After finally ridding my living room, and my life, of washing for the immediate future I enjoyed a glorous sunrise before the gym.
I have also made a trip to the train station which I didn’t know existed except for the huge, noisy freight train hooting along the distant tracks every so often. I have now got so used to it I sleep right through its hoots. I may even miss it when I am back in the UK. Maybe I will make a recording of it to play back when I am missing Indy. After trying five doors that were all locked and looked like they led nowhere, I looked around and discovered I had been trying to get into the service entrances of The Station Hotel. The station was actually on the other side of the road, no wonder the workmen were looking at me bemused! Still, I managed to get there and then had a lovely walk back through Indy, stopping at the post office along the way. I found it first time round and did not end up in the Federal Court this time. I brought my postcards for the West Coast (www.travellinglulu.com) and almost skipped home as I had done all my ‘tasks’ for the day.
I then spent a day baking mountains of Pumpkin Bread and Banana/ Sunflower Seed muffins for when my talented, beautiful friend from the UK is coming to visit!
I then had to concentrate on packing for Chicago, which is where I am meeting my friend. I had to keep repacking my suitcase untill I could just about close it, once I sat on it. I’m only going for a few days! I need to go on a course about how to pack lightly. I don’t know how I will get all my things back to the UK. What about my shopping cart!Will it fit in a suitcase? I can’t leave it here! I shall go and check if it fits.
Once I had packed I was able to relax and enjoy my anniversary meal with Luke accompanied by the bottle of red we got from the winery in Sonoma, It was lovely.
The weekend got even more lovely on Saturday as I was awoken to breakfast in bed. A rare, extremely rare, treat for me. It was lovely as Luke had made scrambled eggs on a bagel and even managed to work my coffee machine! However, the bagel he had used was a cinnamon and raison one. I’m not quite sure if it worked with the scrambled eggs. It’s the thought that counts though. We then became aware of music from outside and went on the balcony. I thought, has Luke planned a romantic surprise for me and was there a band below our balcony playing serenades? No, it was a huge Fiesta party in the park near our flat. Oh well, maybe next year?
We went and explored the festival which had Ronald MacDonald encouraging a group of kids to sing and dance. There were some amazing smells and lots of stalls selling trinkets. We then wondered to the mall and this proved to be a slightly eerie trip. Luke had to drag me away from a delicious candle shop, they even had Cinnamon Doughnut smelling candles, and he stopped me spraying any more perfume on myself as he thought I was beginning to smell like a fruit cake! We then carried on into the mall and realised the lights werent on in one half of the mall, there was no-one around and all the shops were closed. This is occasionally the start of horror films so we got a bit worried, especially when we were surprised by a security guard on a Segway who came zooming past in the stealthy ways that Segways do. However, we found out it was nothing more sinister than work on water pipes and they had to limit risk of electrocution.
After the unusual mall experience it got more strange as we entered the Indy Irish Fest at Military Park. There was a sea of green people. No not leprechauns but people wearing as many items of green clothing as they could. There were lots of people walking around with a pint of Guinness, bagpipes playing, people playing hurling, people walking around with stew and live music stages. Luke was a traitor and got a pint of Coors and a pulled pork sandwich.
I am now re-packing my suitcase in peace as Luke has gone to the Colts game. I jus hope I get to Chicago ok tomorrow and don’t end up somewhere else! Then I have to complete my mission for tomorrow and make it to the hostel before my friend. I have a window of about four hours. Surely this is enough? My sense of direction can’t be that bad. I’m hoping. Oh well, at least I won’t get hungry with my super packed lunch. Isn’t it strange that this is the first packed lunch I have made for myself , and not Luke, since we have been here! I did make his as well although I am slightly regretting it after he has come back after having had five pints at the Colts game. Thank you to those who went with him, you know who you are! Actually, I do really appreciate the free time to sort packing out but I am now having to fend him off with various kitchen appliances whilst I am trying to make dinner. Good job I can multi task otherwise one of us might end with some chicken soup over our heads and I can tell you know it will not be me.
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