Go on vacation, get sick (or injured–that works equally well). I feel like I’ve been sick forever. Yep, I came home from Buffalo with a nice ripe cold. Ah, well. It was worth it. I truly enjoyed getting to spend some time away from home with Joe and his family.
The party for Joe’s mom started at 1; our plane landed around 3:45. The Buffalo airport isn’t very large, so you wouldn’t think it would take a long time to get your luggage. But it did. I think we finally got to the party around 4:45 or 5. Joe’s mother saw me, and looked right at me, but since she wasn’t expecting to see me, I guess it just didn’t register that I was there. But when she saw Joe, then it clicked for her. Plenty of people had already left by the time we got there, but we got to visit with family that I, at least, haven’t seen in a very long time.
It’s sad seeing the ravages of age on some of the people I love the most–Uncle E. is pretty deaf and has Alzheimers; he kept complaining to me that he wanted to go home but Auntie E. wouldn’t leave. I danced a few steps with him, and Auntie E. finally got tired enough of his complaining that she took him home. I’ve always felt a great love for them both. They too were unable to have children, and they’ve always been so kind and loving to me and Joe.
And then there were all the little ones. I’ve got a shocking number of grandnieces and grandnephews. One of my little grandnieces, A., spent most of the evening with me. She’s around 2 or so (I’m not sure of her exact age), and is the sweetest, most adorable, soft-spoken little thing you can imagine. After the party was over and all the clean-up was done, the family went to Joe’s mom’s house to visit some more. A. kept showing me different things around the house, and she was most excited to see the left-over birthday cake. Alas! her father told her she couldn’t have any that night. She wasn’t willing to accept that response, and kept taking me over to show me the birthday cake. I’d say, “you can have some tomorrow,” and she’d echo, “tomorrow.” But when it was time to go home, wow! What a change. She literally threw her tiny self onto the kitchen floor, kicked, pounded and shrieked in this high-pitched wail. As temper tantrums go, I’d give it a 10. It was very much past her bedtime, and she had been yawning and rubbing her eyes for at least half an hour. So she was one tired little chiquita.
As I mentioned before leaving, I’d been hoping that we’d have time for a quick trek to Niagara Falls. But there was no time. Here are some of the things Joe and I did do:
We went to enjoy the sunset over Lake Erie on Sunday night. It was some kind of cold, though, and we only walked about a block or so before turning around and heading back to the car. None of the photos I tried to take came out, but the preceding photo gives you an idea of what we were looking at. Just visualize a mostly dark sky with lovely pinky-orange hues toward the horizon. Beautiful. And did I mention cold?
I think it’s a law that when you visit Buffalo, you have to go to Mighty Taco. So we did. Sunday for lunch and Monday night for dinner. Mmmmm. Mighty Taco. And they even had vegetarian tacos and burritos, so I enjoyed that along with a loganberry drink. Tasty!!! Mighty Taco is the best Mexican fast-food around.
After we had our first Mighty Taco feast, Joe took me for a drive down toward Orchard Park. I think he was hoping to buy some Bills tickets. But it wasn’t to be: as we got there, people were standing outside in the frigid weather holding up signs that stated they needed tickets. At the corner of the main road where one turns off to go to Ralph Wilson Stadium, there were all kinds of stands set up where people were selling Bills memorabilia. There was also a stand with some lovely Girl Scouts who were selling off the last of the Girl Scout cookies. Two young ladies were wearing cookie costumes and dancing. Of course we stopped! I took their photos and we bought 4 boxes of cookies. I brought the thin mints home with me to share with my friends at work.
This, of course, is Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills got SCHMEARED on Sunday night. Yowza!
I did take plenty of photos; however, Joe decided to stay an extra week and kept the camera with him. So I can’t put up any of my own pictures until he returns. But then you’ll get to see the dancing Girl Scouts and Joe enjoying a loganberry drink at Mighty Taco, among other things.
I took three books on vacation with me, and had them all read before my return flight home. So Joe took me to Borders and got me two more books to read on the way home. But it wasn’t enough. I ran out of reading material before I ran out of flight time. So the last 40 minutes was really boring. I need to remember to take my e-book reader with me next time. I can fit many, many books in the space of one trade paperback. That way I won’t have to worry about running out.
And I’ve finished all my library books, so I’ll be dashing out to the library during lunch time. Here’s a list of what I’ve read over the last week:
- Simply Green Giving – Danny Seo. A good one, with ideas for gift wrapping, gift tags, and gifts, using materials that one might not think of using, and would probably normally throw away.
- The World Must Know: the History of the Holocaust as Told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Michael Berenbaum. This one had me sobbing out loud in my living room. It’s definitely not a light read. But it’s well worth reading.
- Go Figure – Jo Edwards.
- The Book of Time – Gillaume Prevost
- Harmless – Dana Reinhardt
- A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life – Dana Reinhardt. This is a fantastic YA novel about an atheist teenager who gets put in touch with her birth mother, who comes from an Orthodix Jewish background.
- Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable – Mark Dunn. This hilarious novel shows what happens to a society who begins forbidding the use of specific letters as they fall off of a statue dedicated to the society’s founder, the man who came up with the sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.”
- The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls – Elsa Primavera
- Lessons from a Dead Girl – Johanna Knowles
- An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
- Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth – Caroline B. Cooney
- Evil Genius – Catherine Jinks. I didn’t so much care for this one, but can’t put my finger on the reasons why.
- The Quillan Games – D.J. MacHale
- The Pilgrims of Rayne – D.J. MacHale
- The Daring Book for Girls – Andrea J. Buchanan, Miriam Peskowitz
- The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles – Colleen Gleason
- Sunshine – Robin McKinley
Dang. That’s a lot of books. I had also checked out Baltimore: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, but I couldn’t get into it. And I figure life’s too short to waste my time trying to read a book I don’t enjoy.