Yes, I’ve always believed that you should never say never because about the moment you do you’re going to find out that never happens and before you know it you’re eating crow. Today I picked up our new MacBook Pro. We had our last laptop fail and had to do something before we headed abroad once again. We had some money set aside and thought we’d bite the bullet and go ahead and try a Mac. I guess we’ll see where this thing goes. I’m familiar with things to a degree because of my i-Touch so it’s not totally new territory…we shall see how this goes! Now we move on to the Chicago series and still ahead will be the return to Japan!
The day we left Chicago there had been a nasty freezing rain that coated our little trailer. I still am fascinated by this phenomenon because we don’t get that all that often here in Montana. We decided that on our way home we would stop and see the Mall of America. . We had a very nice lunch and as usual I thought I’d go somewhere that Lovely and I would have gone to together. The food was really excellent! The food wasn’t as good as what we ate in Japan but still I was pleased with it. Not everyone is fond of Asian food but there was a wide variety so the only challenge was to decide what we wanted to settle for! Since Lovely and the kids weren’t with me I didn’t visit the same places as I would with them and rather looked for photo opportunities such as this one from a bead store. If I was still into making my own necklaces I suppose I would have been in seventh heaven! This place had everything from soup to nuts! One of our friends is known for his sense of humor…weird as it is…he kept us quite entertained as he willingly tried on various things in the stores we were walking through. I still smile at that picture! One section of the mall opened up to a brightly lit area where the roof looked like a giant spider web! Here’s a closer shot. Oh how I wish Gabby could have seen this place! Walking through the amusement park section of the mall brought me to a site that I think under other circumstances would have made me smile but I missed my family so much it made me really sad. What a lonely sight. Sponge Bob seemed happy none the less. I couldn’t help but wish that the kids could come back here with me some day. The size of the mall really is daunting but there’s maps everywhere. I think it would have been better to have a couple days to see the sites but for now we were just seeing a slice of it all before heading back to the long road home . The tables in the cinnamon bun factory made me think of a hypnotist mind trick. Coming up on this fountain I thought I’d make a wish that someday I’d be here with Lovely and the children. Someday we may drive this route again…I turned away from the fountainwalked out the doorsand shut the door on this adventure.