Friday, June 22, 2007

Austria Alps

Here's a bit of interesting triva as my girl explores Innsbrook, Austria. An Austrian architect named Victor Gruen left Vienna for the US in 1938 with $8 in his pocket. He carried memories of the coffee shops so common in his beloved Austria. With these fond memories, he set about designing a place where people could sit in pleasant surroundings and have plenty of room to stroll and relax and do some shopping. He further thought the "center" should have a larger "anchor" business at each end. With his invention, he could be called the inventor of the indoor shopping center.

We finally got an email from the daughter. She's been having a great time, and especially enjoyed her few days in Switzerland, where her room overlooked the mountains. She is missing home nearly as much as we're missing her. She returns in a few days, and I can't wait.

Had a crying jag at work today. I don't know if it was the stress of low sales, or a little emotional meltdown from missing my daughter. But I'm a mess at any rate.

I can use some mindless knitting this weekend. I'm going to sign up for the bus trip that the Studio is sponsoring to Stitches. I can't believe my daughter's trip to Europe is almost over, and my trip to Chicago is just over a month away. Time goes so quickly. Summer marches on, the heat and humidity intensify. This is my least favorite time of year. But I have my air conditioning and my knitting to take the summer heat off. Thank goodness.

1 comment:

Laura said...

With both Fry and Hubs gone, I shudder to think of what the phone bills are going to be next month. Ah well, it's better to call than drive, especially in your case. :D The Atlantic wreaks havoc with a car's engine.