SOME FEELINGS FROM THIS WEEK:
1. Taken care of.
Kristina Anderson (a fellow ex-SAS person) took us in after a rainy drive from South Dakota. Here was the best shot we could get of the welcome to MN sign:
|The first one we have seen in the shape of the state. A harbinger of good things to come.|
Kristina also took us out for a fun afternoon at Wild Rumpus Books and lunch at Tilia. Great books and great food, too.
3. Playful. Wow, our hosts have a lot of games. So far we have played spades, Settlers of Catan, Trivial Pursuit (winning question: Who played Zorro in "Zorro, the Gay Blade"? Answer will appear in next post), backgammon (Lynn had never played and she beat me all 3 games), and Ticket to Ride. Plus darts, foosball, and touch football (Sarah lasered the game winning touchdown to me on a post pattern. I looked up and the ball was _there_. EPIC.) Still more to play, including Racko.
4. Excited. Seeing Tyler Rebman, my freshman year roommate at NU, tomorrow night for dinner. Get to meet his wife and kids.
5. Proud. Go Cards!
Here is the schedule, to help you not miss a pitch:
6. Grateful. After my sister's epiphany ("Why am I not going to the World Series?") and my decision to join her, my mom told us she's buying the tickets. Seriously generous. Thanks mom! Dad would have loved to join us, I know.
Thanks also to Sarah for solo parenting while I am in St. Louis. And Lois for helping watch the kids this weekend.
Look for us on TV!
(Bringing my mitt.
Let's hope for lots of homers)
7. The last feeling on the list is slimy. From carving pumpkins, natch. One of the events we were most excited about as we planned this Phield Trip is Halloween. This part of the world does it right. Lots of houses are decorated, the leaves are turning, and we are getting into the spirit of things.
We hit a corn maze and shot a corn cannon and flopped around in a corn pit.
Here's D with the corn cannon:
So long for now. I am off to help Desi present about China to Max's 5th grade class. I wonder what the kids will say they know about China, when I ask!