Had a nice trip to Chicago this weekend. Spent most of Saturday hanging out with George and Tanya and Little George and Leanna. The kids came to open the door and Bill immediately commented that Georgie looks a lot like Harry Potter. Later in the day we found out that Georgie had read the Harry Potter book and not liked it and therefore future references to his likeness to the main character are probably not recommended. He likes books like the Hardy Boys. Can't blame him. I like those kinds of books when I was his age.
The kids are both way smart. They don't talk so much around their parents, but get them alone and they talk plenty, especially after spending half the day together. Hopefully we'll have enough chances to hang out with these guys in the next few years that the kids won't feel shy around us anymore. We're a lot closer to Chicago in Ann Arbor than we were in Waterloo, so that should be possible.
Saturday evening when we got back to Bill's mom's house there was a message for me lying just inside the door. It was from my mom. Jenny Page's dad passed away Friday afternoon. She's at her mom's. Funeral 11 am on Tuesday.
After a little snuffling I called Jenny and then Joe and then Emily. I knew Jenny would really want to hear from Joe and in fact she thanked me the next day for calling him. When I called him I asked if he'd heard about Jenny's dad and he said "Did he pass?" and I confirmed that, and then he said "Damn!" a few times, like he really meant it. When I called Emily she didn't really respond much. But then it was Saturday night and who knows what she was in the middle of. While I had her on the phone, I reitterated the invitation for her to stay with us for Joe's wedding, but she's already staying with her friend Jess. I mentioned Ken and Liz are staying with us. "oh," she said, "then it'll be crowded anyway." I felt oddly defensive about that, but I guess in a way she's right. I dunno... Emily still has that magic skill of making me feel tongue-tied. Oh well.
Today we had a lovely lunch with Nancy - strip steak and potatos and green beans and rolls and strawberry pie to top it off. I ate too much even though I'm supposedly trying to lose weight. On the way home I stopped once for lemonade and also had a small snack bag of crunchy cheetos but for dinner I was pretty good and just had 5 chicken nuggets and a caesar side salad at Wendy's.
When we got home we did a whole round of chores and then Bill set up the new game he got for me, Dance Dance, Revolution. I went through two rounds of training lessons and really worked up a sweat! it was fun. It's not too easy but it's consistently possible, so that's good. (this is a game with a pad controller you stand on, so you hit things with your feet according to certain patterns and rythms. Then he played chess for a while. Time for bed. A good weekend, overall.
Note to myself: skipping christmas by John Grisham would make a good christmas present to my parents.