For the past few summers, I have elected to do “Mommy Days” with each of my kids. With a bigger brood, it can be hard to get one-on-one time with individual children — or at least fun time (I spent much of Monday driving my daughter to Baltimore for an eye specialist appointment, but neither of us were exactly thrilled about that experience). So in the summer, I take a day for each kid and do something that the child requests.
Yesterday was my first Mommy Day for 2019. My daughter (age 7) and I took the train into New York City, where we went to the American Girl store in Rockefeller Center. I enjoyed studying the AG catalog when I was a girl, though I never owned anything from the collection. My daughter has had… a slightly different experience (though I’ve definitely done most accessory shopping in the more attractively priced Target “Our Generation” collection). In any case, we went and shopped and had lunch at the Cafe where her Welly-Wisher doll (the one who accompanied us) was able to sit in a little doll chair at the table. We wound up purchasing a really cool space suit so my daughter’s dolls can participate in space walks (I’d note that unlike NASA’s female offerings, this space suit actually fits the doll…)
Then we headed over to the Vessel, the new installation of many stairs at the end of the High Line in Hudson Yards. We climbed around, took photos, and watched the looming storm clouds come in.
Then it was up to visit Uncle Dan (my little brother) in his office near Hudson Yards. We chatted with him and got to look out the high rise windows at everything from Brooklyn to the Statue of Liberty.
Alas, then it really started raining. I had an umbrella, but it’s hard to cover two people and shopping bags. Right outside Penn Station, our American Girl store bag broke, sending our purchases all over the muddy ground. Fortunately, I had an extra tote bag (to hold my daughter’s train activities) so we were able to stick most things in there. Then we found out that the trains back to PHL were sold out for the next hour. This made me grateful that my daughter is 7, and not 3, as she was able to sit in the waiting room and play Tic-tac-toe on her Kindle quietly.
Eventually we got on the train and came back to Philadelphia, where we met my husband, whose office is right by the train station. He came down to get us, and we went up to visit him. It was a nice ending to my portion of the Mommy Day — because I handed her over to my husband to go home, and I took off for…the Apple Store.
Yes, I got a note that my laptop was done early. And done as in fixed. I am posting on it right now! I’m feeling really happy about this — not only was the cost of the replacement battery (and new screen that they threw in, and new key pad or whatever you call it) far below the replacement cost of the computer, all the stuff that I hadn’t backed up in a few weeks (I know, I know) was still there.
So that was good, although the drive to the Apple Store was one of the scariest of my life. We had a huge summer rainstorm, featuring buckets of rain and lightning and –coming on top of some other wet weather — the roads flooded. I drove through several pond-like bodies of water with close to no visibility. I was looking for a place to pull over but the route my GPS took me on featured small roads where there were very limited options (and I didn’t want to put other drivers at risk who would need to drive around me). But, made it, and now we seem to be drying out for the weekend. We’ll probably do a bike ride and maybe another beach trip (different beach). And maybe I’ll do some typing on this new keyboard that, unlike the home PC, doesn’t stick!