one.

Another blogger "beamed" that to me.  How does that work?

1. The first person selects a photo from the camera gallery.

2. Then she and  her friend tap the backs of their phones together.

3. The picture then copies from the first phone to the second.


Melissa W. & Lori


Karen L. Sandavol:  Art Photographer, Life Blogger
Lori La Bey: Alzheimer's Speaks
Lynne Cobb: Some Random Ramblings
Magnolia Miller: The Perimenopause Blog
Marci Rich: The Midlife Second Wife
Melissa Lawler: The kids are grown, now what?
Melissa Walls: A Room for Two with a View
Nancy Wurzel: Dating Dementia
Shelley Zurek: Still Blonde After All These Years!
Teresa Kindred: NanaHood


Lyric Opera
Grant Park
We will be working together over the next six months as Verizon Ambassadors. However, I am hoping to have a longer connection with this group of articulate, talented, dynamic and warm women.  

How marvelous to see the people behind the blogs and the tweets that I have been reading for months prior!

I enjoyed connecting with other midlife bloggers as we soaked up the sights in downtown Chicago. 


24 comments:

  1. You got some great pictures with your Droid Razr Maxx HD.

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    1. Thanks for letting me "catch" you beaming pics with Shelley. I am very pleased with the pics. Who needs to buy postcards when you can lean out a trolley window with your phone?

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  2. I loved meeting everyone in Chicago! It will be interesting to see how many 'converts' we get at the end of our trial period with our Droids. :)

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    1. My daughter greeted me at the airport, and the FIRST thing she said was, "Can I have that new phone." Uh, I miss you, too, sweetie.

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  3. I had a blast! It was so empowering meeting all these incredible boomer women.

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    1. Melissa L: True! Aren't we all great? What synergy. Thank you so much for sharing some of your time with me over those two days. You are fun, and you have great insights about life.

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  5. What a wonderful group of women! I feel very fortunate to have met all of them!

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    1. I was so hyped up, it was hard to go to sleep (even after taking the red eye into O'Hare from LAX). It was wonderful to meet you.

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  6. Fabulous pictures!
    Wonderful learning experience with the Boomers and Verizon. Exceptional memories made while in Chicago.

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    1. I have some other pics of our training session, some with you, Lynne, and Magnolia. Those pics will see the light of day at some point. :)

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  7. Good pics! Verizon is lucky to have such a dynamic group of women!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Connie. If hanging out with 15 other bloggers was that fun, I might just pass out from joy if I ever get myself to Blogher.

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  8. Great pics and post! It was a great experience, and wonderful to meet so many inspirational and talented women!
    Lynne

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    1. Lynne: Thanks for stopping by the blog. I had fun using the camera and posting directly to FB and Twitter. The pics are pretty crisp. It was delightful talking with you on Tuesday morning at the training.

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  9. Such great fun! Superb article, loved all the shots of Chicago and ME!! (teehee)

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    1. It was fabulous to meet you in person.

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  10. How fun to connect with other bloggers! Nice opportunity. And "beaming" photos? That's entirely new to me.

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  11. You are awesome Shelley! I hope we all stay connected long after the program ends as well! Blessings to you! Teresa from NanaHood

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  12. I meant Karen, not Shelley....although she is awesome too! I love your blog and will be back again soon! Teresa

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    1. We are all awesome (really!). Take care.

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  13. Sorry I missed this, Karen. Looks awesome and you're so blessed to have been a part of it. Lucky you about Verizon! Thanks for directing me here.

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    1. It was fun. Thanks for commenting. It was very enriching to meet some bloggers in person.

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