Last week my friend Emily visited from Alabama :). We've known each other since we were 10, so over half of our lives! Short summary of our visit together: Atlanta airport, North & South, Goodwill, Barnes and Noble, 12 thrift stores and antique shops, The Magic of Ordinary Days, Wives and Daughters, quilting and knitting, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta airport. In short, we had great fun :).
Emily and I share a condition called bibliophilia, a malady that is becoming increasingly more rare in our day and age, due to breakthrough treatments such as the "whole language" approach. While Emily was here, we helped support ourselves in our condition (misery does love company) by going to "therapy sessions" together. To the naked eye, these therapy sessions may have seemed like mere trips to used book stores (and one new bookstore), but it was so much deeper than that ;). And of course we made sure to include an ice cream break in the middle of our long day of store hopping. *A rousing rendition of Tradition strikes up, with full orchestral accompaniment* My favorite find of the week was an antique copy of Stepping Heavenward. I actually was quite proud of my restraint, and on our 12-store binge, I averaged only one purchase per store. Now I'll try to be good and only occasionally visit used book stores until next summer, when we hope to continue our esteemed tradition.
Here is a picture of Emily and me from her visit:
I'll write a bit on my Indiana trip later. I'm off to get some other things done now, though.