From: Kotschwar, Kate
Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:50 PM
To: Doe, Jane (Professional)
Subject: Just saying hi
This is a totally un-related to work e-mail. I just wanted to say hi, and let you know that the pictures that you posted of your daughter (last week?) on Facebook are adorable. Really. You and your husband do good work.
I've decided to rename my house Gasthaus Kotschwar because of all the people that are living here at any given moment. (And because Kotschwar is Germanic - otherwise is would have been Chateau or Chez.) I'm considering installing a large electronic board in the living room showing arrivals and departures. This week alone looks like this:
Claude (living here) leaves on Wednesday.
Senora X (my friend's mom) comes to stay on Thursday. [My friend's husband comes back after a deployment. She wants a few days with just her, her husband and their 11 month old, so her live-in-mother is coming to stay for a few days.]
Senora X leaves on Sunday.
Claude returns on Wednesday.
Zac returns on Saturday.
Clarice (Claude daughter) arrives on Saturday.
Somewhere in there our friends from Hawaii are visiting but, by the grace of God, they are staying with other friends for their visit. But they will be here for socializing and we'd like to have a big party some time Memorial Day weekend. Am I bound by etiquette to try and remove the fine film of remodeling dust that has covered every surface in my home before I have company over, even when the work is ongoing? Where does Emily Post come down on stuff like this? All I know is people are getting paper plates and the napkins don't match. I'm a terrible hostess.
And I still don't have a functioning kitchen. I do the dishes in my bathtub. I fill my coffee pot, which is now housed in the garage, in the bathroom sink. My stove sits in the dining room, mocking my desire to boil water.
I laugh, because I have no other healthy options.
[It's really not all that bad. I'm just incredibly melodramatic.]
I hope you're doing well and that you're enjoying the late-spring there in MN. I'm still planning on coming to MN at some point. Maybe mid July? I'll let you know ahead of time so I can try to squeeze in some time at the Mother Ship.
Talk to you soon,