Happy Friday everyone. I went to the grocery store today and got Gen a HUGE chewie thing, which you can see her enjoying in this picture. Had to snap a shot, since she looked so funny with her butt up in the air and her face down on the ground. She loved it. Hope we don’t pay for it later. She has a very sensitive tummy.
Tomorrow I’m going with Maya’s scout troop to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a place I’ll take over Disneyland any day of the week. The rides aren’t as good maybe, but it’s not NEARLY as crowded, it’s tons cheaper, it’s right there on the beach, and you don’t get that feeling of being surrounded by people in weird costumes. I don’t know. The whole vibe is just so much more relaxed, not so desperate to be having fun against all odds, which is what I feel with Disneyland. Anyway, I love Santa Cruz, and I have many happy memories of my childhood and teen years there, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
We had a lovely Mother’s Day. On Saturday, I went to see my Grandma and my Great Aunt in Stockton. They’re sisters, 16 months apart, and they’re both widowed. They live together and have a pretty good time of it. I’ve learned over the years that when I go to visit, I should just take them wherever they want to go for lunch. A couple of times, I took them somewhere that I remembered as being nice, and it never worked out very well. Now, if they want Quiznos, we go to Quiznos. This time, what they wanted was Marie Callender’s fresh strawberry pie, with whipped cream AND ice cream, and a cup of coffee. So that’s where we went. They are smart enough to know that if they eat lunch first, they’ll be too full for pie, so they skipped the sandwich and went straight for pie for lunch. It’s good to know where I learned my sense of priorities.
On Sunday, Ted and Maya made me waffles for breakfast (YUM!), and then later we went to see Babies. Remembering the wisdom of my elders, I skipped lunch and dined on popcorn. We enjoyed the movie, and had a lovely, relaxing day.
Then on Wednesday, I took half a day off from work and went to the movies with Ted’s mom. That was a lovely way to break up the week. We went to see Please Give, which is a little independent film, and looks it. What I mean is, it’s got some great acting, and the story is somewhat interesting, but I wasn’t completely sure how they got from the beginning to the end, and I didn’t really LIKE most of the characters. They were too neurotic or just assholes. But it was fun, I ate more popcorn, and I did genuinely enjoy the movie.
I thought about writing about that kid who did an amazing cover of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi for a school performance, and though I’m totally impressed by his talent, I decided I don’t care enough about it to write any more than that. Good for him. Yawn.
I just got an email from the principal at my daughter’s school, telling us that some teachers and students smelled natural gas today, and were evacuated, and experts were brought in but couldn’t find anything. He said to call him if I had any questions. I’ll admit, I’m tempted to call him in an annoying/hysterical voice and yell, “IS MY DAUGHTER SAFE??? HOW CAN YOU BE SURE MY DAUGHTER IS SAFE?? OH MY GOD, WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN????” But then I decided he might not find that as amusing as I do, so I’ll just tell you all about it instead.
What else….anything remotely interesting? Looks like we’re getting some new neighbors soon. The woman who died and I briefly inherited her bike (turned out her brother wanted it for his wife, so I gave it back) lived right next door in our condo complex, and a new family is moving in. I met the dad today, and he said that he has a wife and a 2 year old son, so that will be fun. This is an AWESOME complex to live in if you happen to be 2. We have 4 other kids that are turning 2 this summer, though one of them is moving away, the only girl. I wish it had been like this when Maya was 2. There aren’t any other girls her age, and she’s not playing with boys right now (which is mostly ok, if you know what I mean). There is a lot of babysitting potential, though, so it’s probably good for her that there’s another pre-schooler moving in.
Sorry, I think that’s all I have today. Have a great weekend!