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Easter in Helena

I extended my stay in Montana so I could have a little more time with my family and friends before really diving into life in Chicago. I was glad I did.

Chris hard boiled some Easter eggs and dyed them Martha Stuart style in red cabbage and turmeric. He and I took Bannack a little way up Mount Helena to collect some grass for his basket and I made a little Easter nest.

It was great to get to fill an Easter basket with little Bannack.

The Hunt!

This was the first year Bannack was able to attempt an Easter egg hunt and he did very well! We took him to the one hosted by the Hibernians at Memorial Park. Bannack was raring to go at the starting gate and held his own against the six year olds towering above him.

Congratulations Chris!

Well, color me thrilled.

Chris got the fat envelope from The Cooper Union.

Portuguese Busker

A possible employment option? I’m not quite there yet, but it’s good to keep an open mind. Skip to 2:30 to hear him sing.

King Of The Bubble

This photo was taken during the King of the Bubble contest in Brussles.

‘The divers compete to form the best bubbles – it is judged on things like the size, the shape, how perfect the ring is, and how many bubbles they can do in one breathe.

‘You have to blow to expel the air and it will form a bubble in a ring.

‘There’s no perfect technique for it though, you just have to find your own tricks and see what works.’  -The Guardian

Peter showed me how to do this while skin diving at the Grotto. (Pretty much look up and say, “too.”) You don’t even have to be very deep for it to work. You certainly don’t need to be submerged in the deepest indoor pool in the world, but it wouldn’t hurt.

Most people have probably seen footage like this by now, but I can’t post this unless I acknowledge the superiority of dolphins in this field.

Coming Up: Obscura Day

The Atlas Obscura is the “compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica.” It’s a great directory chock-full of the weirdest and most wonderful places in the world. And this Friday there will be Obscura Day events hosted all over the world to celebrate this particular flavor of oddness. Chicago has a panoply of quirky destinations, but only a couple of destinations hosting Obscura Day events Friday.

Chicago’s choices:

Museum of Surgical Science
In honor of Obscura Day, the Museum’s curator will present 3D stereoscopic photos, chromolithographs, and a magic lantern show depicting skin diseases in gorgeous, gruesome detail.


Busy Beaver Button Museum
The tour will highlight important buttons throughout history and offer a behind the scenes look of our button archives.

It comes down to either and evening of awesome, gross-out, 100 year old science or, you know, buttons. Even if I don’t make it to either of these I’m glad to have the list I’m happy to credit my web-savvy mom with this tip.