so it's been awhile. from my stats i know that i get a few dozen page views a day but i don't blame anyone if you've foresaken me. i've foresaken other blogs for much less. heh.
it's been a couple of months of change around here. august 1, i went to a part-time work schedule. i work 3 days a week and i have 4 days off. OMG I LOVE THIS SCHEDULE!!!!
the plan of course was to use the additional 2 "work days" to actually do work of some sort. figuring what i want to do next, applying for jobs, going to the gym. sometimes that works out, sometimes like today, not so much. this morning, i slept until 8:30 (late for me), i knit while watching Broadchurch on BBC America, and now i'm blogging. now if only i could incorporate all of those activities into a paying gig. heh. i know some people do.
at the beginning of september J and i headed to France for 2 weeks to visit my dear old dad. so i know what you are thinking, ooh france what a nice vacation. and yes it's nice that i get to go to france every year to visit family instead of going to florida in august, but it's still a family visit. and my 82 father still calls the shots.
but one of the shots he called was suggesting we go to the Pyrenees mountains. the Pyrenees are a mountain range that separate spain from france. my dad wanted to show J another part of france. he had been to paris many times now, and knew my dad's hometown by the ocean like the back of his hand (better than me even!) but he had never seen the mountains.
this area is called the Col du Tourmalet which is famous for being one of the most difficult stages in the Tour de France and an item on the bucket lists of serious amateur cyclists. and also a place where cows and sheep hangout in the summer.
my mother grew up maybe 50 miles east of here but with her no longer being with us and the fact there's no other family in her village anymore we didn't go back, but the drive up reminded me just the same of the drives from my childhood (the smells!) it was a good trip.