Hey, I'm back from vacation, so semi-regular posting may resume soon. (I still have a business trip coming up, and a generally hectic schedule at work, so I'm not promising regular. I know I still owe you all another health care reform post.)
We had a nice trip, which included visits to both sets of grandparents, my high school reunion, and visits to some friends. The weather was absolutely awful for a while in the middle which led us to a sudden trip to Toys R Us for more board games, but then was nice on either end. Did you know Monopoly now comes with an extra die that speeds things up? It still is a long game, but doesn't take forever the way it used to.
Vacation for me means reading. I read Blood Lure, by Nevada Barr, the Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O'Farrell, and Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. Blood Lure was mindless fun. Esme Lennox was a choice of my sister-in-law's book club, which she passed on to me. It's the intertwining stories of a girl growing up in colonial India and Scotland and her great-niece today. I liked it, although it left me somewhat unsatisfied, with the contemporary story being much weaker than the historical one. Netherland was a disappointment, given the great reviews it's received. It reminded me a bit of Ian McEwan's Saturday, which I found similarly frustrating -- lovely writing, but I didn't give a darn about any of the characters.