Hello!!

August 16, 2013 catching up, college, family, updates 6

I have not quit blogging, or reading, but my time has been insanely absent of of both!!

Last week my family and I moved our daughter Adrienne to the Buffalo NY area to attend University at Buffalo, and continue both her college and softball career.  We traveled the 1188 miles up in 2 cars, packed to the max with her clothes, and much of her “stuff”.  Two days or @ 18 hours driving and we arrived.  Her apartment building is very close to campus and while not new, not old or awful.  We unpacked what we had and got started finding the girl some furniture!  We first found a bed! We went bargain with Target and Home Goods for things like dresser, night stands, desk, futon and chair.  It was amazing how much we did in 3 days!!  We also ate some good food!

We tried some authentic wings, and were left sort of unimpressed.  We had some great frozen custard and I met Jenn for Girls Just Reading blog.  She and her family met us and we had so much fun just chatting.  She was so sweet to Adrienne inviting her for both Canadian and American Thanksgiving!!
We had lunch one day at a local place featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  Grover’s looks like nothing from the outside, but you can smell the grilling meat from the outside and we had the biggest, juiciest burgers you can imagine!!  They only take cash, so be prepared and don’t miss this place if you are in the Buffalo NY area.

We drove by an adorable indie bookstore, Talking Leaves Bookstore, but my family allowed me no time to shop, and kept me on the straight and narrow with my #CTBS promise to buy no books this month.

Adrienne’s new roomie is also a softball player, and she is from the Chicago area.  Great young woman and we enjoyed getting to know her last week.

Last Saturday we headed to Niagara Falls, US side, like all the tourists.  It was crowded, we found many tourists rude and pushy…gee why?  Has the courtesy level in our country and those of our visitors just gone down.  I’d visited the Falls at about age 9, and I felt like I didn’t get quite as close, there was some construction/updates being made.  We did ride the Maid of the Mist boat, and it was amazing…a great view of the falls.  I’m so happy we did it.  That and the drive up thru the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia were such natural beauties….everyone should take a driving vacation from time to time, there are gorgeous sights to be seen here in the US.

I cried hard when we left Adrienne, nearly 1200 miles is a long way from home.  I’ll visit this fall, she’ll be home for Christmas and her winter break.  She is a bright, strong young woman…I know she will be fine.

As for reading, this month I’ve read…but not reviewed:

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
Margot by Jillian Cantor
The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio

I am reading:
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

What I need is time…time alone, time to be quiet, and read.

Nick started school Wednesday, we move Caitie back to Jacksonville Saturday…next week may hold some peace for me.  I really hope:).

6 Responses to “Hello!!”

  1. Sandy Nawrot

    I always tell myself that peace is around the corner but it never comes! I’ve decided that this is my life for a very long time. I can’t even imagine sending my baby girl off to college but will be here in three years. She says she is moving as far away as possible (!?) but we will see. I am reading the Perfume Collector too, just not making much progress as I never have time to just SIT.

  2. bermudaonion

    Oh, I know how you felt! Vance only went to school 8 hours from home but after we dropped him off, got him settled in, and went to our hotel, it felt like we’d just come from a funeral.

  3. Jennifer Hartling

    You have been a busy bee 🙂 Congrats to your daughter on starting college. I don’t blame you for crying mom :*)

    I hope you find some peace and quiet time very soon!

  4. Beth Hoffman

    Though I’ve not had children, I can imagine how emotional it must be when they leave the nest.

    I think this has been a crazy summer for a lot of us, and hopefully things will calm down and you’ll have some quiet time soon!

  5. Pam

    I feel your pain, Anita! We take Madeleine to school on Thursday and I’m afraid I will be a crying mess. Hope you have some quiet time to read and reflect soon. Hugs to you my friend.

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