Me thinks I am showing some signs of homesickness. If you're going to be sick, I guess this is a good one as no kleenex are needed, it is not contagious, no aching joints, and your face doesn't get splotchy. I know I am homesick because recently every other person looks like somebody at home. I went to the grocery and oh look there's Kim! (no) Hey, look that looks like Pete! (nope) Isn't that....? (no again) So this too will pass, it's all part of the experience. If I didn't miss home something would be wrong. Arcata is dear to us in so many ways......but we do feel special we missed out on a REALLY wet winter and spring.
Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. I am now officially 51 it seems. I am continually grateful I know so many superb women (and men!) ahead of me in the *collect the years* game. I have nothing to fear but more wrinkles and gray hair. Oh goody. I'm still sticking to the same story, I have earned every one of these wrinkles.
To celebrate the big day, Tom and I enjoyed an early morning jog on the beach, followed by a cuppa (one of my favorite aussie expressions) then we were off like a herd of turtles to Brisbane. We took in the Ron Mueck exhibit at the Queensland Modern Art Museum. He's the guy who makes Big People (not to be confused with the other big things of Australia) I had seen his work some years back in Washington D.C and was quite impressed/bemused. He is Australian born and currently living in London. His work is phenomenally life like. One in this exhibit is a newborn baby that's bigger than a baby sperm whale.
Following a particularly gastronomic heavenly event known by the common name dinner,we skidded over to play we had booked. It was billed as a comedy but the plot had gone missing and no one in the audience laughed. Thankfully it was over in 75 minutes! Sunday morning Melissa and I attempted to take the train to yet another dance competition her studio was participating in. Didn't quite work out as we were on the train for a little too long before I realized we were headed in the wrong direction. Stressed is not quite a strong enough word to describe the ensuing emotions. In the end we made it to the appointed theatre with we thought about three minutes to spare, but she ended up not going on stage for another hour. It would have been a very long day for all of us had she missed her performance!
Sunday afternoon was a rugby league game at Suncorp Stadium. (capacity over 50,000) The Brisbane Broncos pummeled the Rabbitohs, a South Sydney team. We ended up sitting mostly among the Sydneysiders, near a rather loud fan screaming "Go Bunnies!!!!" The cheers when the Broncos scored were deafening. My how those 250 pound guys with thighs like fire hydrants smash into each other. We watched some poor soul dragged down the field several yards as he hung onto an opponent's shirt. As we were leaving our seats a woman approached Tom and said " don't I know you?" he said no, she said " are you sure? from the movies? T.V.?" He missed his chance to impersonate a famous actor. Must be his new sevelt figger.
Monday was a holiday. Happy birthday Lizzie! (Queen Elizabeth that is) We drove to the glass house mountains, not far from here, and hiked around admiring these lava plugs, cores of ancient volcanoes. They have been here awhile, about 25 million years. Named by Captain Cook in the 1770's, he thought they looked like glass furnaces.
Here is a photo of my favorite piece from the fused glass workshop I attended last week, a couple of shots at a magnificent place called the Buderim Forest Park, and, courtesy of Melissa Ryan, a photo of the scoreboard at the Giants' game in San Fransisco over Memorial Day Weekend. (which she arranged) I'm sure it was a bitter sweet occasion for her friends and family to be together there without LuAnn, watching the team she loved. I miss her. We are so excited Scott, Cindy, Conner and Jaycee will be here in less than two weeks!!