in lieu of going to colorado, my parents invited me to go with them to central pennsylvania. we stopped by at aunt nina & uncle tom’s, played with their tuxedo cats and ate pastel candies. then we drove to the resort, where i enjoyed sulphur baths, vichy showers, and a lovely spa, hiking, reading hillary’s autobiography, and drinking tea. dad and i went on several hikes, leaving me winded (mental note: get in shape). mom and i drank white wine and ate desserts; bourbon bananas, lavender cakes and rhubarb tarts. life is looking up and i am quite fortunate.