Monday, July 19, 2010

Brand New Beginnings

This past weekend we packed the family up and drove down south to attend a wedding of two very good friends of mine.  It was great to go home and see all of my friends and most of my family.  I started thinking about how much I missed home and started wishing I could return there for good.  I mean, here I am in Chicago, all by myself when everyone who I have always loved, the best friends a girl could ever ask for and my giant family are all not only living next to each other, they're hang out together and I deeply miss every single one of them.  It seems I am isolating my self as a form of cruel and unusual punishment.  There is only one reason for this self inflicted punishment.  "Him". Although it really stinks somedays, I feel my apartness from them is worth it as long as he is still around.

Before we went to this wedding I gave him my usual pep talk on how to play nice with the others, what topics he is not allowed to talk about and just a general "be nice" warning.  I am pleased to announce he was as compatible with the other patrons as he possibly could be.  However he did sneak off to hang out with other tables through out the night so if he did piss someone off I could have just missed it.  But at the end of it all, while we were walking out of the hotel the next morning to began our long and painful trek back to the city, the mother of the bride hugged him and told him she was so glad to meet him.  He either did a good job at his first impression or he just has a way with the ladies.

The wedding was beautiful and we had a great time attending. However the best part of the whole weekend was bringing Rhiannon home with us!  Her step-sister is also here until Wednesday.  It has been a great time so far.  The two of them are so sisterly towards each other.  Its strange to see Rhiannon acting like that!  Some of the things they do make me remember my eldest sister and I when we were that age.  We have a very packed but fun week ahead!  We plan on dragging those girls all over the city!

Finally, keeping on with brand new beginnings, my little sister and I are starting to look into different ways we can create a rooftop garden at Rhiannons school.  We assessed the building and are looking into finding grants and looking at building codes.  Our goal is to have a specific rough draft plan to present to the principal.  I am really excited to delve deeper into this project.  If anybody out there knows of a less painful way to go about getting grants or knows of any type of "green" business that likes to help neighborhood schools out in the Chicago area please let me know!

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