Archive: Nov 2012

Visit to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple was only a short drive from our hosts’ home in Bloomington, Indiana.

A beautiful and peaceful place, we enjoyed walking the grounds (and gift shop) on a sunny but cool morning.

Namaste – “As it is most commonly used, namaste is roughly equivalent to “greetings” or “good day,” in English, implicitly with the connotation “to be well”. As opposed to shaking hands, kissing or embracing each other in other cultures, Namaste is a non-contact form of respectful greeting and can be used universally while meeting a person of different gender, age or social status.”

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how we visist

If we ever come stay with you, it is highly likely that we will cook you dinner.

We will also bring our adorable baby.

This is how we visit:

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for lovers of cider, mead, and wine

Ennis and Donna playing outside at Oliver Winery.

I love cider. Spiced cider. Hard cider. It’s all apple goodness to me.

I was thrilled to visit Oliver Winery where in addition to wine and mead, they have a robust cider collection all up for sampling on a lovely estate for a nominal sampling fee.

For a weekday, they were surprisingly busy, but the hostesses were pleasant and the waits weren’t too long between samples.

We ended up buying a bottle of a soft red made with concord grapes that reminded me of a classy Mogen David, several bottles of cider, and a couple of bottles of mango mead.

As we dwindle our supply, I’m only sad we didn’t buy more.

If you’re ever in Bloomington, I highly recommend stopping by. I wish we had been able to go on a weekend and tour the vineyard, but the store with tasting was nice on its own as I hope the photos show.

Photos from our visit!

Baby, it’s fall outside!

leaf lover

Though we went to two children’s museums, an art museum, an art gallery, two parks with playgrounds, an ice cream shop, and many other places to eat, for Ennis none had the impression of this pile of leaves.

Perhaps it was the crunch and rustle the leaves made as he reached forward and shifted his weight to his knees.

Or maybe it was how they flaked and crumbled in his hands as he passed them back and forth before closing them in his fists.

Or it could have been the reds, browns, and yellows  they painted the ground.

Whatever it was, vacation to this baby involved getting his hands on as many fallen leaves as possible.

I almost packed up a box for him to bring back, but instead of trying to hold on to our week in Indiana, I’ll be sure we experience true fall with all its golden leaf glory again.

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Today one of my Day One college freshmen said, “Remember back in high school when girls bedazzled their iPhones.”

For the second I thought we were about to talk about bedazzled jean jackets, I was excited thinking there had been some late 2000s bedazzler renaissance.

But then he said “iPhone” and I swear 6 gray hair sprung from my hair. I checked later to confirm the iPhone came out in 2007. A year after I finished my master’s degree. In high school, I was still using a pay phone to call my parents to come pick me up after theater rehearsal, though now I can’t remember the last time I used one. Nor can I remember the last time I used my calling card or paid long distance. Aging is much more different than I thought it’d be.

It swells quickly but from underneath like a storm surge instead of the crashing waves you expect, and by the time you’ve realized what’s going on, you’ve got a circle of freshmen trying to imagine why people would be adding plastic jewels to denim jackets.

Perhaps again showing my age, I’m still pretty amazed with our recent vacay to Indiana. This is how Donna welcomed up:

I knew then it was going to be a week of good food with good friends..
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grown-up problems

Nothing like a broken appliance to keep you up past bedtime. Ah the joys of adulthood, the voluntary reinstatement of bedtime + major appliance ownership. Let’s hope for good news and a dryer that dries tomorrow. In the mean time, we can all enjoy Ennis without his pants finding glee in the edge of a floor puzzle:

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Indiana on my mind

When you step out in downtown Bloomington, you’re never quite sure what you’ll see. Whether it’s a 24 year old cat like the one above or commissioned yarn bombed trees like the ones below. Regardless of what you find, there are benches and sidewalks and other comforts worth enjoying.
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