My sister/friend Helen came to Milwaukee to visit this weekend; bringing that New York energy with her and we had quite the time, hitting the consignment/vintage shops. I'm a little poorer financially, but so much richer after spending such a good time with such a delightful person. Needless to say, we found many treasures and bought everything we liked. Lots of bagfuls. We may shop the discounts, but we always look like a millions bucks! I will especially look like a gazillion dollars in my Escada cashmere blazer, for which I paid exactly twenty-three dollars.
The real prize was just knowing this person is in my life and we will have these wonderful times together.
All I did this weekend was have fun. Good conversation, good food and great fun driving around. I took the two shrinks to see Silver Linings Playbook, and I have to say, seeing it the second time for me was as enjoyable as it was the first time. This is a great movie and sharing it with people who really understand mental illness was a good experience. I am in love with crazy Bradley Cooper. And crazy Robert de Niro. I even have a girl crush on crazy Jennifer Lawrence. People.....go see this movie. Somehow, you walk out of the theatre with the most amazing feeling; and it's quite a mystery how you attained it. Some movies just do that to you.
This is how much I love Helen. I gave her one of the books in a series of volumes of my favorite story, The Peasants. It took me years to collect all four books because they're old and out of print, and it was a tremendous task to get the right translation of it. The author won the Nobel Prize for literature for this work. I hope she likes it because she is one of the few people to whom I would even consider loaning the books. Took me too long to collect them, they're eighty years old and very fragile.....but the story is so awesome and the writing so musical, I had to share it with her. I hope she'll ask for the next volume in the future.
Anyhow, I haven't read a newspaper in four days, watched the news, or had any inkling of the outside world. I was too wrapped up in fun and sisterhood. Aren't I the lucky one!