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Waiting For The Son

It rained a great deal today, which didn't make the day's big chore - going out to my soon-to-be-shut-forever suburban office and packing up everything I want to be sure doesn't get thrown out, and that I might need in my home office - easier, but I don't mind. Andy's about an hour out of Chicago right now, on a Greyhound bus, coming to visit us for five days during spring break.

He called us last night to tell us, and I couldn't' believe how excited I was about it. We "see" him several times a week, thanks to Google hangout chats - I do love living in the future (remember all the talk about video phones? Well, that's what Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, was talking about) - but somehow knowing he's going to be back here, and that I can give him a big hug, is so much more important.

He's been down in southern Indiana for almost three months. That is the longest he has ever been away from our sides.

And he'll get to help BB and I fix the bathroom plumbing and replace our kitchen garbage disposal - yay!


He's coming home to dozens of pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread, and lasagne. I went rather kitchen crazy this weekend.

And the weekend itself was very good, rain and less than stellar weather notwithstanding. Last night my beloved made Manhattans (last weekend it was martinis ... never before have I enjoyed martinis) and we listened to loads of jazz, and laughed a lot, and I completely forgot to worry or be depressed. It was all rather wonderful.

And in about an hour, we'll go down to the Greyhound Station and pick up Andy. A great way to end Sunday.

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Mar. 11th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
I am glad you get to spend some time with your son. It sounds like he will be eating well when he visits.

Did I miss a post somewhere along the line or did I misunderstand what I had read? I knew things were not looking good at work but now I see your suburban office is closing and you will be working out of your home? This smells of the evil shit you have mentioned earlier. What ever it is, I hope you make it through.
Mar. 11th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, we're really going to spoil him. Poor guy arrived at the greyhound station and discovered they'd left his luggage either back in Louisville or in Indianapolis, so we're looking for it today.

As for the suburban office closing, this is a situation that the company announced back in December; they're closing all the physical plants belonging to their suburban properties. The editors and page layout people, etc., are being dragged downtown to the Sun Times building, but the rest of us are being cut loose to "report from the field." I'm lucky, in that my particular field is very close to where I live, so my previously prepared home office works well. For others, who may live way the hell away from their community, they're stuck reporting from their car, or paying for a double-skim latte every couple of hours to be able to use the wi-fi and a "desk" at Starbucks.

And, yeah, we're trying to deal with that in the union negotiations.

But what I did over the weekend was just make sure that the stuff I've had hanging about in the company office was safely retrieved therefrom and put here.
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand better now. I hadn't realized that they were closing ALL their suburban offices. Considering how spread how the metro area is? I've driven some of those commutes -- and refused even to try some of the other commutes. Ye gods.
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're talking closing the Joliet Herald-News building, the Lake County News-Sun (formerly the Waukegan News-Sun) which shares space with the far north Gurnee office of Pioneer Press, the Aurora Beacon News building, the Gary Tribune office, the Daily Southtown offices )they may not be called the Daily Southtown these days), plus all of Pioneer's offices. Of those, Gurnee's closed, Oak Park's closed, and Glenview will be closed by the end of the month. I could go on at nauseating length about how this is so very much not a good idea, especially for Gary and Joliet.
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ohhh so glad you got to spend some time with him. Videochat is great, but there is nothing like them being there in front of you!

*hugs you tight*
Mar. 11th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah getting to hug him was absolutely wonderful. Now if we can just find his luggage, which some idiot took off the bus somewhere in Indianapolis. Ah, well....
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