I mentioned that while we were in Lansing, bunny_hugger brought me and my mother to Fabiano's, a chocolate shop. My parents have really really really really really loved every bit of chocolate bunny_hugger has brought them. My mother went really overboard buying chocolates from them, given the chance.
We went up and down the store several times and my mother kept picking up an extra little thing --- a chocolate basket full of chocolate eggs here, a bag of midges there, and so on and so forth. I'm pretty sure she got more than fifty dollars' worth of chocolates and candies overall. The basket alone was twenty dollars, after all. She even picked up a shopping basket to avoid deciding what to include and what not to include.
On Sunday that had given us a minor problem about what to do with all this chocolate when we were going around in the afternoon with the abnormally warm sun beating down on the car. We'd left it in the backseat during lunch and realized afterward that might lead to catastrophic melting. We tried in the trunk after that, although that didn't necessarily promise to be any better. I'm still not sure how my mother smooshed them down to fit in her bags, since we did go just with carry-on luggage.
Back home, my father was annoyed by the presence of all this because he's been on a low-sugar, no-fat, no-salt diet since his heart surgery --- understandably, of course --- and he's gotten religious about it. So he begged me to remove the temptation of this bag of chocolates, and I've got it in my room hidden under a pillow not being used for bed purposes. Although this lead to my mother asking where they'd all gone because she'd been looking around for days and couldn't figure where they'd gone.
Meanwhile my mother also bought some Easter chocolates. My father hid those under dish towels on the dining room table, although he does come over and grab a handful out from under the towels.
Trivia: British demand for chocolate rose from just over 1,000 tons per year in 1850 to nearly 5,000 tons by 1880. Source: Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between The World's Greatest Chocolate Makers, Deborah Cadbury.
Currently Reading: Albion: The Origins Of The English Imagination, Peter Ackroyd.
PS: How Do You Make A Trapezoid Right? ... more kinds of trapezoids that aren't the ones we considered before.