greetings from indianapolis
I got back from Chi-town about 4 yesterday. Since then I've had a lot of catching up to do, so my apologies for the absence. Posting will remain sporadic as I catch up, but things should return to normal quite soon.
My weekend in Chicago was just wonderful. Kim is one of my very best and closest friends, and we don't get to enjoy anywhere close to enough time together. Fortunately, the kids had a fairly active day so that by the time dinner was over, they were pretty good about going to bed. I'd taken her roommate Jennifer to the train station (memo to self: next time, Cecilia would love to ride the train) earlier so she could head downtown for an outing of her own, so after all the kids were down Kim and I had a moment alone for the first time in a great while. We sat in the backyard and drank cold Burghoff beer and talked and talked. After that we went back inside and I brushed Kim's hair (something I used to do a lot back when we both used to live in Louisville and hung out a lot). Kim has wonderful hair, long and heavy and black. We also opened a bottle of bourbon I'd bought Kim for her birthday and talked and talked. Kim and I share a number of tastes, and neat bourbon is one of them. It was an unforgettably delightful evening; we didn't turn in until about 3 (Cecilia had fallen asleep in Kim's bed, so I had to move her downstairs to where we were bunking).
Cecilia was just wonderful the whole time--a few toddler temper tantrums, but she was trying hard to be on her best behaviour. Kim told me that she, her kids and Jennifer were all utterly charmed. Of course I think Cecilia is an amazing kid, but it really feels good to hear someone else say it too, especially Kim, who is an über-mom.
I didn't hit the road until after 11, and it was a long and tiring drive home. Cecilia fell asleep in the car after a while, so I got about an hour alone with the road and the music and wonderful recollections of the visit. I'm already looking forward to the next time--part of the reason for this visit was to belatedly celebrate Kim's birthday, and I have one coming up next month, so i'll definitely make plans.