Sunday, August 30, 2009

Adventures in Jazz at Trio's

Lori and Steve at Trio's- Taken by the Bartender-2009
Trios--LCS 2009
Saturday night I'm writing in pencil-which the lead keeps snapping off- under a dim light in the bar next to the brick wall of Trio's jazz club and restaurant. A glass of champagne rests dangerously near my left hand and the digital camera rests vicariously to my right. The jazz pulses through my veins. Steve and I sit at a back table near the window. But we do not have to worry about watching the musicians. I am absorbing the music through my bloodstream. As I peer around the venue, people are chatting. Some people are moving to the beat of the rhythm. Others are standing around. The musicians are having a reunion of sorts. They haven't played together for awhile. I know this only because my friend is the drummer. And these musicians were awesome. Guest singers came up to participate. That's what I love about the genre of jazz and blues. It's a give-and-take type of thing where band members showcase each other's music and support it. This is how music is supposed to be. I listened to my friend's drumbeat. You can tell he's behind the Gretch because he commands the beat and draws in the crowd with the heavy bass and heavy snare. You know he's there and he's confident about it. I had forgotten this detail until tonight. It makes me think about playing again, although just dreaming about playing is enough for me right now. That will carry me through. Just as some live jazz will carry me through the weekend. Just what the doctor ordered. ;)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Frogapalooza

Frogapalooza 1, 2, 3 - LCS 2009
I wanted to share a few photos with you. Steve and I visited Potato Creek last Sunday for a staff picnic and it was great to see everyone. We hiked the trails and took photos of the scenery. And of course when we saw the bog on the trails we had to find the frogs. Frogs make us smile.
Can you find the frogs in these photos? Some are easier than others.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Waves

New Buffalo--LCS 2009
It's been a little over a month since the library opened and things are starting to calm down.
I do have one more positive hurdle this fall: Open Book Family Fest. It's a great program that we've had for almost ten years. I've been on the committee every year except 2006 (or was it 2005?) when I started working at LaSalle. It's free and fun for everyone.
I'm starting to catch my breath. Admittedly, I've had some really tough days. I go through the motions and face my endeavors with a heaviness in my heart and my footsteps. I am happy that this summer passed by quickly. Places that used to provide refuge and comfort no longer exist for me.
I am regrouping and finding my own spaces for comfort. I am turning to the water and the beaches for comfort as the proverbial waves of grief hit.
Moreover, I am steeling myself for the changing of seasons: autumn and winter. And the holidays that follow.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fun Weekend

Field of Sunflowers on the Way to New Buffalo, MI- LCS/2009
It's been a fun weekend. Steve and I traveled to New Buffalo on Saturday and caught beautiful waves and stormy clouds. Photos will follow soon. Saturday night we visited a friend's party porch and enjoyed a fun night. Sunday we went to Potato Creek State Park for a picnic and hiking in the nature preserve. The weather was cool and the hiking was peaceful. Tonight we are working on painting the porch steps, paying bills, and catching up on writing and work.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Assembly of the Geek Nation: Part One

Lori at Gen Con- SJS 2009
Friday afternoon
I officially stepped down from my self-appointed post as President and CEO of GWA (Gaming Widows Anonymous). I am no longer a con maiden. I have been "conned" (couldn't resist). I am at Gen Con, aka nerdapalooza, dice dice baby, land of the geek, home of the gamers, goobers, storm troopers, and trekkers. I've seen hair of all different colors, animal ears, arms, and tails, costumes, monster puppets, goth meets geek meets anime meets renaissance. It's like the gaming part of ALA (American Library Association) on crack. And strangely, I am happy to be part of this experience.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mental Health Wednesday

Coneflowers at Tabor Hill--LCS 2009
I took a self-preservation day today. It's been a long time since I took a day off just to sharpen the proverbial saw. My friend and colleague recommended it. (Thanks, T.:)) My blade was pretty dull. I slept in until after noon and scheduled a facial and a free 15-minute massage as it was Wednesday and my-post birthday surprise from The Spa at Colfax. Then I was carted at the grocery store for purchasing champagne. Note to self: get facials more often. One more day and then it's off to Gooberland (that's Gen Con) in Indianapolis. I am looking forward to getting out of town for the weekend. I am even looking more forward to coming back to share with you more stories from the adventures.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Full Moon Week

Full Moon--LCS 2009
It's definitely been a strange week. We had several incidents this week in libraryland, but it is calming down. I did attend a great Preview Party (fundraiser) at the Francis Branch Library and attended Meet Me on the Island (sans the island) to promote the library. On Saturday, Steve graded here at home while I went to visit a friend for a swimming date. I received a lot of love from her fur children: Hildy the dog (black lab), Elsa the cat, and Petey the kitten/cat. It was a great time. After I came back, we drove up to the Lake, saw family and friends and stayed overnight.
I am looking forward to a calmer week in libraryland and a nice reprieve, as Steve and I are leaving for Gen Con in Indianapolis on Friday. Also, please say prayers for Java. She is not doing well these days.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Tabor Hill

Front Entrance to Tabor Hill- LCS 2009
Tabor Hill Sign-LCS 2009
View of Birds from Our Window-LCS 2009
Steve and I have the best neighbors. Not only are D & L our neighbors, they are more importantly our dear friends. We have known them since we moved into our home in June 2000. Today D & L treated us to lunch at Tabor Hill and Restaurant located in Michigan. We have been meaning to go for a long time, but life and schedules interfered. This weekend was definitely a rest/foodie weekend, so we planned the date for Sunday. The weather could not have been sweeter for a day to frolic in the vineyards. D drove us up to Tabor Hill. We made it to our destination in perfect time for the reservation. The hostess took us out in an open room with a gorgeous view of the vineyard. A bird feeder adorned the window outside and several birds (including the ones in the photograph) enjoyed lunch as well. I had champagne, a cold soup (tomat0-based), scallops, coffee, and a fruit dessert. After lunch, we went into the winery and the gift shop. So many wonderful things! After sampling and purchasing champagne and wine (D & L's treat--thank you!) We finally had to head home. It was a perfect lunch date, and I will remember this day for a very long time!

Timothy's and Capturing the Sunset

Capturing the Sunset II-Lake Michigan, LCS 2009
Capturing the Sunset-Lake Michigan, LCS 2009
Saturday evening I made reservations for two at a restaurant called Timothy's in Union Pier, Michigan. I found it online after searching nice places to dine before watching the sunset. Timothy's turned out to be great dining experience. The venue is located in an inn; the building was constructed circa 1920. The busgirl, Starla, and the server, Vicki, were fantastic. They knew it was our anniversary, so they placed a candle on the table and put a strawberry garnish on my champagne glass. The sandwich I ordered was unavailable, so I ordered vegetarian pasta (wonderful) and Vicki gave us free soup. The lobster bisque was delicious! The service was fast and efficient, so Steve and I were able to drive to the access of Union Pier and capture a Lake Michigan sunset. As you see in the photo, it was magnificent. Today was a terrific day, too. That's coming up in another post.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Happy August

July was a month of intensity; I look forward to a calmer, slower August. Today we are going to work around the house a bit, trek up to the beach, enjoy a nice dinner, and then take a blanket to the beach and enjoy the sunset. This will be our true anniversary treat. It's been a couple years since we have seen Lake Michigan.

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