Just popping in to say hello and post some updates. We have very limited childcare right now, though I am hoping that situation will be resolved soon. In any case, here’s what’s been going on.
I went to Las Vegas! I had never been to Las Vegas before, but since it’s a big conference destination, it was about time. I spoke twice at an event last week, and since I was staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort, I took advantage of the location. I went to the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson One show and really enjoyed it (especially the music…says the girl who grew up on late 80s/early 90s pop music…). I went in the lazy river and the wave pool ALL BY MYSELF and ate sushi both nights. That place seriously has the best hotel restaurant scene I have ever witnessed. I could have stayed for weeks and eaten everywhere.
I went to a live taping of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. We listen to this podcast in the car on family road trips. Since they were taping at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, I decided to take the two older children who are home. Sadly, it was a bit of a bust as the sound system meant it was almost impossible to hear the main interviewee. We wound up leaving early, though there was a Rita’s water ice booth, which salvaged the situation for my kids.
SHU came to visit! She was visiting her parents in Philadelphia so she (and G) came over for the afternoon. We recorded an episode of Best of Both Worlds and did a lot of playing in the playroom.
We went to Boston. We stopped to pick up the 15-year-old at camp (he could leave for the 4th since he didn’t have class) and then went to visit cousins outside Boston. While there we did a lot of pool time, saw a 4th of July parade, and went to some fireworks. The toddler came along, even though he hadn’t had a nap, which was courting disaster. He fussed for a bit, then proceeded to fall asleep on my husband’s shoulder and stay asleep through the entire fireworks. I mean loud explosives. Incredible. Then, of course, he was up from about 2-4:30 a.m. that night in his pack-and-play…
Our van crossed 100,000 miles. Then it proceeded to start leaking from the roof during a rain storm. Hmm… Unfortunately the for-sale supply of Toyota Siennas around here is very thin. Looks like we’re holding on for a few thousand more miles.
It’s Camp Mommy Week. I took the kids who are home to Dutch Wonderland today. While I do need to work at some point, I’m also realizing that camp for four kids is expensive (given that usually I’m paying for childcare for the toddler too). I might do fewer weeks in future years and either take them to amusement parks or pay someone to take them to amusement parks because if you look for ticket deals it is honestly comparable or cheaper. The toddler was just a hair past 36 inches tall, and so he got to go on one of the kiddie roller coasters at Dutch Wonderland and he LOVED it. I mean big grin, whooping it up. That was a great moment. The fighting over prizes at one of the games? A less good moment. But we survived.
Book news: A few friends have books out this week! Check out KJ Dell’Antonia’s new novel In Her Boots (I wrote about her and the writing process in this month’s newsletter). And Katherine Chen has a new historical novel out called Joan about (you guessed it) Joan of Arc. She has an amazing way of bringing historical or fictional historical women to life and making their stories fresh. Please check both books out!
Photo: Sashimi sampler at Kumi at Mandalay