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Happy Days

July 3, 2011

I am taking a break from the hot work of weeding the garden to sit in AJ’s cool room and type for a little while. AJ and a friend are downstairs. Mr. Spy is napping in our room. It’s a perfect summer Sunday afternoon. I keep thinking about how much I will miss our garden here. It’s been nice to putter around in it this afternoon.

The Spy Family hit the road yesterday morning. We drove to Milwaukee for a repeat of last summer’s trip. This time we made it inside the art museum, which was spectacular. The Calatrava-designed part of the building is magical. We dined in its belly, a tiny bistro in a room that pointed toward the lake like the prow of a ship. We wandered through many galleries of modern art. I was impressed in particular with their collection of art made by women — in the galleries we visited (mostly 19th and 20th c. art), it appeared to be nearly half. A very different ratio than any other museum I can think of.

We also made a repeat visit to the Discovery World museum, which is science and nature oriented. I made friends with some enormous fish in a hands-on tank, that kept coming back to have their backs scratched, much to AJ’s amusement.

We dined at the Safe House spy-themed restaurant, which requires a password for entry I’d tell you what it is, but then I’d have to kill you. We were amused to find a portrait of a gun-toting Sarah Palin face has joined Fidel Castro on the wall of spies. The food was mediocre, but the drinks were strong, so we didn’t care. AJ’s dessert was ice cream coated in chocolate to look like a bomb with a birthday candle as the fuse. It turned out to be a trick relighting candle, which amused him greatly (although not as much as the enormous belch he accidentally let out at the end of his meal). His dad finally sacrificed his fingers to douse it in his water glass, at which point AJ demanded to know how it worked. On our way back to the hotel afterwards, we stopped to visit with The Bronze Fonz. Ayyyyyy!

This morning we drove out to the Boerner Botanical Gardens, which were lovely to walk around, and then headed back, by way of our favorite smiling barn, where we bought sandwiches and produce, and also Dog ‘n’ Suds on the Illinois side of the state line, for a little drive-in snack. It was a good Midwestern experience. We saw a lot of cows (as well as a few skydivers in cow fields — we hoped they landed well), ate a lot of cheese, and are looking forward to sweet corn for dinner.

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. eleanorio permalink
    July 3, 2011 6:54 pm

    And to you as well.

  2. July 3, 2011 7:05 pm

    Sounds lovely We made a new blueberry pie-ish thing. This one involved oatmeal, brown sugar and melted butter. The Friday one had melted butter too. Tomorrow blueberry-sour cream ice cream. (Cream can stand in for butter)

  3. July 3, 2011 8:23 pm

    Sounds just about perfect.

  4. freshhell permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:23 am

    Sounds like a great day.

  5. July 5, 2011 12:05 am

    I have heard of this Safe House for years, but never made it to Milwaukee to visit it. It sounds like you had a great time!

  6. July 5, 2011 6:56 am

    So glad to hear your family visits spy-themed places!

  7. July 5, 2011 7:03 am

    I was, however, somewhat miffed that after my second attempt at scanning all of the spy paraphernalia decorating the place, there was not one reference to Harriet. Harumph.

  8. July 5, 2011 7:54 am

    Harumph indeed!

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