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In Limbo

November 26th, 2013 at 09:57 am

I sort of feel like I'm in limbo -- home for a few days, but soon to be traveling again.

Work seems weird, too. Everyone is already focused on vacation. I think tomorrow it will be dead.

Weather reports for Wednesday are not good, so I've pretty much decided I will travel on Thursday morning. Hate to miss anything, but I think it's for the best. If I get an early start, I should miss the worst of the traffic, and clear roads will be a boon, too.

Yesterday I bought my train pass ($105) and spent $4 on pretzels at the station. I got the garlic flavor and it stayed with me for HOURS! I will not do that again.

My son's birthday is on Thanksgiving, so I have to wrap his gifts to take along. I also have to go to PetSmart tonight and buy a vacation feeder tablet for my fish. I should get something for my hosts, as well. I'm thinking maybe Garrett's popcorn, since they love it. The only problem is that a big tin is hard to handle on the train, and the station is where I buy it!

Also need to get a nice bottle of wine for the dinner.

Uh. I am not prepared for this holiday.

At this time of year I do try to be mindful of others who have less. I had a good opportunity yesterday when volunteers from the food depository passed out paper bags to fill at the station last night. I didn't have much in my pantry, but I put a box of spaghetti, a can of pumpkin, a can of cranberry sauce, and a can of Spam into the bag and dropped it off this morning. Gave me a good feeling with very little effort on my part. Couldn't help but notice that the great majority of people just walked past.

Every month when I remember to move my car on street-sweeping day, I feel like I've saved $100! I moved it this morning, parking nearer the station. Tonight I'll walk to the car first and run my errands. Then I have to park on the OPPOSITE side tomorrow. I wonder how many people get stuck with tickets? And how many pay them? It always seems like there are a lot of cars in the wrong place!

FYI, I read that John Cusack's boyhood home is up for sale for $980,000. The interesting thing is that it's just a few blocks away from where I live -- which I did not know! That's what I love about my neighborhood. It's such an interesting mix of inhabitants, rich and not-so-rich. Guess which one I am!

3 Responses to “In Limbo”

  1. laura Says:


    I was at Union Station today and took the kids to the Art Institute. We stopped at my brother's office at Franklin and Madison. Very cold, but very fun! We skipped the snacks, but walking through the station was like a snack magnet for my kids. (FYI: I did carry a bag of cheezits with me, ready to combat the "I'm hungry" line. Smile )

    I was recently at Fenwick in Oak Park with my son for a science competition. Love Oak Park so much, so many beautiful houses and things to see. The suburbs are SOOO bland sometimes!

    Have a nice vacation!

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Keep that train pass in a safe place! Enjoy your holiday!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, Oak Park is so interesting. I'd love to take the Frank Lloyd Wright tour sometime.

    And that's exactly right -- the station is a snack magnet!

    I'm watching my train pass very closely these days! I think I'd have to have a major brain fart to lose it again!

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