And then suddenly, we're back. It was tremendously disorienting-- everything just the way we left it-- actually, much nicer than the way we left it, thanks to KJ and Ivan's loving stewardship-- but I felt like our cat Tako when we moved--- she ran into the new house, ran into every new room and under all the furniture like a mad thing, then hid under the bed for three days. I had to wander around for a couple of weeks just looking in drawers and feeling confused-- Did this faucet always spray? Do we really not have a dryer? But now it's been a little more than a month and we've resettled, more or less. Utah seems like a blip-- a vivid dream, or something that happened a long time ago. The girls almost don't remember it, and have reentered their lives more or less seamlessly, remembering all the backstories to their toys and kid-treasure-detritus... stuff that out-of-sight-out-of-mind for a season and they had forgotten it existed.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
And before I knew it, we were done. We gave back all the stuff we had begged, borrowed, or stolen, packed up a rental car, and drove to California!
|A brief-- but noble! Stop in the sierras|
|poor little street urchins...|
|It's coming. Any second. I can feeeeel it.|
|A bunch a bridges|
|Grandma! And an alluvial flood plain, or somethin'.|
|Oooooh, I LOVED this. talk about hands-on science.|
|And --Praise the lord-- Cheeseboard pizza.|
|And, in some no-name strip mall in a suburb of nowhere, the world's crowdedest, sweatiest, spiciest, most delicious Chinese food on the planet. You know it's good, when I'm the whitest thing in a 3 mile radius.|
|the damask roses of the world tour...|
|This was the awesome broken wild animal museum. Those owls, hawks, and eagles? All alive. All somehow defective, but... ALIVE! Awesome, right?|
|Maile as a red-tailed hawk|
|Look who we ran in to in the foyer of the Botany building-- Lucy!!!|
|And a tiny archeopteryx fossil|
|Ooooh!! the Stamen!|
|Ooooh, the farmers' market.....|
|Oooh, the borsht at Sauls...|
|It left us all a bit... deer in the headlights.|
These little March girls each gained a number, and we celebrated with matching spring dresses, that they wore to tatters, over their pajamas, every day, and sesame-street-themed juice boxes....
|Oh yeah, and PENgUinS.|
|MP: "Me said, NO TAKE MY HORSIE!!!"|
|the obligatory eyeball egg|