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IL pt 1 - Morrison, etc.

Hey, everyone! I'm sitting here at the library in Davenport, Iowa - quite literally the land of my birth. We've had a fun trip so far.

We've spent the last several days staying at Grandma's house. I've gotten to see almost all of my aunts and uncles, and my dad's side of the family held a get together for me yesterday. It's been probably 8 years since I've seen any of them, and that was a lot of fun. They made real mexican food for us and cooked mole, then pressed Josh for his opinion. He diplomatically said, "It's better than Danny's tomales," which I think went over well. (PS: That's mexican 'mole' with a little accenty, and not 'mole' like the rodent)

Ivy's been fighting a cold almost the whole time, but she's been a trooper and has loved on lots of relatives she didn't know she had. Eden thinks the whole vacation is the Eden Show, and we've tried to give grandma chunks of sanity by running away every so often. Josh is enjoying himself, more since he found a knife and sword shop he's in love with in Clinton, IA. He's got a new knife that's pretty awesome. It was dark and we were probably riding through Kentucky when Josh suddenly sat up and said, "My mountains have left me. I just felt it. Wow, it got awfully flat all the sudden." It was kind of cute to watch. There really was a shift in energy, but he looked like such a lost little boy without them. We've talked about moving before, and now he tells me there's no way he could ever live anywhere without waterfalls, because the energy just isn't right.

He also got a new wallet and decided to double-check his old one before he threw it away. Good thing, because he found $80 he didn't remember stashing. We're going to go ahead and splurge on those Go Chicago tickets so we can get free entrance to nearly everything in Chicago. That's supposedly why I'm here, ordering those tickets. I'm getting right on it, though.

I'm technically here here in Davenport because this is where I was born. I figured as long as I was up so close, I'd stop in and try to get my birth certificate. Mom lost mine some years ago, possibly in a basement flood. So I'm going to see if I can get one, and I can't seem to find the courthouse so I popped into the library for directions. Better go get them. But I'll have pictures after Chicago. :) I hope I can see some of you there. We're going to try to hit the Lincoln Park Zoo tomorrow if the weather is nice. Look for the orange gleam off Eden's head.


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Mar. 19th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you Thursday, if that's still on. Still got my phone numbers and e-mail? Let us know when you get a good idea of when you're coming thru.
Mar. 29th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)

I don't think I have your numbers, and I'm SO sorry about not getting a chance to meet you. I hope we can make it up sometime, as I was really looking forward to it.

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Mar. 29th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was such a blast. I'm doing my best to get pictures up, but it's slow going since I got sick when I came home. :( We have like 315 pictures, although I'm definitely trying to pick maybe only the best ones. lol
Mar. 20th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)

I'm glad you're having such a great time. It's nice to hear from you.

I miss you. ;) Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back

Mar. 29th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
I missed you, too. We had lots of fun times. Maybe someday, the wild world of Arkansas?
Mar. 20th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds like things are going well. The zoo should be lots of fun. I have a love/hate relationship with the zoo. I hate to see the animals caged, but I also love seeing them at all.
Mar. 29th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel. I respect zoos if they're well run, though. Nowadays, zoos and conservation ranges are some of the only places endangered species can be really protected and thrive. The thing I liked about Lincoln Park Zoo, which is where we went, was that they seemed very big on conservation. They belong to nationwide (or is it worldwide?) breeding efforts, which I learned about most in the Gorilla/primate house (but I think they do it with most animals). To make sure that the bloodlines stay strong (less inbreeding, I suppose), they belong to a conservationist group that works to pair healthy matings. Like they'll bring a stud in for a while with the ladies, or conversely arrange a tryst for one of theirs to be the 'rooster in the henhouse'. They keep detailed logs on who births who and really try to make sure that they are safely growing the population - while looking years down the road to make sure future generations will be healthy and thriving, too. I was very impressed.
Mar. 26th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
I was born in Iowa! Sioux City,but that's still awesome..never knew that about you :)
Mar. 29th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
And I just keep learning more about you! I moved when I was too young to remember it (I believed I have at least one memory, but I was really an infant and I could just be wrong). It was nice to go back and visit, though.
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