Saturday, January 20, 2007

Field Trip!

For the first time in many months, I ventured away from home this weekend. My handsome brilliant son and I drove over to Mr. Designated Driver's amazing house, which is a terrifying 90 minutes away. I was full of anxiety about the road trip: what if I was beset by intestinal dramas? What if I encountered deadly infectious organisms? What if there was so much excitement I dropped dead of exhaustion?

But none of that happened, and I had a fabulously revitalizing time.

Like me, Mr. DD surrounds himself with color.

Unlike me, he makes his own colorful paintings.

We had a blast. My kid and I took turns banging on Mr. Man's drums.

Here's me doing my famous Gene Krupa imitation. I totally rock.

Mr. DD's hound dog kd got hold of my wig and was running around the house wildly shaking it like a dead rabbit, which was terribly hilarious, but after a while it was getting kind of soggy so I let Elvis borrow it to keep it out of her reach.

It was a gloomy dreary winter day, but we went out and walked around the lot where my teeny tiny cottage will go.

The little cottage will fit right in the middle of this ring of trees, sort of where that leaf pile is.

I'm dreaming of a teeny tiny car to go with my teeny tiny cottage.

In the afternoon we took my handsome brilliant son on a devastation tour of New Orleans, then had coffee and hot fresh beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Powdered sugar got all over the Designated Driver! This was my first time eating in a restaurant since I started chemotherapy last October. I figured it was ok since the beignets were piping hot out of the deep fryer and the coffee was in disposable cups. Fortunately none of the filthy pigeons landed on our table.

It was a wonderful weekend. I'm tired, but happy and more energized in the spirit than I've been in ages. The countdown continues: Five more days and the chemo is FINISHED!!! And then, the great merciful noodly FSM willing, I'll be back to having new adventures every single day. Hang on, it won't be long.


Blogger Romance said...

Yum!!! I was born in NO and grew up with beignets and espresso.... Delurking to day - glad you had a such a fun day and the Cafe Dumonde photos made me miss NO.

12:55 AM  
Blogger B. Dagger Lee said...

Congratulations, Liz. But I should try to pick a better word than 'congratulations.'

You remind me of Persephone, going to Hades and back, struggling with the god of death.

Here are some lines from Louise Gluck's Persephone the Wanderer.

You drift between earth and death
which seem, finally,
strangely alike. Scholars tell us
that there is no point in knowing what you want
when the forces contending over you
could kill you.
White of forgetfulness,
white of safety —
They say
there is a rift in the human soul
which was not constructed to belong
entirely to life…

…My soul
shattered with the strain
of trying to belong to earth —

What will you do,
when it is your turn in the field with the god?

Thanks for detailing "your turn in the field with the god."

I would give you a laurel-leaf crown!

yrs, B. Dagger Lee

9:44 AM  
Blogger quixoticmantis said...


You look so happy!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are all so gorgeous! And the Little Cabin In the Woods sounds like heaven.

10:55 AM  
Blogger EK said...

What a great blog....You are amazing and my best thoughts are with you on this incredible journey.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see you and Mr. DD together, smiling and eating beignets.

I can't wait to read about your tiny-housebuilding adventures.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hon, you do know that hot, fresh beignets are highly anabolic, right?!? :)
Glad you went and had a blast. It has been far too many years since I sat at the Cafe Du Monde. I appreciate your sharing these pictures for us to salivate over.


4:43 PM  
Blogger Professor Zero said...

Excellent! :-)

5:08 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I have been following your blog since GrannyVibe and you are such an amazing inspiration to this 33-year-old woman who lifts weights. I send you strong thoughts every day and will have all appendages crossed on Feb 1!

I love the design of your little cottage, but I thought you might still like to check out this cool site--an architect making homes out of shipping containers:

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you, Liz.


6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This entry, she makes me happy.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the car. I have an Xa, love the tinyness.

need to get back down to have a nice caffe

1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a memorable day all around! I don't know how much more your son could look like you, so he obviously gets the brilliant gene from you. The looks are pretty terrific too!

An occasional jazzfest attendee, the cafe du monde pic REALLY makes me want to go to this year's fest, with a morning stroll to CDM first.

Love seeing all this good stuff, what a really great day you had together! And, love that car too.

another susan

6:08 AM  

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