F: How was your time in Cleveland?
L: It was really good to be home and we missed you being there! Yesterday, our Aunt Rosemarie had a lung transplant after months of waiting. All went well and she is now breathing on her own. I was able to spend some time with her the day before the call came through that a lung was available. It’s all just remarkable! I also spent a night over the weekend with my girlfriends from high school which is always wonderful. Dad and David took us out on a boat ride before all the crazy stormy weather started. Sunday night we had a big family dinner at Mom’s house with our sister-in-law’s family. Monday morning we had a fabulous brunch over at Suzanne’s. I just feel so lucky to be a part of a big, loving family and to have such solid lifelong friendships. It’s always a bit jarring to return to my life in New York after these visits but it was great to be there.
F: Have you thought at all about your birthday and what you want to do?
L: Seems pretty early to be thinking about my birthday. A close friend of mine gave me a bottle of wine when I turned 30 to drink when I turned 35, which will be this year. I can’t really believe it.
F: Are you reading anything new?
L: I’ve been doing a better job than usual of keeping up in my New Yorker subscription but I haven’t started any new books lately.
F: Have you gone to McCarren Pool this season?
L: I haven’t. I’ve actually only ever been there one time and I think it was the summer before last. It was nicer than I expected and it’s a good place to remember when it’s super hot here.
F: Any more summer plans?
L: I’m hoping on a visit from my sister!