I’ve leaving for vaca tomorrow morning.
It’s a bit after nine, and I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. So I think I’ll write a long boring post about my day, m’kay?
Today was my last full day with Elsa before I leave, and boy did we have fun. Up at the regular butt-crack of dawn (6:01 to be precise), we had a mini-breakfast (whole grain cheerios and milk eaten with a regular spoon – a new skill for her, and she still gets more milk on the table than into her mouth) then headed off to the farmer’s market, where we grazed our way though – basically extending the breakfast experience for at least another hour. Elsa ate a plum, half a blueberry muffin, and what had to be a half a pound of samples of peaches, nectarines, and pluots. The girl likes her stone fruit. I had some stone fruit samples too, but held out for my favorite – the dim sum booth. Got myself some crab crispy thingies, some chicken potstickers, and some scallion cakes. (I know that’s weird for breakfast but it is so freaking good.) Also got some yummy sesame balls for later in the day. We scored a big bag of cherries, some oatmeal-peanut butter-choc chip cookies, and a gorgeous focaccia covered in garlic, chard, tomatoes and cheese.
We stopped off at home to throw some stuff in the fridge and grab some supplies, then back in the car (along with the cherries and the focaccia) and we were off to the beach to visit Helga and her family. It was great to see her – I love her dearly and it’s been too long – and her kiddos, along with her brother’s family and her mom. And – ta da! – her new FIANCE! She’s been with him for a while, and they are so great together. I’m thrilled they are getting hitched, and so happy to see her so happy.
Elsa, as usual, was upset at the idea of the ocean, but eventually we coaxed her down onto the sand and she forgot to be scared. We had a great time. She built her first sand castle. Back up to the beach house for a quick shower then lunch for everyone then we headed home. Elsa conked out in the car but (thank goodness) didn’t protest at all when I transferred her into her bed, where she slept for another 2 hours! Woot!
After nap we went to hang out in my friend Erin’s backyard. Very lovely Sunday afternoon-ish time of doing nothing, really, but watching Elsa cruise around and chase the dog (and vice versa), nibble on cheese and olives and guacamole and chips, and grilled corn on the cob (yum!) and chat. Erin and her sig other John are great with Elsa and she really likes them. Of course, I do too.
Then we came home and Elsa “fixed” my hair – this is comprised of her pretending to braid it, and mostly just yanking on it, and occasionally congratulating me on not crying, and then at the end, pronouncing me “so beautiful”. We folded laundry (she chants “corner to corner” whenever folding – so cute) and I let her put away her own things (God knows where I will find them). Then a very tired and yet happy little kiddo went down without a fight and is now sleeping soundly.
I need to do laundry, and pack, and check in for my flight online (which is the whole reason why I picked up my laptop and somehow got distracted by my blog), and organize the schedule for the babysitter and write checks for the cleaning lady and the gardener, and download books to my iPad and God knows what else before I go to sleep.
Tomorrow we will have the regular morning routine, then I’ll have about an hour after Elsa goes to school before I take off for the airport. And by this time tomorrow, I’ll be (I hope) sitting outside enjoying the balmy evening and looking forward to sleeping in for the first time in months…