On the travel dreams: for a month I'd do small town Europe vacation rental. Somewhere rural in Provence, southern Italy or Tuscany. I've done a rental in Italy before, and booked but cancelled Provence because of pregnancy. Our kids' savings account is known as "the France account" with plans to return and do at least a week in a small village (St. Martin de Bromes is currently the top contender because of one house there that is both affordable and the kids love the online photos). For ten days I'm less certain....
Geo, I'm interested by less pain when you're focused on speed. Seems very "Born to Run"-ish. Fun, childlike running :)
Plady, hugs. I hope your DD finds her way. I've lived through some very socially awkward times, and totally feel for her. Also, I'm in Ucluelet right now and it's been not raining all day and even got sunny this afternoon! There are rain-free days in the rainforest. To consider for your trip: the Ucluelet aquarium was fantastic, with tons of touch tanks and about a 1:2 staff to visitor ratio while we were there. The staff were all super keen and showed and explained a lot of cool stuff to us. We've spent a lot of time at the Vancouver aquarium over the years, but I think I learned more today than in several visits there. Cathedral grove is amazing, as always, too.
kerc, I hope the rest of your repair is going smoothly!
real, tjsmama, and anyone else fascinated by climate change: you should listen to the This American Life episode called "In our backyards". It's about climate change and the impact on local levels, with a segment on Colorado.
real, maybe if you shove your knitting needles inside your 6' broom they will be allowable....
RR- 5k on the treadmill today. Hats off to everyone that does regular treadmill workouts. If I run there tomorrow I'll have to figure out how to work the tv.
NRR- I'm on the west coast (meaning the west coast of my island- 2 1/2 hours drive from home) for a childhood friend's wedding. Our room is amazing and I want to camp out in the bathroom with amazing tub, shower and heated tile. And the view is pretty spectacular!! The kids are currently enthralled with the big screen tv, and I'm taking advantage of the before sleep tv time to catch up and post.
towson, glad your dad is doing better. Will have to check out This is the End (when it gets to video, that is).