Really nice day yesterday nonetheless (we did actually end up running the a.c. for the first time this season). The SAPAC meeting went well (people brought masses of food, which we are still eating), and afterwards I had a really nice time talking with Angeli and Aparna and Lakshmi. (The latter two are new friends whose names you haven't seen in here before.) They're going to be working with me on the South Asian literary arts festival thing. Meetings soon. :-) They hung around until dinner time and Aparna gave me good feedback on my novel; after that there was some tv watching (Harry Potter was on) and then a long conversation with Karina. She gets really cheap rates from Australia, and so sometimes she'll call me when she's cleaning and then I'll clean too and somehow hours flow by and lots of chores get done. Nice. Kevin's clothes are actually put away for the first time in weeks. Normally, after I do laundry, his clean clothes live on the rocking chair, while the dirty clothes accumulate on the bedroom floor. It works well enough as a system, but the shirts on the rocking chair get pretty crumpled.
Exciting plan for this morning -- clean out my car! Kevin parked it across the street, so it is unusually close, which makes this the optimum time for lugging things in and out of it. Maybe I'll start stocking it with WisCon stuff now; that'll make it less likely that I'll forget things. :-) Boxes of SH mugs and t-shirts, art projects for the show, clothes to donate to Ellen and Delia's clothes swap, SLF Small Press co-op stuff to sell or give away -- although most of that last hasn't arrived from the various small presses yet.
After that -- well, we'll see. There may be a trip down to Hyde Park today. There should be a trip to the gym at some point. I need to try to return some towels to Bed, Bath and Beyond. I need to study Spanish for an exam that may happen late this week. I have a few more Tor manuscripts to read and respond to.
My aunt Priya (the one who's only a year older than me) is arriving in town around lunchtime with her two little munchkins (very little -- age 4 and 2, I believe), and will be staying for ten days (luckily not with me, for much as I love her, I think ten days of such small ones might drive Kevin right around the bend). We will visit zoos and parks and the beach and suchlike. If y'all have suggestions for inexpensive or free stuff to do in Chicago with small children, that'd be appreciated.