Monday, August 17, 2009

August 2009 - First stop on Micah's and my wonderful road trip with Micah - Atlanta

I hope Mary smiles like that when she talks to me on the phone!
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Bartlett, Micah and Denton

Bartlett is making a valiant effort not to smile, but he's not fooling me!
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Allie's first day of her new job

Mike and Allison talk over her first day of work at her new job.
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While I was gone...

Terry and I met in Virginia Beach, at Oceana Stables. He couldn't go on this roadtrip with me, because someone has to have a real job. I saw a lot of things he'd have remembered or liked to learn about so he was, in a way, with me. I'd post a more recent picture but he hasn't changed a bit so who will know the difference?
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Sort of off the subject

Not really with the theme of my trip but I did see this while on my trip and it is importanttomadeleine so this picture of Maddie and Tucker is included. Maddie is Micah's childhood friend. They rode their horses together, fought over Beanie Babies, played Breyers, trained their dogs to do Agility - the complete friendship.
David and his friend, Philip, went on a California road trip, stopping first in Marfa, Texas, then to LA, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Yosemite, the Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and, finally, through Lubbock to spend a night with Terry's parents. This is a shot of Santa Barbara campfire with Philip and Dana the Man's children, Kai and Chacha. (Chacha is a championship surfer :)) Dana is an old friend of our's with whom David has become really good friends and whom he has visited several times before.
Knowing David was visiting Monica and her sister, Dana (Dana the Girl), (in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively) was almost like knowing he was visiting his cousins. He had a great time with both of them. We love those girls!
David got to surf at The Ranch in CA with Dana the Man.

The map Micah bought at a garage sale in Cambridge. It's in German and was made before the Soviet union broke up. The chair was my paternal grandmother's - my mom had it covered and gave it to Micah when she was a little girl.
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Sarah and Micah heading out on their first day of work!
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Room with a View

Micah's view from her desk in her office.
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Micah will be teaching in this old convent in Boston. What's not to like about that? Lucky girl!
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"It is but the farm of a Patriot." John Adams, 1788


Micah loves history as much as I do. Fortunately, she came to that realization in time to major in it in college, not when she was about 50, like I did. We went to visit three of John Adams' homes and completed part of the Freedom Trail in Boston. Oh, she is so fun to be with! I miss her!
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Emily, taking the pie that she made for Me out of the oven. :)
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Turns out Sarah is pretty competitive. Luckily, she was on my team!
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What's the biggest thing on your mind today?

Sarah, Stephanie, Matt, Micah and Emily in Micah's new kitchen.
Posted by PicasaThey're going to have a great experience together. It made my day to know that they sat out on the second story deck last night and liked the Christmas lights I strung! I gotta get back to Cambridge so I can get to know Micah's new roommate, Stephanie, better. And, they all, including Matt, owe me a question and answer session that delves deeper than the routine favorite Sesame Street character question.

Ainsley and Nate

Ainsley and Nate, backbone of Team Texas, who along with Sarah, pretty much won the Taboo game for our team, also carried Micah's mattress and boxes from Texas to Boston for her which was amazing. In a U-Haul, that is. And, as if that weren't enough, Ainsley's mom is from Mobile.
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Boston Corps to the rescue

That pile of screws and instructions looks pretty daunting, so it was a good thing Ladi and Matt came over to help put Sarah's Ikea furniture together. Never mind that they're texting and drinking Starbucks (and enjoyed Emily's apple pie) - they were indispensible.
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Big Bunny's new friends

Ladi and Emily with Big Bunny, one of Micah's oldest, dearest friends.
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I don't know anyone but Sarah and Micah who has the Constitution hanging above their kitchen sink.
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Micah's front steps.
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A day with Kimmie Coleslaw

Only old and dear friends will drop everything and drive to Williamsburg to spend the day lunching, shopping and gabbing. There was no question, in my mind, that Kim would be up for it. We still have more to talk about. This picture was taken at Don's and Branwen's wedding at our house in King's Grant. That's me in the white dress and Kim in the yellow. We'd been friends for several years, at this point, and she came to a lot of our family events. Mimi, my maternal grandmother, is in the middle with Mom on the right and Doris Armstrong on the left. The three women on the front center/right are from Wenger family.
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Fate

Remember last month, when I posted the picture with the caption "Where's Chuck?" Well, I found him in Penn Station. En route from Boston to Virginia, I was chatting on the phone with David, absent-mindedly gazing out the train window, and was shocked to see Chuck and Lynne go by. I couldn't believe my eyes and, uncharacteristically uncaring that I'd seem like a fool, started banging on the window. To no avail. I was about to leap over some seats and head to the door when I saw them coming in the door to sit right behind me! I was overjoyed! And relieved, because I wanted to see them while in VA but knew there wouldn't be time. Probably much to our fellow passenger's dismay, we took over the back section of business class for hours and hours, making all sorts of ruckus.
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Jamestown Rediscovery

The Jamestown Rediscovery project is Amazing! Katherine and I didn't have enough time to see it at the leisurely pace we'd have liked but what we did see will keep me busy pondering until we can get back there again. I just can't get over being able to stand on the shore of the James River and see the same view that the colonists saw. Since the 1994 discovery of the original fort, archeologists have dug up hundreds of thousands of artifacts - from straight pins to armor. They are working on a well right now, which the settlers used as a trash receptacle after the water dried up. It was mezmerizing to stand there and watch archeologists work, and listen to their enthusiastic descriptions of the project.
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I was wishing for the Colonel

Bill and I sat on a bench and watched the boats and the waves. I took this of him when returning from running back to the car to get my camera. We had a good day... saw his new place, shopped, had dinner, visited King's Grant and talked a lot. It occured to me that a bucket of KFC would be tasty right then, like we used to do when we were little.
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Au Revoir . A Norwegian goodbye would be more appropriate but a possibly misspelled French will have to do. Thanks to Mona for taking me to the airport. And, more importantly, for our marathon girl talk when she came to Williamsburg, went to dinner with Dad and me, and spent the night at Dad's house the night before I left. XOXO!
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