|My favorite picture of Laura & Lola|
|Lola loved to jump and play catch|
I had been wrapping up a job and made the following Monday my last day and after an appointment Laura had Tuesday morning we ran away from our too quiet and still house. The first vacation we'd taken together shortly after we met in Chicago was to Ogunquit, Maine and that's where we headed (it's just a bit over a three hour drive from where we now live in Connecticut). We intended to get away for a day or two and ended up staying for six. The time along the brooding Maine coast was just what we needed. As Isak Dinesen said, "The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears, or the sea."
|The Nubble Light House in York, Maine|
But it was weird that we were able to be so spontaneous, both in leaving so suddenly and staying away for as long as we wanted. Leaving town for us has always involved scheduling pet sitters. When we first met we had two cats apiece. I joked that we were the lesbian version of the Brady Bunch. Blending our four cats was a challenge, especially without the help of an Alice, and then Lola unexpectedly came into our life (we found her in the alley). She was the reason we bought our first house, because four cats and a dog in a one bedroom apartment wasn't working out very well.
|Lola was a fierce protector but also a serious snuggle bunny.|
Ann Patchett's Bel Canto (2001) is the book I threw into my bag on the way out the door. It's a novel I've wanted to read for a long time, but never got around to. I wasn't sure if I'd be in the mood to read on our getaway, but I never go anywhere without a book. Plus, later this week I'm seeing the opera that's based on the novel, so it was at the top of my TBR pile.
I started reading the book on January 1st and quickly fell in love with Patchett's writing. It's the first novel of hers that I'm reading and although I haven't finished it, I think its safe to say I'm developing a full-blown author crush. I'm sure I'll write more about the novel after I finish it, but for now I'll just say it is a beautiful, life-affirming story, and just the book I needed to be reading. I'm logging off now to go finish it.
p.s. If you missed my post on the adorable Ogunquit Memorial Library click here to check it out.