It was another week filled with activity for us in Indiana. First, may I say that I really did not wish to bring Florida's horrific heat and humidity with me, but it appears I did. I have this great app on my iPhone called Weatherbug, where I can get temps, forecasts, radar map, etc. of anywhere in the country. I have been obsessively flipping back and forth between Indiana and Florida, and nine times out of ten, it is hotter and more humid in my current location. This is just WRONG!
So we were off and running in this heat. We took the kids to see Despicable Me, which was a good indoor activity. Totally a cute movie. We picked about 15 pounds of blueberries at a blueberry farm (we probably would have picked more had I not started to whine about melting into a puddle). Then we took off to the south end of the state to visit Holiday World for a few days. I really need to do a separate post on this place. It is a combination amusement park and water park, located in a itty bitty town called Santa Claus - the entire place is decorated for Christmas year-round. We rode roller coasters, water rides, and enjoyed the park's unique feature of free drinks (lemonade, sodas, tea, water), free parking and free sunscreen (Disney needs to take notes). I do believe Wednesday was the hottest day of the year (97 degrees) and probably the busiest day of the year at the park, but suffice it to say that we slept well that night.
On our way back home Thursday, we took a detour so my parents and kids could see the gorgeous West Baden Springs Resort in French Lick, which my husband and I visited last fall. I want to go back! I also desperately want to read the book "So Cold the River" by Michael Koryta, which takes place at the resort.
On Friday, I reunited with my friends from high school (the ones I cruised with last fall). We stayed in a hotel in Lafayette and had intended to participate in a festival called "Dancing in the Streets", but God gave us a torrential tornado-looking storm. So we stayed in our room and made our own festival. Little bonus? The hotel is right next to a Borders. I had to make "So Cold the River" my own.
So what about the reading? Unfortunately, the audios have been neglected. In the four hour drive down to Holiday World and the four hour drive back, the kids chose to watch movies, so no Lord of the Rings. I wasn't walking my country roads, so no listening to the battle of the virals. But I did finish "The Nobodies Album", which really touched me. Wow, how to review that one? I'll have to wait for an inspired moment. Then I started "One Day" by Dave Nicholls, which is all over the place these days. Call it a British version of When Harry Met Sally (one of my favorite movies), but it is totally enchanting, clever and so much fun. I'm about 25% of the way through, and if the book continues on this same path, it could possibly be a favorite of 2010.
So are you tired listening to me yet? I am. Prepare yourself for more action and adventure next week...now I think I need to go take a nap.