Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Salon: Vacation lazies

 Good morning, I mean afternoon!  I'm moving really slow today, as my last few days of vacation roll out in front of me.  We return to hot Florida on Tuesday, where I can look forward to a variety of enjoyable tasks.  In the 95 degree heat and 95% humidity.

The week has been very laid-back, in comparison to our normal pace.  I don't think I've been up before 7:30 or 8:00am, which is not normally how I roll.  But I have walked every morning, and the weather here has been GORGEOUS.  Usually when we are here, they have record-breaking heat so we are loving this.
We have watched a couple of movies this week.  "Lone Survivor", which I really enjoyed, and "The Monuments Men", which I did not.  That was a huge waste of premise and talent.  Also watched the first installment of "The Strain" on FX which was pretty cool.

My daughter, husband and I took a very in-depth tour of Purdue University, one of her potentials.  (It is only about 20 minutes from my parents' house in West Lafayette.) We took a general tour, and had meetings with the departments of Engineering, Chemistry and Pharmacy.  Pharmacy seems to be what interests her the most, and this is only the beginning of the search process.  It is pretty exciting.

My daughter and I "helped" my mom go to the animal shelter here in town and find a kitty to adopt.  My parents have outside cats, but they are (sort of) willing to try an indoor one, assuming it doesn't have any fatal flaws like peeing all over everything.  We chose Mimi, a 3 year old who is a little...curvy.  But very sweet and calm.  My daughter and I love her, and hope it works out.

Mimi, airing out her belly

I had my 30 year high school reunion last night (OMG I am old) and had a good time.  It was a small group, and most of them I've stayed in touch with and have seen over the last year or two.  We were all cracking ourselves up over our conversations (the pros and cons of menopause, aching bones, and who were the hot grandmas, LOL), and all felt we were still 25 in our hearts.

Reading has been slow.  I always have such expectations when I go on vacation, but realistically when I am here, I am busy doing other things.  On my walks, I usually have a kid with me, so very little audio progress.  I started "Sinful Folk" for TLC, a historic murder mystery type of thing set in the 1300's, and is great so far.  I will definitely breeze through this once I'm home.  I'm itching to start "The Silkworm"!

In print, I finished "The Three" by Sarah Lotz for my book club.  It was pretty creepy in the best way, and clever.  What I liked was that the whole plot didn't fizzle like many apocalyptic stories do, and Lotz leaves some things unexplained and open for interpretation.  I really look forward to what the other book club members think.  I am now about 75 pages into "The Strain"...I know, a little late since the series has started, but I'm hoping to get caught up.  Like "The Three", this one starts out with trauma on an airplane also.  Haha!

We are looking forward to visiting the local county fair today to see the animals and ride the suspiciously rickety carnival rides.  That is probably all we will manage to do, at the pace we are keeping.  I will leave you all with a picture I took one morning (before going back to sleep) out the back door overlooking the pond.   


bermudaonion said...

It's about time you head back to Florida! lol

Lucky Mimi! I have a feeling she'll be a great cat.

Carl's 40th high school reunion is this summer! I'm married to an old man. (My 40th is next year, but don't tell anyone.)

Unknown said...

I think your,vacation sounds wonderful!! I hate FL. Mimi looks like she's having a blast.
College tours...about that time. Ours will be at FL univ. So closer.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation, especially the morning walks. I was curious about The Strain, but we missed it. Oh well, we probably watch too many series anyway.

Heidenkind said...

I agree about Monuments Men. I was super disappointed.

Beth F said...

I'm past my 40th! I went to the 5th and the 30th, that was it.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

My 40th reunion was last week but I couldn't make it. Maybe the next. Sounds like you've had a lovely vacation! Hope Mimi loves her new home.

Ti said...

Mimi, is totally working it in that shot.

Pharmacy, huh? I could see all kinds of usefulness to that line of work.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I hope you are enjoying the last days of your vacation! And what a sweet cat -- I'm sure she will fit right in.

Anonymous said...

What an adorable curvy cat :)
Do you think your daughter is ready for midwest winters? ;)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

A 30 year reunion, a new cat for your parents and a tour if Purdue!!! You've had a pretty fantastic Indy adventure.