"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." -- C.S. LewisAfter that, went to the library to exchange my Aquarium Pass for a Navy Pier Children's Museum pass, incidentally returning three books and checking out four more (a dangerous trend), and then went off for hours of vague wandering around with the aunties and the kiddies at the pier. The kids are too small for the rides, and it turned out that the museum was closed on Mondays during the school year, so my passport was for naught. But we had a good time nonetheless, just strolling, watching the water, feeding the gulls popcorn, enjoying the perfect weather -- sunny and warm, with a sturdy breeze. As young as the kids are, they had at least as much fun just splashing the pool water (which, I admit, I encouraged them to do, even though there might have been germs in it, because apparently I am a "bad influence" -- but we knew that) as they would have had in a museum. And we did walk through the extensive and impressive Smith stained glass museum, with all kinds of gorgeous glass, which of course, I loved. Made me want to make art again. Soon.
"There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
"You write so of the poets and not laugh?
Those virtuous liars, dreamers after dark,
Exaggerators of the sun and moon,
And soothsayers in a tea-cup?"
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"For if I could please myself I would always live as I lived there. I would choose always to breakfast at exactly eight and to be at my desk by nine, there to read or write till one. If a cup of good tea or coffee could be brought to me about eleven, so much the better. Tea should be taken in solitude..." -- C.S. Lewis
This morning, we have one last meal with the visiting aunt and kids; brunch at my sister's place. I'm supposed to leave around 8:30 to go help, so I'd best rush off now; I'm supposed to be writing an intro for the Blowfish book (which, if you can believe it, I completely forgot to do before) and sending it off to Christophe ASAP, so he can send the book to the printers for galleys today. So. I must go be interesting now. I leave you with adorable Ashwini. :-)
Oh, oh -- quick book note first; yesterday evening, read Cynthia Voight's Wings of a Falcon, loose sequel to her YA fantasies (no actual magic, roughly medieval setting) Jackaroo and On Fortune's Wheel. Very satisfying, and she *totally* surprised me at one point in the book; just blew me away with something she did. Can't say more without spoilers, sadly. Recommended!