Friday, September 11, 2009

Made it--barely

by Heather Justesen

I started my morning at 1:09 AM when my pager went off for a medical call for the ambulance. By the time I got back to sleep it was four, so I slept late then ran through my morning routine so I could head out of town much later than I had planned. Today I met my sisters (the three who live in Utah) for a girl's night, er, overnight activity. We rented a hotel room and have talked and giggled through the evening, sat in the hot tub (no pictures, I know, you're probably relieved about that), and took multiple video clips to email to my sister in Mexico and my mom who aren't able to join us.

We're staying in a hotel just outside Park City, hopefully not keeping any of our neighbors up while we giggle and laugh and tease, trying to get each other to knock over the Jenga tower while we sit around the table, hopped up on sugar from ice cream and candy.

I love getting together with my sisters. Usually we only make it for an evening a few times a year, but we love these nights together talking about anything and everything. I feel sad for people who don't get along with their siblings--they're such a huge blessing in my life, even though they live hours away (hours by plane, in the case of my older sister).

I was hoping to be able to reveal my book cover today, but apparently it'll have to wait. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this curious photo we took as we were driving around trying to pick somewhere to eat dinner. (Yes, after an hour of driving, we picked the restaurant across the street from our hotel).
Yes, those are shoes in the tree, hundreds of them. I don't know the story behind this shoe tree, but there's an ode to it in the Park City Magazine here. There's also a silly little video of the same trees here.

There's got to be an interesting story behind this... or at least a few fun tidbits. If anyone knows when the shoe tree started or why, I'd love to know.


Nichole Giles said...

I love girls nights like that! How fun for you. I'm so glad you get to do things like that with your sisters, because these are memories you'll cherish forever.

Way cool about the tree. Definitely a story behind it. Too bad I don't know what it is. Maybe the idea is for us to make up our own?

JoAnn Arnold said...

Loved your blog. My sisters, my mother and I got together for two days and nights, a few years ago. We got a nice hotel room, ate out every meal saw the sites, etc. It was so much fun. We decided we would do it every year. But we haven't. I don't know why. I guess life simply got in the way of living. Now, you inspired me. Maybe I'll suggest that we plan our next trip.