I’ve Been Away Because I Won A Trip To L.A.!

Hi everyone!  I’ve been absent from The Chicago Files recently as I won a trip to Los Angeles and have been soaking up the California sun!  I had an absolutely brilliant time and just got back so I’m a bit bleary-eyed at the moment! I have lots to share with you, so for now I’d like to start with the above photo.

This is a pic of the beautiful hills from Hollywood if you can believe it! It is literally as if I was transported to another world, with everything so green and bright.

So it’s cups and cups of coffee for me for now, but I’ll get going soon enough and share some pics and stories with you!

I love California, yet it’s good to be back in Chicago and very importantly, back to The Chicago Files!

  60 comments for “I’ve Been Away Because I Won A Trip To L.A.!

  1. March 31, 2018 at 11:10 am

    How exciting, Cher! I look forward to hearing more about your adventures. 🙂

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    • March 31, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Ah, thank you so much, Carol! I am truly grateful!! Cher xo

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  2. March 31, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Ooh looking forward to hearing all about it!

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    • March 31, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Ah, thank you so much, my dear!! Cher xo

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  3. March 31, 2018 at 11:27 am

    So that’s where you’ve been hiding! Glad you enjoyed your holiday Cher! ❤️

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    • March 31, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hi John! Hahaha Yes, that is where I’ve been hiding! And I must say the weather was incredible! While it rained the first day, the rest of the trip was near perfect weather! Thank you, John! It was great! I’m looking forward to sharing some pics! Cher xo

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      • March 31, 2018 at 12:31 pm

        I’m glad your home safe Cher. So, c’mon back to the Valley, we have 80’s today. I will be meeting Sue and Dave from Travel tales Of Life on the fourth here in Vegas, at the Luxor for a lunch or breakfast!

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      • March 31, 2018 at 1:29 pm

        Thanks, John! Ah, that is a great temp! Oh are you? Please say hello to the fellow Canucks for me! Cher xo

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      • March 31, 2018 at 1:31 pm

        Your welcome! And I will if I can remember. Memories are a fleeting g thing…

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      • March 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm

        *grin* xo

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  4. March 31, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, Cher, congratulations! How exciting! Looking forward to hearing more about it 🙂

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  5. March 31, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    how lucky, cher!

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    • March 31, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you, Beth! I truly am super grateful!! Cher xo

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  6. March 31, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Very cool. or maybe I should say “very warm” since I’m sure it was nice to get away from late winter/early spring.

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    • March 31, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Why thank you so much, Trent! Hahaha oh yes, it sure was! And everything was so green which is definitely not the case here in Chicago yet! Cher xo

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  7. March 31, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Nice!

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  8. Amy
    March 31, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Wow!! Enjoy the trip!

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    • March 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you, Amy! It was awesome and now here in Chicago I’m praying for warmer weather! LOL Cher xo

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  9. March 31, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    How wonderful. Looking forward to pictures.

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    • March 31, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you, my fellow Chicagoan! I’ll get some good pics together and post them soon! Cher xo

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  10. March 31, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Nice!

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  11. March 31, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    So wonderful to win a trip. Welcome home.

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    • April 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Ah, thank you so much, Kelly! Cher xo

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  12. March 31, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Welcome home

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    • March 31, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Ah, why thank you so much, Don!! Cher xo

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  13. March 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    wow so much fun xx

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  14. April 1, 2018 at 5:05 am

    This brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you that you can be there and even won the trip!! Lucky you! Gosh, it is far too long ago since I have been there.

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    • April 1, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Ah, bless! That is so incredibly kind of you to say, Erika! Thanks so much! I truly am so grateful to have won this amazing trip! Every moment I was aware of how lucky I was to be experiencing all of it! Oh then you must go back! Cher xo

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      • April 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

        Did you hear me sighing? I will come back for sure. Just this year I have no idea if it is doable. But I will be back… You watered that seed with your post … sighing again!

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      • April 1, 2018 at 4:22 pm

        Awh, yes I did hear you sighing! I hope you get to go back there soon, dear Erika! I know it’s an amazing place, and so I understand my seed watering! 😉 Cher xo

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      • April 2, 2018 at 9:58 am

        You absolutely brought the Calfornian sun and feeling to my heart. Thank you, Cher 💖

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      • April 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

        Ah, bless! That’s awesome to hear, Erika! Thank YOU! Cher xo

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      • April 2, 2018 at 10:17 am

        I thank YOU 😊🌞🌴🌊

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  15. April 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Congratulations on winning a trip!!! California is a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live here!!!! It’s a nutty state!!!

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    • April 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you, SD! Well that perfect weather sure is amazing! Cher xo

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      • April 1, 2018 at 12:26 pm

        Oh yes, there is that!!! While the rest of the country is buried in snow, we sit out on our patio and drink coffee in the morning!!!

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      • April 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

        Now that sounds lovely!

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  16. April 1, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, congratulations on the win! I am looking forward to hearing about your adventure 🤗

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    • April 1, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Christy! It was a wonderful trip and I am super grateful to have won it! Thank you, my dear! I’ll have some pics up soon! Cher xo

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  17. April 1, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    What a wonderful thing to happen, look forward to the photos.

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    • April 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Why thank you so much, Hilary! I’ll be sure to get some posts up soon! Cher xo

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  18. April 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    It looks greener there than I thought it would be! What a fabulous holiday adventure, made even sweeter with all expenses paid! Now,that’s my kind of holiday! I look forward to hearing all about it & some snap shots.
    Cheers,
    Quiche

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    • April 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Hi there, dearie! Oh yes, it is extremely green and lush! It’s absolutely breathtaking! Yes, it sure did! There were some expenses but a lot was covered so that was awesome! Thank you, my dear! I can’t wait to share more about it!! Cher xo

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  19. April 1, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    That’s delightful! Good to see you back!

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  20. April 5, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Sounds like quite an adventure! 🙂

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    • April 5, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Dina! Oh yes, it was really great fun! I’ll be posting more about it soon! Thank you, Dina! Cher xo

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  21. April 6, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Wow!! trust you had great time there 🙂

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    • April 6, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Hi Indah! Thank you, yes it was awesome! I do love California!! Cher xo

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  22. April 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    How did you win a trip? I always enter contests but haven’t won one thing.

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    • April 22, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Susanne! I literally filled out a form online (one entry). I saw this contest advertised on one of the sweepstakes sites I often go to. I could hardly believe it when I received an email telling me that I had won. Please keep filling out entries, Susanne!! Oh, and the other thing I did (believe it or not) was that I kept saying (for months) that I was going to win a trip to California. Sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what I did! It would be awesome if you won!! Cher xo

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