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The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, so I was delighted to have a weekend without many commitments, especially since next weekend will be filled with the Conclave Release Party and the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame fundraiser at Sanfilippo Mansion.

On Saturday, we had landscapers come to work on the front yard, as well as to dig out the spots in the back for our garden and play area. We'll do the planting and gardening ourselves, but it helped to have the equipment for some initial clean up. I love this part: the planning and transformation.

Sunday, the kids each had a birthday party to attend. One was a "Mad Scientist Party," and my oldest wanted mad scientist hair (of course). We weren't sure what a female mad scientist's hair would look like, so we took our inspiration from the lovely Trillian Stars in her fabulous Steampunk Shakespeare costume for Twelfth Night. Here they are side-by-side:

She had a great time making a rocket, slime, and chocolate play dough. I had the opportunity to sit in a Starbucks and catch up on some paperwork and emails, but I really wanted to be writing, so I kept scribbling ideas down in my notebook.

I love this part: the burst of inspiration, the chasing of stories.


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Apr. 26th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
What a fabulous sight to wake up to! That is glorious and I'm honored to have been the inspiration for such a great hairdo! She looks wonderful!

Apr. 26th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Steam Punk Hair
Love your daughter's hairdo. Ukrainian Steampunk! I want it but don't have long hair any more.
Valya you are such a happy, creative inspiring person- how you juggle your children, your moving houses and countries, your writing life. Wonderful.
Eva Chapman (forgot my Livejournal password again!)
Apr. 26th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
What a fun post! I love the pic of Maya. Can't wait to hear what your yard and garden ideas turn into, and also to see photos of the finished projects, house and garden. Although since homes and yards morph as needs change, maybe some interim reports would be good!

I love love love your line 'the burst of inspiration, the chasing of stories.'
Apr. 26th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)

Your children are brilliant and adorable, and you are an inspiring delight. SO COOL :D
May. 6th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
I agree with all comments! I'll bet Maya had a blast, what a great idea for a party. And now I have an idea for our next 'Crazy Hair Day' at school. Trillian inspires Maya, Maya inspires Sandy!
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