Some of you have asked for updates on my research. How do I type a crying face emoticon?? Just kidding. But an update on my research would involve too much complaining about being behind, not finding materials, getting the run around, having a seriously worrisome pain in my leg that might be a pinched nerve (are numb toes a bad sign?) and wanting to be a tourist instead of a researcher. Right now, I’m too intrigued by the idea of flinging my research out the window and becoming a poet who lives in a Winnebago to talk about my research.
Can you tell I needed a chill out day recently? I want to chat about that instead.
We’ve been trying to fit in sightseeing and shopping when we can, but I needed something more chill, so we hopped on the train and headed to Aquincum, a Roman ruin. Because tourist season has dwindled, it was just us and the trees (I’ve missed trees). Oh, and this cat.
I sat down for a moment to put my camera away and he hopped on my lap and flung himself down on my purse where he began to purr and, to my Mom’s utter disgust, drool on my pants. Is it weird this stray cat was hugely comforting?? He smelled clean enough for snuggles, and totally cracked me up!
My Mom insists the better part of the day was this:
Although she sure did seem to spend a lot of time trying to snap photos of me.
In addition to a bunch o’ photos of my derriere (even with a limp, I move faster), there is a whole “where’s Waldo” type series of me trying to dart out of her field of vision:
Life with paparazzi must be unnerving. No wonder celebrities go batty. Despite the photo dodging, my Mom managed to snap a few of me and I looked happy and relaxed! Hopefully this sunny, leafy, super chill day was enough to recharge my battery and help remind me I’m in beautiful Budapest and should enjoy more, stress less.