John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Ten random things: January 28

Ten things I did during my vacation in Illinois and Wisconsin:

  1. Had lunch with my grandmother at Johnny's Charhouse in Sycamore
  2. Visited Marbles: The Brain Store in Naperville with my old friend Pete
  3. Watched the movie Seems Like Old Times with my dad and stepmom
  4. Talked with my fourth grade Sunday school teacher following the 8:40 AM service at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
  5. Ate an Italian beef sandwich at Portillo's
  6. Read Zeitoun by Dave Eggars and What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  7. Interviewed for a job with the Madison Metropolitan School District
  8. Watched American Idol with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew
  9. Beat my dad at a game of Six
  10. Visited the expanded and remodeled Wheaton Public Library

This was the first time I'd visited my childhood hometown since 2004. I would have had to stay much longer than a week to have seen everyone and done everything I might have wanted to see and do—For example, I didn't have the chance to go to Steak 'n Shake, or to get into the city—but nevertheless I'm satisfied with the trip. I was especially glad to see my grandmother and my friend Pete; I'd not seen grandma since 2004, and it had been even longer since I'd seen Pete. And the interview was a bit unexpected, in that I had planned and scheduled the trip well in advance of even applying for the job; that they contacted me to schedule an interview while I was already going to be in the area (relatively speaking; Madison is about two and a half hours from where I was staying) was a pleasant surprise.


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