I definitely don't get as much time with her as I feel like I need. Pretty much it would require that she pitch a tent in my family room and live with us, for me to feel as satisfied as I would like to be with time with her. Having lived states away for over a decade now, I can't tell you how many phone conversations end with, "I miss you!! I love you! You get me!"
I was so pleased when she told me that she was able to come for a three day weekend. She's just a gem. The kids were entertwined like little monkeys on her while she just laughed and talked with them. Ruby Lenore got to spend time with her namesake, Auntie Lenore, making jewelry, reading her world record book, and telling her stories. She's the kind of friend that can hop all over the map conversationally and the only one that I would say (feeling perfectly comfortable), "Hey, can I make you put together dinner while I run around and get some stuff done." And I did that two nights in a row!
It just was what I needed to have one, long conversation that spanned several hours over three days. I love Lenore.
She had come with her first d-slr and taken my parent photography workshop so the next day we took our cameras and walked around Old Tacoma. We talked and ate (Magical Sandwich Maker Deli sandwiches...oh MY!) and I taught her how to shoot in manual. She's one of those people that can do everything and do it really well and I fully expect her to be a better photographer than me in about two months...truly.
I even made her take some teaching pictures for me to use in my class on when I talk about lighting. Only a true friend lets you take bad pictures on purpose.
We were driving by the graffeti parking garage and I shrieked when I saw this face. We parked illegally, hopped out and I LOVE how these ones turned out. It was actually kind of ironic as we'd JUST been mocking super artsy photos that have no people connection and then we went and got all artsy ;).
It was a perfect, perfect weekend. I love you, L. Come back and pitch your tent anytime :).