“And the way I feel tonight…”

***Update: Video added to bottom of post.***

Things are great here in our new town– Ann Arbor, MI.  We don’t have many friends yet, nor do we know of any great hidden gems for dining out (we have found some restaurants we like, but I think everyone knows they are good).  We do have a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s within 2 miles of our home.  So don’t worry; we are eating well.  If you know this area and have a suggestion, we are listening. 

I feel negligent since it has been so long since my last post.  I have been crazy busy with the new job, the move, the baby, and other stuff too.  I have been to six states and three countries (Europe twice) in the last month.   Here are some observations I made while traveling recently:

– Getting stuck behind someone at airport security who does not travel often is torture.  You just know s/he is going to have to go through the metal detector four or five times, be asked to take off his/her shoes and put them on the belt. etc. etc.  On the upside however– I, for the first time in my life, was in line just ahead of the slowest, most confused elderly lady I have ever seen travel.  If I were behind her, my head would have exploded as I watched her do everything wrong; but being in front of her– heck, that was paradise.  I had time to leisurely collect my belongings, put my watch back on, put my shoes on slowly, put my belt on, return my laptop to my bag– it was great.  No one was behind me for ages…poor people behind her.

– Irrespective of state or country, everyone loves to fuss over a fat, rosy-cheeked Nina.

– Europeans are ruder in airports.  I think this comes from the vast array of languages and cultures in the European versus American airports.  No one has time to figure out in what language they should say “excuse me,” or “thank you.”  Europeans just seem a bit terse and less interested in forming orderly lines than we Americans.  Cati and I have received so many glowering glances (for no reason) that we now jokingly call a scowl from a stranger “a Euro-smile.”  Ah well, I guess not everyone can be from a country that is never wrong and is loved the world over.  USA! USA! USA! ;)  Hello?

On a recent trip to FL, Cati and I went to Lowry Park Zoo and spotted the reclusive and often-suckling, Northeastern Titi Monkey.  Don’t believe me?  See for yourself:

Also, I totally forgot to add this video of Cati inadvertently reenacting a scene from her favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie during that same trip to the zoo:

7 Responses to ““And the way I feel tonight…””

  1. Lydia says:

    Oh my gosh! That is the cutest Titi monkey I have ever seen!

  2. Albany Jane says:

    I’m glad your trip went well. And I am cracking up about the euro-smiles, hee hee!

  3. celinabean says:

    Thanks for the laugh. Wow, that’s a lot of traveling. Any tips on airport food gems?

  4. alex|dimitri says:

    Gems? no. Germs? yes. I ate at a buffet /cafeteria-style cafe in the Barcelona airport and it damn near killed me. Let’s just say I was using the toilet and bidet simultaneously for the next 20 hours. Dehydration, sickness, helplessness, and desperation to be well were all part of the ordeal. I had to travel for work the next day. It was my mother-in-law’s idea to eat there…makes you wonder doesn’t it? hmmm?

  5. I think Cati acted out Jen’s worst nightmare in that bird video!

  6. jen a. says:

    cati, that IS my nightmare!! how did you remain so calm!!?? my heart is racing just watching that, hahahha!