And now, without further ado: my vacation. Well, not entirely without further ado -- this is a knitting blog, after all, and I need to show you the awful case of Second Sock Syndrome that has befallen me. One toe up, one top down, two completely different socks. And I almost cast on a third, not in any way related to either one of the socks below!
Ahem. Anyhow, we went down to Florida to visit my mother-in-law. We did some family stuff on Saturday and Sunday, but on Monday, Mr. Batty, my sister-in-law and I went to visit Homosassa Springs. I love manatees as much as I love bats, they are so big and cuddly-looking! The state park has several manatees living in it, and we visit them every time we're in Florida.
They are so cute. They have the most adorable faces, and all they do is float around and eat...
I wish people would stop tooling down the rivers in their awesome motorboats. These poor critters just want to hang out and enjoy life, and then some idiot with an enormous sense of entitlement runs them over with his spiffy boat. It's a horrible, horrible thing. Some people want to take the manatee off the endangered species list, but there are only so few of them left, and they are so wonderful. I think the world would be a less beautiful place without them.
On a less depressing note: there were flamingoes. Pink and tacky-looking, and more than slightly embarrassing. Standing around all pink with one leg in the air... they crack me up.
There were lots of other animals, and we had a great time walking around outside. Then, we picked up my mother-in-law, and we all headed out to this wonderful local ice cream place. Below, you see one of the reason for my impressive weight gain, given that we were there for only a week.
Chocolate face. Yum, chocolate.