Rather than give you a detailed recap, I shall simply list for you some of the brand-new experiences I gained from this weekend:
- Had my feet inspected at the Detroit airport, for reasons which are still mysterious to me. I will say, however, that when the male security officer asked me to sit down and then called for a female security officer to come over, and a grim-faced woman marched toward me snapping on blue latex gloves, I feared my fate would be much worse than a mere businesslike stroke of the metatarsals.
- Read Moribito: The Guardian of the Spirit, which I liked very much.
- Received a marriage proposal from a four-year-old (which would have been more flattering if his mother hadn't told me "he says that to everybody").
- Ate Ben & Jerry's ice cream for the first time (Chocolate Therapy, for the record) with wahlee_98 and the delightful angua9, neither of whom I'd met in person before.
- Heard my book read out loud by someone other than myself (in this case, callyperry's Kindle 2). A surreal experience.
- Drank Nestea Red Tea Pomegranate Passion Fruit, which is a thing of surpassing greatness, and now I am very sad it is not available in Canada.
- Attended a marriage ceremony in a Catholic church -- made further memorable by its being presided over by a Ugandan priest and featuring the most sublime wedding music I've ever heard, but most of all by lydaclunas looking utterly stunning as she exchanged vows with her equally handsome groom.
- Ate Red Velvet Cake (this one with chocolate frosting), a thing of which I had heard but never tried. Yummy! Also, there was a champagne-flavored MST3K cake mocking one of the engagement photos, which was hilarious -- see photo above.
- Watched a couple (in this case, the newlyweds) dance the foxtrot to Queen's "You're My Best Friend".
- Bought a Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latté from Starbucks. I have never been to Starbucks before. Truly. (Verdict on the latté: A bit too sweet and creamy for a proper tea experience, but still good.)
- Read The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party. M.T. Anderson is a genius. Highly Recommended.
And now I am home again!