On the 14th we flew to Michigan to spend a few days with Dad and for Dan to attend and present some new research at the Omohundro conference at the University of Michigan. (GO BLUE)
On our first day there Dad and Dan went out to Seva for lunch while I met up with my friend Jenn for lunch downtown. Before lunch I stopped by Sonic Lunch where I hung out briefly with Becky and Hannah.
|Hannah, May, and Beck at Sonic Lunch downtown|
|My Pedicab Driver|
Later that evening Dan went to a dinner party at his old advisor's house while Dad, Becky, and I went out for dinner at Cafe Zola downtown to celebrate Father's Day early and take advantage of the Restaurant Week menu. We had a delicious meal and then we went to the Beer Grotto where an old tennis buddy was playing with her band. We enjoyed the music and sitting outside.
|Mary and Beck at the Beer Grotto|
The beautiful music reminded me of Kevin and Aline's nuptials in Puerto Vallarta in March of 2015 when the mariachi came marching into the hacienda after the bride and groom were wed!
At 10pm (when it was finally dark) the outdoor movie,"Ghostbusters", came on and we headed home, but not before running into the Stay Puft Marshmallow man (who remembers him?) and the Ghostbusters!
|Mary and the Stay Puft Marshmallow man and the Ghostbusters|
|Ruth, Dadoo, and Mary at the HVSC entrance|
The pool was deserted and the water was great. In case anyone is curious about who won at water basketball . . . let's just say that it wasn't Kevin McG. :)
|High dive and low dives|
Later that day I strolled through campus and the diag.
I also peeked in the William L. Clements Library which is a rare books library that recently underwent a 2.5 year $17 million renovation and expansion, so I was interested to see the changes.
|Stone carving on the outside of the Library|
The main reading room has remained the same with the added improvement of reading space for scholars. During my time at U of M (and Professor Dan's) scholars were directed to the basement to do their research and reading. Now they can read the rare books and manuscripts in the light of day in the stunning Great Room.
|The Great Room at the Clements. Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography|
That evening Dad and I joined Dan and his conference for a reception in the League. We enjoyed talking with Dan's colleagues and the selection of refreshments and nibbles! After the reception we invited some of Dan's colleagues to join us at Dominicks! Becky and Carolyn also joined us. Carolyn remembered fondly the time she went to Dominicks with our Michigan buddies before her first date with Andy (her now husband).
|Mary and Carolyn in Dominick's back garden|
Annie had a wonderful stay with her friends at the Heavenly Pet Resort while we were gone, but she was happy to see us and is enjoying kicking off the summer fun!
|Annie always takes time to stop and smell the roses|