Thursday, May 03, 2007

Back to the Future

My sister is coming to visit tomorrow! She'll be taking the Amtrak "Downeaster," which bridges the gaping chasm between Maine and Massachusetts in something like 247 hours. (For all I know, she's on the train already.) Meg is crossing not one, but TWO state lines, leaving the gorgeous state of Maine for the shopping metropolis that is Greater Boston. When that happens, you know big things are at hand.

We've come to think of this annual spring visit as a summit of sorts, where we convene for the betterment of the world. We shop, we talk, we drink copious amounts of wine (and the occasional chocolate martini). We remember the good old days where kids didn't wear seat belts or bike helmets, and Mom would send us out to play after lunch and not expect to see us again until dinner. We talk about what would make society better, and then agree that if all that is ever going to happen, we probably need new outfits. And then we shop, talk, and drink some extra-strong coffee to keep up our stamina.

Now, it's not that I'm excited about Meg's visit...it's just that I can't stop googling "Train songs" and then rewriting the lyrics in anticipation. Monday I massacred the Monkee's "Last Train to Clarksville" (hereinafter known as, "Last Train to Woburn"); yesterday it was a hit from my parents' era, "King of the Road" (in which I made her a queen, then sold off her kids, husband, dog, and the small green turtle pool they keep in the yard so she could hop a boxcar to Belmont and shop with me at Marshalls).

Some might call this procrastination, but I'm thinking, if this book thing doesn't work out, I might have a career in jingles...

Anyway, Meg will be here through Sunday. And just wait - the world will be a better place after our Downeast Sister Summit (please note that we're not yet entirely sure how this world improvement effect translates across timezones; for those of you living west of Red Sox Nation, your patience is appreciated.)

Have a great weekend :)

12 comments:

Stacy said...

How fun! Have a great time with your sister and be careful with the chocolate martinis.

Beth said...

What fun! Wine, shopping, and good conversation-it doesn't get much better than that!

Hey-the rewriting song lyrics thing could be a great career. Just look at Weird Al. On second thought, maybe that's a bad example...

Angela said...

It sounds really fabulous! So, about the jingles... don't quit your day job.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Definitely go with the new outfits--you want to suitably garbed when saving the world from all its irritating little quirks and problems.

And I'm very impressed with the jingle work (at least as you describe it). I'd probably have to hear it...

Jenny Rough said...

Have fun! I've always wanted to see Maine. I think I've said that in the comments section of your blog before, but, well, it's true!

Swishy said...

So fun! Good for you guys. Have a great time and (try to) stay out of trouble! ;)

Karen said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend to me! Have a great time! :)

p.s. - "Hey Porter" is another pretty good train song. ;)

John Elder Robison said...

I could take or leave a brother/sister visit, but I'd jump for a good train ride.

If you like domesticated train rides, you should try the ones out here, or up in Vermont.

If you like your train rides wild, we have some spots where they crawl at walking speed, and you can ride 50 miles once you climb on.

I don't do that anymore, though.

LEstes65 said...

You really can't make society better in shabby clothes. Good for you! My fashionista icon. I aspire to be you. Or at least as gorgeous as you. Have fun with Sis. Wish I was up there to meet her.

ellesappelle said...

Sisters are the BEST!!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Ohhh, that sounds like fun. Gotta love chocolate martinis and wine.

Kim Stagliano said...

Oooh I hope you got to Harvard Square! I love Massachusetts - HOME! I'm in CT now and it feels close enough until I can get back for REAL. I was out of New England for 16+ years. NEVER AGAIN!

Thank God she wasn't on the "Nor'Easter."