October was a biggie for travel. Mr. UR and I did an epic, emptynestapalooza road trip of Northern California. We flew into San Francisco and did a circular route of the coast, including Monterey, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Wine Country and an evening in San Francisco with friends. We had a great time and visited some places we've been before and some new places. Lots of driving. And you can bet there will be lots on The Unpaved Road coming up about it soon.
Food was good on the road trip. We made the required stop at In N Out - yum! And we did some wine tasting in Wine Country. Friends had us over for a delicious dinner in the city. And we went to a family birthday party last weekend with shrimp, oysters, brats, calico beans and baked potato salad. So, needless to say, we ate well in October!
I managed to read a few books this month, especially on the plane rides to the West Coast. I really enjoyed 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson. This novel takes place in Lisbon and Porto, Portugal during World War II. It's a book within a book - the beginning of the story takes place currently and goes back in time to solve a mystery. Another book I read is Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray. Exactly as the title suggests, this book is about a young girl whose family runs a cafe in France and she becomes a cook for him at his villa. Also, taking place in the US, this book has a mystery involved. And the last book I read was non-fiction. From Mom to Me Again by Melissa Shultz is one mom's account of dealing with the empty nest - which hits close to home for me. It was interesting to hear her account of dealing with the empty nest - there are some good suggestions, probably none of which I haven't heard before. But it did make me laugh in parts and I felt I could connect with what she was saying.
So, there's October.
How was your month? And how does November look?