A Niece From Colorado and Other Sundries

Kristen
Kristen

May is safely past. I guess we shall see whether June is even slightly less crazy. The last two weeks have been busy but very good.

I had a good visit with my niece, Kristen. She arrived three Tuesdays ago. My brother and I drove to Chicago to pick her up from the airport and took a leisurely, scenic route home. We stopped off at a Mom and Pop-type pizza parlor and ordered an enormous amount of pizza which we continued to feast upon for the next two days. Besides the unfortunate incident that happened the morning after Kristen arrived, the visit was pleasant and full of traveling to interesting places in Michigan.

Me and my nephew goofing around during one of the get-togethers while Kristen was in town.
Me and my nephew goofing around during one of the get-togethers while Kristen was in town.

The unfortunate instance I mentioned before goes like this: I was resting peacefully upon the floor (Kristen got the bed) at 6:30 in the morning when Justin burst into the room and jerked me awake. “Amanda, come here!” I staggered to my feet and followed him to the bathroom where, much to my dismay, there was water pouring in from the vent in the ceiling. Justin was all dressed in his scrubs and ready to go to work and didn’t quite know what to do. He had set up buckets to catch the water, but it was coming in a torrent and they weren’t helping a whole lot. There was water all over the place. While I grabbed all the towels in the house, Justin ran upstairs to the apartment above us. Apparently, the man-child who lives up there had forgotten to turn off the water in the bathroom. How? I can’t imagine. I really can’t fathom how a person can have water spilling all over his bathroom floor and not notice. I could tell you other stories pertaining to this individual, but they would take too much space. Thankfully, he was at home, turned off the water, and the maintenance man came and took care of the rest.

Cousins!
Cousins!

After that, we had a great time. We took Kristen to some neat places along Lake Michigan. Kristen and I went to the Memorial Day Parade on Monday and had large quantities of candy thrown in our directions, I suppose because we still look like children. We spent the afternoon with my older brother and ate food, Kristen spent time with her cousins, and we all went horse-back riding. I had the exciting experience of having one of the horses take off with me on it without my permission. No harm, no foul.

We drove Kristen back to the airport the two Tuesdays ago. Once back home, I got to work on planning for my students’ recital. It was a long week and there were a lot of details to think about, but the final production went really well. My students all did such a good job and I was proud of them.

I spent an afternoon with my brother's kids last week. We made a neat "house" on the beach.
I spent an afternoon with my brother’s kids last week. We made a neat “house” on the beach.

And now, life is somewhat quiet again. I’m sitting here, typing this post while I wait for my next music student to show up. I think life may not be quiet for much longer. Justin is in the process of buying a house and it looks as though I may be moving. Ah, well. One step at a time, right?

Until next time. 

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