26 February 2008

Home - but not at rest.

Okay, with one day of semi-normalcy under my belt, I am ready to write again.

The trip was, overall, a success. It certainly did what it was intended to do, which was to allow me to get a feel for some of the schools I am considering. This was important because, having lived in the Northeast my entire life, I have the unfortunate tendency (as do many Northeasterners) to believe that the United States of America drops off somewhere around Ohio and picks up again in California. What's in the middle? Um, nothing, so far as I know. (This is not an intentional slight against the lovely states of the Midwest, more of a lack of conscious thought about them at all.)

But now I know better, I know that there are interstates and strip malls and lots and lots of farmland. Also, there are Ohio University and the University of Missouri. I'm told the University of Nebraska also exists, but we didn't make it quite that far so I can't personally vouch for it.

We did get to do many fun and exciting things, like meet two of my favorite bloggers and go to the Pro-Football Hall of Fame (man, is that place a trip), the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland (which was amazing), the Terre Haute Children's Museum (one room with a bunch of dirty toys), and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis (amazing: floors and floors of great stuff) (I would have called you Casey, but it was last minute on the way back through, and I didn't have your number), and of course, the reason for the trip: Ohio University and the University of Missouri.

Poor Fionn caught the plague on our third day and spent a good 24 hours feeling totally awful, but he insisted we go on, pointing out that he'd have to spend time in the car either way. He was a great companion, Matilda loved having him along. I think being around him and his art inspires her.

Now that I'm home I find myself facing one of the biggest decisions of my life. Lucky for me, I don't have to face it alone, but unlucky for me, the family does tend to make the decision a bit more complicated.

There are so many things to consider, and some of the things that I thought would have the biggest impact on my decision are turning out not to matter so much after all. I'm still organizing my thoughts on this, and will post about it soon, but for now, here's a high quality photograph of the three of us at the Football Hall of Fame. I was really bad about taking pictures on the trip, so this is actually the only photo of the three of us, which really makes it that much better, if you ask me.


Cathy said...

Love the photo!

I'm confident you'll figure out where you're supposed to be.

Annika said...

I'm not sure how to tell you this, but... someone seems to have kidnapped Fionn and replaced him with a handsome young man. WHAT THE HELL.

Stepherz said...

Love the pictures! My son likes the Patriots tons. I'm hoping they will be signing him here in the next decade or so. He knows the first thing he'll have to buy me when he's the star quarterback is a newly painted Firebird. Dreamin' big over here, I reckon'.

Jerseygirl89 said...

I lived in the Mid-West for nine years, after growing up in Jersey, college in Boston and some time in the northwest. I think you'll find it much cooler than you expect. And since I lived in Missouri (KC), I vote for the University of Missouri. Just in case you needed someone else weighing in.

Queen of Shake-Shake said...

I'm amazed there is anything beyond the city-state in which I live.

andi said...

You'll figure it out - but I'm glad I'm not the one having to make that decision. I can barely decide what to have for breakfast in the morning. :)

moosh in indy. said...

I told you it was worth it. I'm glad you made it.