Of dancing, mountains, and chocolate fountains

13 07 2005

So, when I said it’s exciting to anticipate all the adventures that await Luke this summer, I wasn’t thinking about his being blocks away from terrorist attacks. A little less adventure would be okay at this point.

Yes, he was in London. Unaware of the explosions, his group attempted to take the “tube” to the Tower of London just as officials shut it down “for emergency reasons.” They’d entered a station only two stops away from one of the bombings. Their hotel was only a couple of blocks away from the bus explosion. They noticed the sirens and helicopters, but they heard nothing and saw no fallout from the attacks themselves. And, according to Luke, Londoners remained calm. He said it was all very quiet and weird.

Per their pre-arranged schedule, the Wheaton group departed London the next day for a several-day southern excursion, landing in Oxford on the 11th. So, like the rest of us, all their news of the attacks has come through TV and radio, despite their proximity to the actual events.

Prayers for their continued safety would be much appreciated.

As for the rest of the family, we returned yesterday from a lovely trip to Colorado, where we relaxed and recreated in the cool air amidst majestic mountains. Some highlights: dancing barefoot in the grass to the music of live bands before watching an ooh-ah-worthy fireworks display on the 4th; flying at break-neck speed down a winding mountain Alpine slide; biking from Vail Pass to Avon; sitting outside sipping lattes with well-beloveds; eating hand-made crepes and shopping for gourmet pasta, pesto, and fresh dill and asiago cheese breads at the Minturn market; eating the meal we prepared from the aforementioned ingredients; coffee and creme brule after lobster bisque at The Mirabelle.

You may have noticed more than half of that list refers to food. I’m afraid the almost-constant exercise failed to compensate for the calories. Ah, well. It’s vacation, no? And quite the delicious one at that.

So much more I could say. The wedding we attended on the 2nd was beautiful, and the reception was a total blast. Live big band music, more food than an army could have consumed (including the ever-popular chocolate fountain with all kinds of dipping delights), lots and lots of dear friends. We chatted, ate, laughed, and danced our tootsies off. During the ceremony, the minister admonished the bride and groom to look for ways to serve each other. George–who has always been an amazing servant anyway–took this to heart and responded by dancing with me (something I love and he doesn’t much care for) most of the night. Jacob even danced–with Grace, me, and then Jennifer Cline! Grace and Nathan sizzled on a few Latin numbers. In her flowy, scarf-hemmed dress and spike-heeled black sandals, she looked the part, too. Dangerous. Good thing they’re cousins.

I should wrap this up. I still have to sort mail, pay bills, balance check books, return phone calls, etc. That’s the problem with vacation. Life keeps happening while you’re gone. But then again, I wouldn’t want it to stop.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say when my scattered thoughts settle. Until then, thanks for reading! ♥


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15 responses

13 07 2005
scarlet_arts

I keep hearing about people who were right near the explosions that day, and each time it stops my heart for a moment. My best friend’s sister was 50m behind the bus explosion – she witnessed the lot. How do you even process something like that?

I’m so glad that Luke is safe. Somebody’s taking good care of him!

13 07 2005
scarlet_arts

I keep hearing about people who were right near the explosions that day, and each time it stops my heart for a moment. My best friend’s sister was 50m behind the bus explosion – she witnessed the lot. How do you even process something like that?

I’m so glad that Luke is safe. Somebody’s taking good care of him!

13 07 2005
scarlet_arts

I keep hearing about people who were right near the explosions that day, and each time it stops my heart for a moment. My best friend’s sister was 50m behind the bus explosion – she witnessed the lot. How do you even process something like that?

I’m so glad that Luke is safe. Somebody’s taking good care of him!

13 07 2005
furiavriel

i can’t believe i missed all that dancing just to come to crummy old England…

i kid… sort of.

l.l

13 07 2005
furiavriel

i can’t believe i missed all that dancing just to come to crummy old England…

i kid… sort of.

l.l

13 07 2005
furiavriel

i can’t believe i missed all that dancing just to come to crummy old England…

i kid… sort of.

l.l

11 08 2005
Anonymous

Chocolate fountains

Hey, Jeanne, I can’t believe I found this blog of yours in such a roundabout way: I was looking at one of Mark Betrand’s blogs (The Master Artist), which I happened to link to from my sister’s blog (http://semicolon.reachcoop.org) and saw a link to yours. Who am I, you ask? I am Hannah Cline’s aunt, Judy (David is my husband). When I saw your name on the blog I knew there could only be one Jeanne Damoff. So, I’m dropping in to say, HI!

I, too, thoroughly enjoyed the wedding. It was the first time I saw a chocolate fountain. I asked David if I could get one put in our kitchen, but, sadly, he said no. I thought it was a great idea.

I hope to continue to read your blog. It looks great!

Judylynn
http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org

11 08 2005
Anonymous

Chocolate fountains

Hey, Jeanne, I can’t believe I found this blog of yours in such a roundabout way: I was looking at one of Mark Betrand’s blogs (The Master Artist), which I happened to link to from my sister’s blog (http://semicolon.reachcoop.org) and saw a link to yours. Who am I, you ask? I am Hannah Cline’s aunt, Judy (David is my husband). When I saw your name on the blog I knew there could only be one Jeanne Damoff. So, I’m dropping in to say, HI!

I, too, thoroughly enjoyed the wedding. It was the first time I saw a chocolate fountain. I asked David if I could get one put in our kitchen, but, sadly, he said no. I thought it was a great idea.

I hope to continue to read your blog. It looks great!

Judylynn
http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org

11 08 2005
Anonymous

Chocolate fountains

Hey, Jeanne, I can’t believe I found this blog of yours in such a roundabout way: I was looking at one of Mark Betrand’s blogs (The Master Artist), which I happened to link to from my sister’s blog (http://semicolon.reachcoop.org) and saw a link to yours. Who am I, you ask? I am Hannah Cline’s aunt, Judy (David is my husband). When I saw your name on the blog I knew there could only be one Jeanne Damoff. So, I’m dropping in to say, HI!

I, too, thoroughly enjoyed the wedding. It was the first time I saw a chocolate fountain. I asked David if I could get one put in our kitchen, but, sadly, he said no. I thought it was a great idea.

I hope to continue to read your blog. It looks great!

Judylynn
http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org

11 08 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: Chocolate fountains

Hi, Judy! Welcome! Wow, you did come by my blog in a rather convoluted way. 🙂 But that’s fine. Now that you’re here, make yourself at home.

Jeanne

P.S. How does your sister know Mark Bertrand?

11 08 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: Chocolate fountains

Hi, Judy! Welcome! Wow, you did come by my blog in a rather convoluted way. 🙂 But that’s fine. Now that you’re here, make yourself at home.

Jeanne

P.S. How does your sister know Mark Bertrand?

11 08 2005
jeannedamoff

Re: Chocolate fountains

Hi, Judy! Welcome! Wow, you did come by my blog in a rather convoluted way. 🙂 But that’s fine. Now that you’re here, make yourself at home.

Jeanne

P.S. How does your sister know Mark Bertrand?

18 08 2005
Anonymous

Re: Chocolate fountains

I have no idea how she knows Mark, or if she actually does. I just read her blog on a regular basis and saw the link she had for the contest that’s going on now.

If you want to see my blog, here is the link:
http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org
I haven’t been able to post on it for a few weeks, but I hope to soon.

Judy

18 08 2005
Anonymous

Re: Chocolate fountains

I have no idea how she knows Mark, or if she actually does. I just read her blog on a regular basis and saw the link she had for the contest that’s going on now.

If you want to see my blog, here is the link:
http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org
I haven’t been able to post on it for a few weeks, but I hope to soon.

Judy

18 08 2005
Anonymous

Re: Chocolate fountains

I have no idea how she knows Mark, or if she actually does. I just read her blog on a regular basis and saw the link she had for the contest that’s going on now.

If you want to see my blog, here is the link:
http://coramdeo.reachcoop.org
I haven’t been able to post on it for a few weeks, but I hope to soon.

Judy

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