since I last updated. I've been to SanDiego/LosAngeles for a fun wedding and visits with friends, to Las Vegas for a conference with my husband which confirmed all my thoughts about Las Vegas and now am heading to the beach. In between I've made a million trips to the grocery for my father, mowed the lawn every week, done laundry continuously, and gotten lots done on two big knitting projects.
This trip to the beach has trememdous potential, either for a great time or a disaster. For one week of my trip I'm being joined by three friends. One is a very close friend who has been to the beach with me many times and we have developed a great rhythm. We basically are friendly roommates and don't feel like we have to do everything together all the time. She feels comfortable rummaging through the pantry and refrigerator to find lunch and doesn't expect me to play hostess. It's kind of like living with a sister. I have not traveled with these two other friends except for short 2-3 day trips. One of them is a total space cadet and the other talks incessantly. I've tried to write out a couple of beach emails nicely giving them the lay-of-the-land on how this trip should operate, i.e. "breakfast cereal, muffins, coffee, etc will be available but you will need to serve yourself. Lunch meat, bread, fruit etc will be in the fridge for you to find when you are hungry for lunch. We will share dinner duty so bring a favorite easy recipe." Do I think they will do any of this? No so I'm relying on friend #1 to set the tone and show them how to do it. And to tone down our talker I'm thinking of starting and ending my day with short yoga and meditation time and ask them to join me. That should buy us all at least 45 minutes of quiet time. twice a day. I'll let you know how it goes. But any day at the beach makes me happy so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow when I'll get to put my feet in the sand.