so as I said last time, papa was heading north with Claire for five days and I'd be here. alone. I had some ideas of what I wanted do to with the incredibly novel and exciting stretch of solo-mama time. some things big, some things small. I am about to head to work and tonight, they'll be home. I have had an amazing time, but oh I cannot wait to hug that little one so, so tight. (papa, too, of course)
day one: sweet (and much easier than I'd anticipated) goodbyes in the driveway after breakfast, and then I headed a few minutes up the road for a 9.6 mile solo hike. I came home to yard/chicken chores, a beer and a hot shower, takeout (vegetable noodle soup and spring rolls), movies (People, Places, Things and two documentaries), and snuggling with Ollie on the couch.
day two: on the couch with breakfast, tea, and a book, pajamas until noon (um, because of aforementioned 9.6 mile hike) work, more takeout (sushi), another movie (Eat, Pray, Love- I liked the book, but didn't really love it, but I love the movie. because Julia Roberts. and Javier Bardem)
I'd have plans for this yarn. plans to start a new cowl for me and a hooded cowl for her. except that it's been 65 degrees and sunny and so cowls aren't so much on my mind. plus, I got chunky yarn for hers and oops! it calls for super-bulky, and I know there's a way around that but I just feel intimidated...... thinking it will be a birthday gift instead of a Christmas one.
Claire will be proud to see that mama mostly kept up with the spiral while she was away:
day three: breakfast, a meeting with a friend to get measured for a couple skirts and alterations, a 5k trail run, housework, gingerbread cookie baking, work-work, and then a sweet little ladies' night (wine, chocolate, snacks, chatting, adult conversation. yes.) here at my place. my cup, friends, is full.
day four: I woke to let the chickens out then went back to sleep for a couple (few?) hours. then out to cut a wee tree for Claire's room (I told her I'd have a surprise for her when she got back) and then a cappuccino and some reading at the coffee shop. puttered around the house until work and then home for quick tacos before going out to see Brooklyn with a friend.
|(watermelon radish snack from the garden)|
day five: massage, sauna, a slow easy walk around the lake and then home for lunch: a full pot of garden greens, just for me. tea, some gift-wrapping...... and off to work I go.
and now they are on their long drive back, and after work tonight I'll come home, get dinner going, and wait. with a big smile and a full cup and arms so ready to hold them both tight.