My sister came to visit (!) & I bought a lot of books

I haven’t updated in awhile because I’ve been busy spending time with my sister. Last Saturday (March 21), my sister flew in from Toronto for a surprise trip that we orchastrated so she could see my mom starring in the play No Sex Please, We’re British. My dad knew that she was coming, but my mom had no idea. Sarah got in around 7:15, and David and I picked up her and her friend (who happened to be flying from Toronto to Boston on the same day) at the airport. We ate dinner in Davis Square at Spike’s Junkyard Dogs (they have tofu dogs too). Sarah slept over, but fell asleep on the futon shortly after we got home.

The next morning I made Swedish pancakes for breakfast and we all took a section of the Sunday New York Times (thanks Bruce & Randy!). We picked up grandpa around 12:30 and went to the Sunday matinee performance of my mom’s play, where we met my dad. After the show, Sarah, being who she is, was the last one out of the theater. It was nerve-wracking talking to my mom, who had absolutely no clue Sarah was there. Sarah walked out and I said something like, “Look who it is!” My mom started breathing heavily and frantically, with tears in her eyes. She was totally speechless and shocked.

Carol, Jeff, and Parker came over for dinner, and my dad made another great veggie lasagne. (Carol’s sister is my mom’s sister-in-law. Carol’s sister, Martha, is married to my mom’s brother, John. They live in the same town as my parents, and even though they aren’t technically family, they are.)

Jeff took a bunch of beautiful photos that night. This is Sarah and me in our parents' kitchen.

Jeff took a bunch of beautiful photos that night. This is Sarah and me in our parents' kitchen.

Another photo taken by Jeff. Me, my mom (her hair is a big poofball for the play), Sarah, and my dad.

Another photo taken by Jeff. Me, my mom (her hair is a big poofball for the play), Sarah, and my dad.

Another photo by Jeff. This one also has grandpa & David.

Another photo by Jeff. This one also has grandpa & David.

We’ve gotten together with my parents, grandfather, and sister every night this week. On Monday, after work, I picked up David and we headed to my parents’ for dinner. On Tuesday, mom, grandpa, and Sarah came to my school around 5, so I could give them a tour. David and my dad joined us for dinner at a vegetarian Indian restaurant near our apartment. Yesterday, we met halfway between us for dinner at a Mexican restaurant. I already miss Sarah, and it was really nice to see so much of my family and be fed and taken out to dinner, but I am totally exhausted. It feels good to finally have a night with nothing to do. (Of course, when a teacher says she has nothing to do, she doesn’t really mean she has nothing to do. There is always something to do.)

When my family came here for dinner on Tuesday, my mom brought a package I’d had delivered to their house. A couple of weeks ago, McSweeney’s (my favorite publishing company, owned by my favorite author, Dave Eggers) had a ridiculous book sale in their online store. I went a little crazy and ordered nine books and five issues of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern that came out before I started subscribing. The total? A mere $62. Almost all of the books I ordered were $5, and a few were $1. They are now back to their normal prices of $20-something. I have no idea why this sale happened, but I am deliriously happy to have so many amazing books to read. Now I just have to find the time…

McSweeney's books are always so beautiful. I'm consistently impressed with their designs.

McSweeney's books are always so beautiful. I'm consistently impressed with their designs.

I bought (in no order, because I’m lazy):

I linked to these on Amazon, as opposed to the McSweeney’s site, because they have reviews you can read. Some of the cover designs are different from the ones I bought (some are paperback and I got all hardcover), so that’s why you don’t see them in the photo.

Tomorrow night I head to NH to help set up for Destination Imagination state finals. Saturday I’ll be at a tournament all day. I can’t wait.


1 Response to “My sister came to visit (!) & I bought a lot of books”

  1. Mom Says:

    I loved this, but I must make one correction. I do not “star” in NSPWB, it is an ensemble cast. I loved our dinners every night, but I’m exhausted too. Next week is going to be a let down.