For most of today I’ve been extremely tired – I think the travelling and the time lag finally caught up with me last night! Even though I slept for a long time this morning, I was tired again by the early evening, so I’ll probably keep this short in order to get some rest before tomorrow.
This morning I was very sad to be parted from my dear Anne – Science took her off to her lab, and I walked back to the Iannones’ place. She was a sweetheart, though, and let me sleep in for a bit at her place even after she had to leave for work, so I was at least alert for most of the afternoon!
During the afternoon, Tony and I went to the U of M art museum, which was great fun! They have lots of collections that seem unrelated, but were great fun to wander around. One of the most interesting rooms was a big collection of etchings and lithographs by an artist called Whistler – there were some wonderfully detailed pieces of text about his developments and style and his broader work as an artist, so that was very interesting. What I liked the best, though, were the Tiffany windows – they were just beautiful:
A close-up of a few of the bunches of grapes is currently serving as the background on my phone!
After the art museum, we went to a delicatessen called Zingerman’s, which is apparently an Ann Arbor institution. It was absolutely amazing! There were hundreds of different cheeses and cured meats, and I would say at least a dozen types of bread! Tony picked up some amazing sesame bread and we both sampled a few cheeses and salamis before deciding on which ones to get. My particular favourites were a ham that had been cured with rosemary (which was just incredible) and the two cheeses I’d sampled – a manouri, which is soft and creamy sheeps’-milk cheese, and ‘Pleasure Ridge Reserve’, which was made from the milk of one herd of American cows and recently won an award for being amazing. It’s rich and sort of nutty and a little fruity (not with fruit in it, I mean, but with this amazingly complex flavour that has sweet notes in with the savoury). I’m seriously considering checking the US export laws and seeing if it would be legal for me to take a chunk home. Anyway, here’s a shot of some of the cheeses that were on sale:
The evening largely involved hanging out with Sophie and Mary, until Tony and Amy came back from their ‘meet the teachers’ evening at Sophie’s new school. Sophie and I spent a long time looking for part of her newest thing – it’s 216 very small and very powerful magnets, basically a bucky balls toy, which she builds the most amazing shapes with. She dropped a few, though, so we had a long quest to find them all. We got all of them except the last one, which Tony found when he got home.
Anyway, I think it’s about time that I got into bed! Tomorrow I think Tony and I are going to Detroit (despite Sophie’s protests that “Detroit makes you feel you’re dirty whenever you go there!”) to the Henry Ford museum, which sounds like a lot of fun, and then I believe we’re having a family gathering in the evening*, so I should probably get plenty of sleep ahead of that.
(*Note for non-Flanagans: the Iannones, that is, Tony and his brothers and sisters, are my mum’s first cousins: her dad’s sister’s children. There are still quite a few of them around this area, and I think the plan is that I should catch up with most of them over the weekend.)