Hello...I was out sick (metaphorically) for a couple of days, but now I'm back and ready to do some updating.
First, yesterday I went to the Renwick Gallery (at the suggestion of Milbarge) and found it to be really interesting. The Ghost Clock, which is I guess one of their more famous exhibits, is AMAZING. It's a wooden grandfather clock that looks like it's draped with a white sheet. But really, the whole thing is a piece of carved wood and it's painted so the sheet looks incredibly real. I am not doing justice to it at all, but it really was amazing. I went with a friend from school and I think it's safe to say we both thought it was the highlight of the Gallery. Afterwords, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, where I had a truly inspirational pina colada, it was SOOOO wonderful. I don't know if it's because I had just walked about 3 miles in the heat, but it was an emotionally moving moment that I had...it was that good.
Second, last night, after we both took naps and tried to recover from the ghastly heat, we went to Fado. It was a really great bar...plenty of places to sit, not too crowded (at least until it started to get pretty late), all the Harp a girl could drink (about 7 by my count before the whole "passing out" part started), and just a generally good atmosphere. A fun Irish bar.
Third (and I have no idea why I'm labeling these paragraphs...I just kind of feel like it), I am heading to Maryland again to see my friend and her family. Like last weekend, I intend to vegetate on their couch and watch some TV and drink Diet Coke. I offered to babysit for them while I'm here and she said they would pay me and I was like "are you kidding, you have DIGITAL CABLE"...I'm climbing the walls here in the summer apartment due to lack of television, so any respite is more than welcome. Plus, they have snacks.
Fourth, I have been looking for a place to live when I get back to TVPNM and I think I've found some really good ideas, so I'm getting excited to potentially go back and get my own place and get my furniture out of storage (where it's been for over a year now) and set up my little place to call home. I was talking to British Friend the other day about sort of settling in to a new place and not treating it like a vacation, and I realized that I do that a lot. Having moved probably about 20-25 times growing up and in my military career, I think I never feel like I'm really going to be somewhere for more than a year or two. But, the fact of the matter is that I AM going to be in TVPNM for AT LEAST the next two years, and depending on what I do with my "law career" such as it may be, I could be there much longer. I'm not sure where this post was going except to say that I am getting excited about going back and finding a place to live, and having my stuff again, and I have been MORE than shocked this summer about how much I miss TVPNM...I really didn't think I would. Absence making the heart grow fonder and all that, I guess. Or it could just be the heat. It makes you crazy.