Jul. 23rd, 2013 10:57 pm
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Both sibs arrived late afternoon on Thursday. When I drove to pick up Cathy at the airport, my car's air conditioning crapped out, so I took the car in for service on Friday, another insanely hot day. Fortunately, Stacey drove in, so we were able to use her car (though she doesn't have air conditioning!). We hung out at home mostly, but went out to lunch and then browsed a used bookstore (shock!) Despite the fact that they'd both given me books for my birthday, I bought some more.

Friday night, we went to Victory Gardens to see Luis Alfaro's Mojada, an updated version of Medea, set in the Mexican immigrant community of Pilsen in Chicago. It focuses on the idea of exile. It could use a bit of editing, I think. The second act is much stronger than the first, which has a good deal too much exposition. The acting was generally excellent, though.

Picked up the car on Saturday. Of course, having gotten the air conditioning fixed, the weather cooled. Figures!

The memorial service was good, though the retirement home chaplain was recycling some platitudes. Decent attendance, many old friends of my mom's, of course. Later, we went to dinner with Eila's family and some friends, and drank many bottles of wine in her memory. Good food, too!

Stacey had to leave early on Sunday morning to be back home by evening. Cathy & I went to the Art Institute. The Japanese print gallery has an exhibition of Hokusai, which was pretty fabulous, and we checked out the Undressed and Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibits, as well as Kara Walker's Rise Up Ye MIghty Race!. Then we were tired, so we went back to Hyde Park for lunch and a visit to yet another bookstore before I took Cathy to the airport.

The weather was pretty fabulous today, low to mid-70s, sunny, lake breeze, so I went over to the Wooded Island, walked around a bit, and then sat in the Japanese garden there and read a bit. Then I wandered a bit by the lagoon shore behind the Museum of Science and Industry. Astounding numbers of dragonflies were flitting about the plants, and I managed to find one that stayed still long enough for me to get a photo:


Date: 2013-07-25 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a great dragonfly photo! I've seen those up here as well--they look like little biplanes.

Date: 2013-07-25 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I took it with my iPhone and couldn't believe how well it turned out.

I think dragonflies are just gorgeous.

Date: 2013-07-25 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow! What a dragonfly, looks like he's part butterfly!

I'm glad you had a nice weekend with your sisters. You three have a special bond, too many siblings don't get along so well.

Date: 2013-07-28 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sounds absolutely lovely. As an only child I always enjoy your updates when your sisters visit for more reasons than one. Even as an only child, though, it strikes me as so great that you all enjoy doing the same things. Often that isn't the case, I know. Glad you had such a super time. Oh, and the play sounds fascinating! Theater is the thing I've missed most over the last 20+ years. I've been only once or twice to Spanish plays, usually they prove too much for me!

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