Happy Monday. How was everyones weekend? We had a pretty lovely weekend here in Portland, lots of sunshine. There was no school for my oldest, Fisher, Friday. I think that they take Friday off so they get the holiday without actually celebrating Columbus day because, well, it's Columbus day and that whole thing resulted in some less than celebratory things. So Friday morning we headed to Grandma's house to go up to the University of Portland where there is a display honoring my grandfather. It was really lovely. She kept saying "how did I not know all this stuff?" (I think he was just a very humble man and we are all finding out just how influential and well admired he was). People are so amazing and even after 65 years of marriage I could see my grandmother being completely taken. In fact in an article written for The American Scholar, by the writer Brian Doyle, about my grandfather, he quotes my grandmother saying to him "his wife said to me at the funeral that she still had a crush on him after 65 years." (i'll have more on Brian Doyle in an upcoming post.).
Then we checked out their American Indian inspired gallery which seemed a perfect thing to celebrate in lieu of Columbus. After that we spent some time tripping down memory lane in St. Johns where I grew up (i'll have more on that later too). Saturday was spent working, and Sunday cleaning, which was later rewarded with a movie in the afternoon. Fisher and I went to see Gravity. I haven't been to a movie in months, but I knew that one looked good enough to get me to fork over the big bucks. I was a little unhappy to see it was in 3D (why is everything 3D now?). But it was so good I didn't mind at all. Going into the movie I had no idea it would make me cry like a baby either but it did, in which those 3D glasses came in pretty handy.