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28 October 2010

Re-entry

*sigh*

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A week ago today, DH & I went to Milwaukee.  He drove, I cast on my second inner Dimorphous Mitten.

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First stop:  Zeidler Municipal Building for an official, embossed, signed, sealed, and delivered certificate of my birth.  CHECK!  (And so quick!)

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Second stop:  Beans & Barley for lunch.  I had a Chicken Pine Nut sandwich and a cup of soup -- I don't remember what kind, but it was good.  Oh so good!  My sister used to frequent Beans & Barly when she lived in Milwaukee a million years ago -- I remember hearing it a lot, "Beans & Barley," "Beans & Barley," "Beans & Barley" -- but I don't think I've ever been before!  I had to call her while we waited for a table and say, "Guess where I am?  You'll never guess where I am!"  And she never would have guessed.

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I browsed the market and bought some snacks before we headed for Sheridan Park on the lakeshore.

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We took a walk, looked out over the bluff, watched some planes and geese, said "Hello" to some dogs, and found a place to walk down to the shore.

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Boy oh boy, it sure was a gorgeous day!

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DH dropped me off at the airport where I awaited my flight to the Left Coast.  I've been to WA/OR/CA a couple of times since we moved from Oregon to Wisconsin in 1986 -- we all flew for a visit in '88 when Ali was about a year old, and took the Amtrak in '91 when Maddy was only about 8 weeks, and did Big Sur/Monterey/Disneyland in '96, and my sister and I drove Katie in '03 to begin her college education at Humbolt State University.  DH has been to CA many, many times over the years -- often one of the kids would accompany him -- to do art shows, visit galleries, and get a vital saltwater fix!  This is the first time I've headed to the west coast by myself since 1983 when I loaded up my red '82 Firebird and pointed west... and, actually, that's not true because I think my sister drove with me that time, too!

To be continued...

Comments

At least you have beautiful pictures to remind you of your getaway. Can't wait to hear more!

Wow...Beans & Barley is still there? I remember when that place had a major fire and everyone was worried that they wouldn't rebuild and reopen - I don't think I've been there since. Glad you enjoyed it!

Such a beautiful day! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

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