I recently attended the International Studies Association's annual conference in Honolulu, Hawai'i--indulging in the fru fru umbrella drink was required of all tourists→


While I was there, I also got to do two of my favorite things: read and sit on the beach.
I also got to do another one of my favorite things-go hiking.  One of my most favorite people made the trek with me to Maona Falls.
I've been on a Hercules Poirot reading kick.  After reading Agatha Christie mysteries, it's pretty hard to find other mysteries that compare.  Dame Agatha is a clever one.
I've also had laryngitis.  No fun.   Needless to say, it put a damper on my ability to teach classes for a few days, being a professional who depends on her voice, that is. What is laryngitis?

The larynx is the organ of voice. When we speak, two membranes in the larynx - the vocal cords - vibrate to make sound. Laryngitis refers to inflammation or irritation of the tissues of the larynx. It is the bane of performers and other professionals who depend on their voice for their art and livelihood.
The Indigo Girls were considerate enough to stop by The Madison in Covington for a concert.  Growing up in rural PA--which meant that going to see any big act meant trekking to Philadelphia or New York City--it was nice to only have to drive 15 minutes to see one of my most favorite rock groups in the world.