Thursday, August 05, 2004

My mom arrived safe and sound Tuesday evening and will be here until September 3. She was supposed to be on a nonstop flight from Orlando to Frankfurt, but somewhere over the ocean another passenger had a heart attack, and they were forced to land in Ireland. They sat on the ground at Shannon for a couple hours and then continued on to Germany.

We've been taking it easy as Mom adjusts to the time difference. Yesterday, for example, we took the kids to an indoor playground, as Annabelle is scoping out potential sites for her upcoming birthday party.

This morning she and I made a quick trip downtown to check out the market. We were gone and back within 3 hours, but it was a nice little trip. I bought tomatoes, 3 different kinds of berries, a couple of plants, and a half dozen eggs from happy chickens (as opposed to grocery store eggs, which generally come from oppressed chickens). We enjoyed a wonderful fruit salad for lunch, and I found myself wondering why I don't go to the market more often.

Here's a shot of one of the many flower stands:

And here's a picture of the statue in the middle of the market square:

Annabelle had a playdate with her friend Tatiana this afternoon. Mom and I were going to take Mike to the skatepark, but he wasn't feeling very well. So instead we went and rented a couple DVDs and spent the afternoon eating popcorn and watching "The Sixth Sense" and "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star." Six thumbs up for both films--it was a perfect mix of suspense and idiocy.

Mom and I are planning on going to Poland to go pottery shopping sometime next week. Then it will be time to start gearing up for our trip to Russia.

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