As you may or may not have noticed, I did not manage to post even once since I promised that I would try to “give you a little something” during my Chicago family and friends and continuing education extravaganza. What can I say? I’m just very Busy and Important. (Pro Tip: Also Lazy.)
My faithful desktop computer has given up the ghost, so I am using wonderful Mike’s laptop while he combines a laptop with a burnt out screen, my desktop monitor, my keyboard and mouse, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich so that I can have something to write with and we can both use the printer again. Did I mention he is doing this after driving most of the excruciating nine and a half hours home from Chicago? I am seriously considering marrying this guy.
(Pro Tip: It should not take quite that long to get from Chicago to Litchfield, and there should not be so much screaming from the backseat. Or so many Wiggles songs on the stereo. Or so many potholes in the Hudson TA parking lot. But I digress.)
We had a lovely time in Chicago, both the city itself and my parents’ condo. The latter is Zoe’s definition of “Chicago”. For example, when she was at the zoo and wanted to go back to the condo, she said, “Let’s go home! Let’s go to Chicago!” When we encountered a couple entering the building as we were leaving, she yelled, “Don’t go to Chicago! Don’t go to Chicago!” They were baffled, but we assured Zoe that those people would not go to Chicago.
Where Grandma and Papa live. Where the heart is. Home away from home.
P.S. I was going to call this one “They’re Baaaack!” and include a video of the trailer for Poltergeist 2, but it was so creepy I couldn’t get through one viewing. So I went with a nursery rhyme allusion (“To market, to market, to buy a fat hog, home again, home again, jiggity jog”), but it turns out the YouTube videos for that are almost as disturbing. So, I will let you find your own viewing for the day, creepy or otherwise.