this morning i drank coffee with a rad lady while we quietly listened to crust and doom, so to not wake up the other inhabitants of 'faggle rock', a queer punk house in bloomington indiana.
yesterday, after a super lovely visit with my family, i left findlay ohio. knowing that the drive from findlay to evansville indiana, where my parents & brothers live and my next long(ish) stopover, was too far for me to drive in a day, i began to look for a good place to stay for a night. i knew 1.) i didn't want to pay for a campsite, 2.) didn't want to park at a walmart, and 3.) needed a break from family matters/needed time with other radical queer folks. i contacted a few punk houses i knew of in the bloomington area and ended up with the nicest people, who made me a pot pie and then we watched 'the crow' and stayed up until the wee hours talking.
along with brilliant company, my hostess gave me awesome presents:
i can't thank my bloomington hostess(es) enough! i will be sending y'all some really good things in the mail soon!
despite the drive from bloomington to evansville being a mere few hours, i didn't arrive at my parents house until mid afternoon. i spent some quality time with my ma, while we waited for my dad, my brothers, and nieces. once everyone convened, we ate an awesome meal my mom prepared, i talked with my brother, dustin, and his kids, jasmine and jerriah, for a long time, we looked at photo albums, laughed, explored honey. honey is parked down the street in a vacant area of my parents' housing development, they don't have room in their driveway/street (or maybe they don't want to bother the neighbors, in all likelihood). since she's a lil ways away and in a neighborhood, i figured it best to not sleep in her while we are here, which i am a lil bummed about. moon and poe and i are tucked inside the spare room of my parents' house. when i moved poe from her perch on the loft bed, she was pissed and is now hiding under the bed. moon's dreaming next to me, her little paws twitching, so i think she's happy.
i'm really excited to spend time with these folks. my nieces are really amazing, interesting, funny people. my brother, dustin, is the best dad (plus, all those awesome things about my nieces definitely come from him). my brother dan, is quiet but not without a good sense of humor and tenderness. and my parents are loving and fun people. this week will be packed with family time and planning the trek west. i am looking forward to carving out a few days, once the journey picks back up, to hang out in some woods and make some paintings/write some letters.