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May 27, 2005

More On My Illinois Trip

My sister is halfway to her due date. She's beautiful and blissful. I got to see the ultrasound video and hear her story of her trek to Mexico to get it.

I got to go to Trader Joe's for the first time. Thought of Kristen and Zero Boss.

My Dad, brother, sister and I hung around the kitchen table and played scrabble. We laughed and played and challenged each other's word choices. Sis bought Dad a scrabble dictionary before we left.

We went to Borders. And the library. And the library used book store.

We drank coffee. And white tea. And lots of water.

We stayed up late telling stories. I got to see the faxed house plans for the house my Dad is building in Arizona. The site prep is done and I think they are pouring the concrete foundation this week. It's designed to take advantage of the geography and climate of where they live, and be environmentally low-impact.

Quite a difference from the house where my Dad is living right now. Dad places high value on architecture that is appropriate for where you build. He drive through neighborhoods shaking his head at some of the building choices. . .

One of the things Dad is incorporating into the house he's building is a Japanese soaking tub, and an amazing greenhouse just off of the bathroom.

My brother's thesis was related to postmodern living and the novels of Paul Auster. I've read The Red Notebook and am going to keep checking more Auster out from the library.

We went to Walker Bros. one morning for breakfast, a family tradition that began after I got married and moved away. The table next to us was full of Russian speakers who considered Short Circuit to be a classic American film.

My neice, Th4, is an amazing child. She exudes confidence and security. She is one of the most loved children I've ever known. (And her impishness reminds me of my sister when she was that age. . .)

Mom took my sis and I to the thrift store. Another family tradition.

Mom's apartment felt like an art gallery when I walked in. Acrylic paintings, found art, sculptures. I brought home an amazing mobile. It's hung in my kitchen window now, replacing another one Mom made that's now hanging in the bathroom.

Mom gave me a great mini-massage, too.

My sis remarked on how one of the girls she watches is only six, but always asking first whether foods contain artificial flavorings or colorings. That comment has really stayed with me, and reminded me of my earthy-crunchy past. I'm feeling the need to get back to the basics, food wise. Ukraine was great for getting fresh, homegrown produce. I miss that.

I'm really glad to be home. I'm really glad I got to have some reconnecting time with my family.


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Thanks for thinking of me! We need to make it to TJs in Northern Virginia... if we actually buy a house this summer, maybe an Ikea/TJs run will be in order.

Posted by: kristen at May 27, 2005 11:28 PM

Your home adventures are as just as interesting as your Ukraine adventures. :) Thanks for sharing.

LOVE Trader Joes.

Posted by: sparrow at May 28, 2005 10:08 AM

Ah, Auster. Fantasic. The only writer to have his own category at Mysterium Tremendum.

Any way to get a peek at a copy of your brother's thesis?

Posted by: Jared at May 28, 2005 03:20 PM

Are you saying that _Short Circuit_ is NOT a classic American film? "Number Five is ALIVE!"

Posted by: Lenise at May 28, 2005 05:13 PM

We bond with my mom over thirft stores too. :)

Posted by: Andrea at May 29, 2005 07:49 AM

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