Gracious! It's been awhile, hasn't it? Would you believe that I've been faithfully blogging every day, only to have my computer eat my posts?
I didn't think so.
Okay, so I took a small break from . . . well, . . . everything. Much needed and greatly enjoyed.
Todd and I spent the weekend before the 4th in Cincinnati, relaxing and having a great time. We stayed at our greatest new discovery, The Gaslight Bed and Breakfast. This was absolutely the best B&B I've stayed in. It's in a cute, funky neighborhood full of Indian restaurants, and the owners are a nice couple with a bunch of dogs who make a killer breakfast. By a stroke of luck, we had an entire floor to ourselves, including our bedroom, bath, kitchen, living room, and this terrific porch:
Perfect for drinking cold beer and reading a good book.
What good book would that be, you ask? Well, my book of choice for a holiday weekend was the latest Charles de Lint, Widdershins. If you've never read any Charles de Lint, then by all means, get thee to a bookstore and get started. He's just beautiful and magical, with characters you'll wish you could be friends with in real life. Seriously.
We also decided to satisfy some curiosity and rent recumbent bikes and head out to the Loveland Bike Trail. Before you read any farther, I must warn you, this is a terrible picture that I am highly ashamed of, but I believe cold hard proof is needed if you are to believe that I rode 28 miles ON A BIKE:
One of my favorite parts of the bike trail is seeing all the lovely spots where my dear husband used to play as a child:
Why, yes! That IS an abandoned mill! Just the place you would want your own children to play, isn't it? I'm sure it looked much safer back then.
After all this fun, we came back home where I proceeded to spend two days lazing in front of the TV, finishing up Widdershins. On the actual 4th, this handsome fellow graced us with his presence for dinner:
He was quite the charming guest, providing dinner music and even letting his parents come along.
I have to say, it's been quite the rude awakening, coming back to regular life. Luckily, vacation is just around the corner!