Let’s play a little game I like to call: Which do you want first?
Oh, the good news?
- Littlest sister got married last Friday! It was a lovely ceremony in Tower Grove Park.
- I got to see a lot of family in a short amount of time because of the wedding.
- Baby Avery was the flower girl and my cute nephews pulled her down the aisle in a wagon.
- I got lots of pictures of my sister and my goddaughter.
- Avery has earned the nickname “Stone Cold” among the family because she is a very serious baby. She’s always looking at you like you’re just a little bit stupid. I love that she’s very serious – I hope she grows up to love Jane Austen like Aunt Sarah.
- I got to hang out with “far away” Grandma. It is always wonderful to spend time with granny and this time I taught her how to pose for selfies in this day and age…
- There is the family you are born into and then there is Claire – and Saturday morning I got to hang out with the family I choose. Claire and I met for breakfast at the new Rooster location on South Grand. We weren’t sure we’d be able to connect this trip and I’m so happy it worked out. I always need a dose of Claire.
- I finished off the weekend by seeing Whiplash at the indie theatre down the street with my pals and then had them over for dinner afterwards. Rex, Kevin, Peter and I enjoyed the movie a lot. It’s an intense look at how people are motivated, what makes greatness, and a sick twist about ego and pride. I think we were all happy to come back to my cozy house and relax after that. It was dark and rainy and Peter and Kevin were on fire duty. I learned about making newspaper knots to help start the fire better, make it burn hotter.
Dinner was lovely, the gentlemen enjoyed everything (Italian Pork Roast, roasted cauliflower with parmesan & thyme, butternut squash soup, mixed greens, and gooey butter cake for dessert!) and all three went back for 2nds on dessert. Gooey butter cake for the win!
- Spontaneous song! At dinner there was discussion about who first sang “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – John Denver or Peter, Paul & Mary. I was sure it was PP&M. Peter was sure it was John Denver. Rex is quick with the google and Peter wins. He celebrates by starting off the song, I jump in and then the other two piped in. It was a lot of fun. Also impressive is how well we all knew that song.
Now for some bad news:
- Littlest sister is still kind of a brat. I always think one of these days she’ll grow up, see the bigger picture, but that weekend was not this past weekend. I’m sure it will come across really mean if I give a lot of detail, so I won’t, but that sister won’t ever be my favorite person. I like to do nice things for people and I’m at the end of my rope wanting to do nice things for her.
- I still get a little heartsick anytime I’m in Tower Grove Park.
- I missed the OSU v. Indiana game on Saturday. My mom’s cousin gave me his awesome tickets (club seats!) for the game since he was going to be on vacation. I was so excited to attend my first game. The game time was 5pm. On the tickets it was 5pm. On the schedule it was 5pm. I had changed my flight to leave STL and get back to Columbus by 1pm – that was the earliest I could get back. I had plans to go straight to Rex’s house and we were going to do some abbreviated tailgating and get to the game. Rex texted me Friday afternoon and told me to google the game time – it was now noon. I thought he was kidding. What? Is that a thing? How do you just change game times? Something about game broadcast schedules and such. I wished Rex fun at the game, told him to find a worthy game companion, and made plans for breakfast with Claire (silver lining!!). So, I missed another season of OSU football AND the worst part is I have to come up with a new Christmas card picture. I was all ready for it to be a pic of me with the field behind me or me and Brutus Buckeye. Sigh.
- Newspaper knots are not working for me tonight. There will be no Monday night fire because after going through all of the remaining Sunday paper, I still could not get the logs to catch. I do not know what I’m doing wrong tonight – log placement? space between the wood? Oh well.
- I’m watching Ferguson on CNN. You never want your hometown to be on national news as the site of the next potential race riot. The grand jury verdict should be coming out any moment. I want there to be non-violent reactions to this news – whatever it is. I’ll keep the rest of my opinions on this to myself, opinions on this are plenty and sharing mine doesn’t help anything. I will share this blog post, written by a St. Louis pediatrician, Dr. Ken Haller. Ex Hubs knew Dr. Haller through the theatre group they both worked with and I met him on a few occasions. He wrote this and posted it to FB a few days ago and the STL Post Dispatch and a radio station picked it up. I believe people can react how they feel they must. I understand being compelled to certain reactions. Just listen to Dr. Haller’s words and think of how the children in the community will be affected.