I'd like to thank the people at Don's Books for throwing a great party on Saturday. Manager Robert Holz and his staff are friendly and fun, so if you're ever in Kokomo, Indiana, be sure to stop by their place.
On Saturday evening my husband and I had dinner with Golden Heart finalist and newly contracted Love Inspired Historical author Janet Dean, whom I met this past summer at the RWA conference in Atlanta. (Janet's first book will be out in February.) Her husband joined us, as did her critique partner, Shirley Jump (who was one of the featured authors at the bookstore event). The food was forgettable, but the company was loads of fun, so it was a memorable evening.
Yesterday morning (Sunday), my husband pointed our car toward Chicago. It was a crisp autumn day, so the trip up Lake Shore Drive (with Lake Michigan right there on the passenger side) and then to our Number One Son's downtown apartment was lovely. We arrived at lunchtime, so we grabbed the kid and went out for some deep-dish pizza. After that we drove over to Millennium Park so I could see Cloud Gate, a new(ish) sculpture that I've read a lot about. Chicagoans call it The Bean because that's what it's shaped like. (You're not going to be able to tell that from my photo, so click on the link.)
With a camera in your hands, you can have all sorts of fun with The Bean's mirrored surface. You can walk under the piece and take weird photos like this one. (Click on the pic to make it big. Just don't look at it too long or too hard because you'll risk eyestrain.)
Last night we stayed at the Crown Plaza in downtown Chicago. The El was right outside the window of our fifth-floor room, so we heard trains whoosh by every few minutes all night long. "Just imagine it's the wind," my helpful husband suggested, and I was almost able to do that.
Today we drove to Minneapolis, and right now I'm blogging from the Crown Plaza near the airport. I just heard a plane roar overhead, and I'm thinking it sounds a bit like a train on the El--which sounds a bit like a gust of wind.
We're about to head out for some dinner now, but before I go, I thought I'd toss out a question and see if any of you know the answer: Where does Wisconsin hide its dairy cows? Wisconsin is a huge cheese producer, so shouldn't they have more than the three small herds of Holsteins I saw on the drive from Chicago to the Twin Cities? I've been wondering about that all afternoon.
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