The Most Magical Road Trip has begun!

PIXCDST is all packed up and Mom and I headed to Nashville! First, we stopped in Indy for a long wonderful lunch with Lydia. I didn’t realize how much I needed to see my best friend before the trip really began. I promised we could survive this separation considering she ditched me for Cape Town, South Africa last fall ;)

The total drive time for Day 1 was about 7 hours (3 to Indy, about 4 to Nashville). Mom and I talked and sang and laughed at missing pictures of the state line signs the whole way!

Could not have asked for a more perfect weekend with my handsome guy. We were tourists in out own city. We started the weekend in Arlington Heights for dinner with my parents and then headed to an Irish pub (our favorite kinda place!) and talked and laughed all night. We spent Saturday in Chicago on an architecture boat tour, strolling the Mag Mile, downing burgers on the river at the most perfect French bistro, and met up with Lizzy, Chips sister, for dinner and drinks and meeting her boyfriend! We had a blast playing bar games all night (which we learned I’m no good at). Sunday we woke up in Winnetka feeling bittersweet over our eminent goodbye-but we made the best of it with brunch at Walker Bros pancake house and then Chips grad party with the whole fam at Ravinia. It was great spending time with the entertaining and always welcoming Potters as we sang along to musical show tunes on the lawn.

Saying goodbye to my second family and Chip was certainly not easy. But he kept me smiling and laughing all night, reminding me that I am following my dream and this is a good thing. Seriously, he wouldn’t drive away if I was crying.
We’re already planning his trip to the happiest place on earth—he’s in for the full Disney World experience when he comes!
Thanks chip for making this one of the happiest summers full of so much love


Anonymous asked:

"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.

fishingboatproceeds answered:

Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.