Good morning from me, sitting here with my hands wrapped around a cup of coffee, who wore a wooly hat to walk the dog this morning, who is resisting the idea that poor Miss Pippa is looking like she might need ACL surgery #2 for this year, who is also resisting the temptation to turn on the heat because that would be ridiculous! but needs to locate the cuddly throws because I am chilly.
- Today’s plans are going to get interrupted by the need to take one last ride on the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry for 2018! They are closing up as of today due to low water levels in Lake Champlain. The whole family will be ended out – probably over to the Wind Chill Factory for lunch and a creemee. Can I still call it a creemee if it’s a New York ice cream cone? Can I wear mittens and eat a creemee on the same day? Is that the very definition of Fall?
- We’re headed to Chicago in a couple of weeks and I am trying to resist making an enormous list of things to eat. Chicago is a great food town, but there is only so much food a person can eat. I’ve lived in Chicago two different times in my adult life and so there is always the nostalgia eating (hello Ann Sathers cinnamon rolls and spinach stuffed pizza) as well as the new things to try. A couple of years ago I made a friend spend an entire day going to bakeries all over the city. We did at least invite a bunch of other friends over that night to help us eat the collected goodies.
- I am headed to Chicago for reasons other than eating my body weight in baked goods – I am also running the marathon while I’m there. (The two activities go nicely hand in hand.) So I have to mention the Greatest Marathoner of All Time, Eliud Kipchoge, who just broke the world record at the Berlin Marathon. 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds. He’s running an average of 4.36 minute miles. I still won’t be finished in twice that amount of time. It’s mind-boggling.
- Before Chicago I am headed to Boston for a couple of nights to see a show directed and choreographed by my forever friend Ilyse. It’s called Being Earnest and it’s a musical adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest and this is the only time it has ever been staged since it was originally produced. Which means she has had nothing to base any of her decisions on. No video of previous performances. No copious notes or ideas. I guess I had just never thought about starting from absolute scratch when you are directing a show. I know everyone always wants to put their own spin on things, but to have nothing to start with, that’s impressive. Anyway, I’m very excited. I’ve been tasked with critic schmoozing on Friday night. Give me a glass of wine and I’ll be shmooze-tastic.
- Did anyone else see the moon set this morning? It was enormous and bright orange just before it crossed the horizon. I don’t have a photo because I just sat in awe looking at it, plus those moon photos never seem to work as well as you hope. It reminded me of an article I read a few days ago about people searching for completely silent places in the US. Away from any human powered noise. It is harder than you’d think, and I even live in what I would call a pretty quiet place, but you can hear trucks in the distance at times. Tractors. A plane overhead. But at 5:30 in the morning with a bright orange moon right outside your bedroom window, it was pretty blissful.
Wishing you all a terrific pumpkin and apple and cozy-filled week.