Sunday, April 19, 2009

miles to go before i sleep

It got into the high 70's this weekend in Wisconsin--I actually have the faint line of a tan on my arms after sitting through part of Mr. D's double header Saturday. His team lost both games, but it wasn't the slaughter they'd anticipated, so he came home feeling at peace with both losses. The Bumble Book Club showed glorious support for my friend Lauren and her book--History Girl's cheesecake was divine (she brought the one she's entering in this year's Cheesefest competition to book club). Friday I escorted Lauren to a high school where I kid you not, all 3 sections of the classes sat riveted throughout her entire presentation--not a single kid did that thing where they turn around and start talking about 5 minutes before the bell rings at the end of class. Amazing.

The coup de gras, however, was Saturday night. After baseball, Really Good Gelato and schlepping through the Book Festival downtown where Mr. T got a wonderful book for free because he is in 4th grade, Lauren and I headed out to hear Sherman Alexie. He's the author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Smoke Signals and The Toughest Indian in the World. We totally expected about an hour of him reading some excerpts and a solemn speech about writing and books and the power of language. We got something else entirely.

For two hours he split our sides with joke after funny story after sharp barb after witty observation--culminating in his retelling of his appearance on the Colbert Report last October. Apparently? Sherman is a stand-up comedian. No kidding. Starting with his birth on the reservation in Washington State and ending with his son's last Little League game, we got more than just an intimate portrait of an incredibly gifted man. And usually that kind of entertainment comes with a 2 drink minimum or a $20 ticket charge--we walked in off the street to hear him for free. No shit. Unbelievable. I'm still in awe of the experience and am anxious to get my mitts on more of his work. It's the coolest thing when something like that happens--and you're not even expecting it. I spend a lot of time in awe of my life--the people and experiences filling it every week.

Now I am exhausted. Mr. D's golfing in Galena with his friends and brothers. Mr. B scraped his arm and is weepy. My daffodils have begun blooming. My friends came out today for an open house to hear Lauren talk about her book and indulge in desserts. Laundry is piling up again, my brain is buzzing from discussions with Lauren and hearing Sherman Alexie, my children need their mama's full-time attention again and I just got a phone call implying that I'm coaching 5-6 year old soccer this summer. My cup? Overfloweth.

14 comments:

  1. At least it overfloweth with really good stuff!

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  2. I think I need to move where you live :) It was gorgeous Friday, but started raining pretty early on Saturday in Madison. And Sunday was alllllll rain, all day. Boo.

    But that's ok: spring is still on the way!

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  3. I love your spring header, did I mention? Are those your own boots? Did you get my email about typing tutor programs? Glad you've got good stuff in your cup! See how late I am up, I must be mad. Nighty night!

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  4. I will have to check out this author, I have never heard of him and I should! Thanks for the heads up! It's hard keeping up with everything, just keep that cup overflowing with coffee and you'll be good to go! Speaking of which...I'm going to go find mine!

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  5. That sounds awesome. Right now I've got a cup overflowing with hot tea, surrounded by wadded up tissues. Ah-choo! Stupid spring cold.
    I liked the movie Smoke Signals. I'll have to check out the author - he sounds pretty fascinating.

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  6. Life IS good! I agree. That weather on Saturday was absolutely divine! Unfortunately we are supposed to get snow tomorrow. Ha! Ca-razy!

    So glad you had such a lovely weekend. :)

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  7. Wow. That was a weekend.

    We spent most of ours outdoors. We went mushrooming (shhh... don't tell.) And our oldest found his first morel.

    It makes a country mama so proud.

    Good luck with that full cup. Hope it's either full of something caffeinated or (if you need something stronger) booze.

    :D - Julia

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  8. Sounds wonderful. I'm sure the stories about the Colbert Report were most entertaining!

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  9. I have "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" by my side right now!

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  10. Are you in Appleton? I enjoy your blog. I've been following your blog for about a month and it bits and pieces really sounded close to home to me.

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  11. We had 70s too. Wasn't it wonderful (while it lasted...)?

    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Yay for fun and laughter!

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  12. Yahoo! I'm totally going to look up that Alexie character - thanks for the rec!

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  13. I love how you write ;)

    Sherman sounds so cool. I will have to have a read for myself!

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  14. Whoa! What a weekend you had! You deserve some well-earned sleep!

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