Wednesday, September 14, 2011
After dinner, when it came time to light them, Courtney and I each used one of the longer candles to light the others. The candles were so close to each other that some of the wicks came together and made really tall flames, which created more heat. Everything melted into rivers of wax running all over the frosting. I broke a sweat sitting next to it, and Drew reminded us about the smoke detector. We sang "Happy Birthday" as fast as possible. It took Mom one good blow and another smaller one to blow them all out. I was eating my piece and saw a dot of wax that I hadn't scraped off yet. When I pulled on it a whole candle came up. Poor thing had been burned right down into the cake. I admit it was a mess, and next year I'm going with the 7 and 5, but Mom (and I) will remember the year of 74 candles for the rest of our lives.
Other trip events:
Shane, Donna and family spent Labor Day with us, and I learned, much to my dismay, that his boys can't play football. How does that happen in the Midwest? Still, it was good fun.
Mom, Dad and I drove to Chicago for a few days with my aunt and her family. Chicago has the best food in the world! I have mixed emotions about this because it's so wonderful when we're there, but so sad when I'm here craving that food.
We went to the Field Museum of Natural History.
The city was beautiful.
I found that my aunt's house feels as homey now as it did when I was a kid.
I spent way too much money shopping.
And, I flew home again on September 11th. Getting through security was much better than expected.
And now I'm back at work. I feel the need to start writing more, so I'll try to keep this blog going. I guess that's more of a promise to myself than to you. Hope you all had a great summer, and happy fall!