Shopping with Mom and Laura

My dad had surgery on his back yesterday. My sister, Laura, and I came up to Maryland to be with my mom and dad for a few days. The surgery went very well, and Dad is resting and recovering. After visiting with Dad today, Mom, Laura and I went over to the mall and went shopping.

Laura trying on a gown

Laura tried on some fancy gowns. She found a beautiful gown that looked amazing on her. Hopefully some wonderful patron will read this post and donate the money necessary to make the purchase. We left the gown on the rack, but I did get a picture.

We shopped for a purse for mom, and pants for me. Both of those goals were a bust. Mom is still searching for the perfect bag: not too big, not to small, a strap long enough to put over her shoulder, classic but fun design. She found two she liked, one was Burberry, and the other was Jimmy Choo. So she has great taste, but the amount of money they were asking was crazy talk, and just not something any of us could get behind!

Mom after a long afternoon of shopping

I am looking for taupe, tan, or camel dress pants that are not stretch, and are lined. I think I must be looking for the unicorn of pants. It seems that no one makes lined pants any more. I just don’t know what this world is coming to if I can’t find lined pants at Nordstrom’s! The sales lady said that the lining was originally part of pant construction to “hide the flaws”. I am thinking, “don’t we still have flaws to hide?”. But she clarified that it was to hide the flaws in manufacturing, and now that the computer controlled machines are so much more accurate, there is no need for the lining any more. I beg to differ! I will be looking at Macy’s when I get to North Carolina, where the Southpoint Macy’s has never failed me on the business clothing front.

Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania – November 2004

IF Laura played Rosina in the Barber of Seville at the University of Maryland. The last show was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Joey, Grandma Margaret and I decided to travel north to see the opera and celebrate Thanksgiving with the Mercados. Jason Wright, Laura’s boyfriend, and Jason Kaminsky, Laura’s roommate and fellow Barber of Seville star, both joined us for Turkey Day. Of course, we all consumed huge amounts of delicious food, and had a wonderful time.

A Wedding, Our Nation, and The Frog

IF Our good friend Scott Howard was married to Emily Lovejoy on Saturday the Twenty First of February at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Scott had just come to serve at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer when he and Emily met (she drove Scott to the pot-luck dinner held to welcome him to the church).

Ever conscious of propriety, Scott attempted to conceal his attraction to Emily from Emily and the congregation for months (after-all, he is a priest and she was a member of the congregation). Of course, Emily, being the perfect match for Scott (and a member of his evaluation committee), attempted to conceal her attraction to Scott from Scott and the congregation for months.

The congregation thought the whole dance was hysterical and helped the couple plan their wedding.

Here some photos from the wedding and our trip to Woburn.


The day after the wedding, LD and I flew from Boston to Philadelphia. We spent the day with Ted and Becky sight-seeing in and around National Independence Historical Park. Then we drove back to their house in Chambersberg.

If you are ever playing tourist in Philadelphia, have lunch at the City Tavern – we did and it was excellent. Don’t forget to visit the Liberty Bell or take in some of the other sites around town. Just don’t miss the City Tavern.


Laura met us in Chambersburg and the next day we drove with her to her apartment in College Park, Maryland. We spent the night with Laura. The next day she invited us to join her morning lecture at the University of Maryland, introduced us to her professors (very nice to see Leon again), and took us to a ‘Noon Concert’.

Then we went to visit The Frog.