Well, it's hot. Just too hot for me, and it's not even the hottest part of the year yet (hello August) and it's not even the hottest part of the country. But I'm ready for fall. I'm always ready for fall. Despite the heat, summer has been marching along nicely and it's going to be a real shock to have to eat indoors again at some point. We've eaten every single dinner outside since June. That might be ending soon though, because we're seeing more wasps. I've thrown together a few snaps of a recent trip to Eastern Washington. And a snap of Japanese Pringles, because I am the Queen of Random. These Pringles were not in Eastern Washington, they were in a candy shop, but I was so impressed by them, I had to take their picture. No idea what flavor they were, or why they were in a candy shop. I did not buy them. I feel intensely regretful.
Julia took her latest summer reading book on the trip - 'Moominsummer Madness'. Oh this is one of the BEST books from the series. I must say, the millionth time, that it would be a crying shame to let these books about little creatures living in the mountains of Finland pass you by. The books follow the moomintrolls as they Have Adventures, of the funniest and silliest kind. Please make me happy and put these books into the hands of your children. AND THEN WE CAN ALL BE HAPPY TOGETHER.
'Lost Lake' by Sarah Addison Allen - she's one of my very great favorites. I've been disappointed with everything I've read so far this summer; I'm really hoping this book bucks the trend. It might look like we also wandered into ancient Greece, but no - we wandered into some winery in Eastern Washington and had fun walking the grounds. I've never seen any Italian villas, but I think they must look like this place.
Twin Peaks, remember that show? (Andrew heard the pie there actually wasn't that great, so we didn't get any, but we did all share a chocolate malt at another eatery, which was the maltiest malt I've ever had) Andrew and I recently re-watched the first season. What a wacky show that was. I wonder if the reboot will 1) actually happen and 2) be any good? We stopped at a fruit stand that was stocked with salt water taffy, which is not friendly-to-braces, but Julia decided that even if she couldn't have any, she still wanted to get some for her best friend.
I have nothing more to say about our trip, because really, it was just too, too hot for me. We did have a lovely time though! Andrew said he never saw me walk faster in my life than he did when we were walking on the streets of eastern Washington, trying to get back to the place where we were staying.
Julia and I still are making our way through the 'Little House on the Prairie' books. And all I can think about is......what did they do in the summer? In the heat? In long dresses? Were they not allowed to wear short sleeves? I have to research this. I simply can't imagine how they survived the heat. Oh, speaking of all that, I have something to show you, but it's for another post! It's a good surprise.