Monday, August 16, 2010

Back From Vacation, part 1

These past two weeks, I've been off-grid vacationing. While I realize that to most of you, this probably conjures images of camping in the Yukon, climbing a distant Tibetan peak, or perhaps a safari in the wilds of Africa. For me, "off-grid vacationing" loosely translates to "lounging around in my parents' house in suburban Ohio while eating my weight in delicious food, making me too damn lazy to crack open my laptop."

Look! Proof! The night we rolled in, my brother and sister-in-law hired a Spanish chef to prepare the following:
There was tapas. And bronzino (fish! not self-tanner as one [me] might initially think). There was a garlic-saffron aioli that I would like to carry in my purse for condiment emergencies.

Sure, I posted a few desultory updates on Facebook, but the bulk of my trip can be summed up in two words: Food Coma.

The girls, on the other hand, basked in the ten kasquillion candlepower glow of being the only grandchildren AND only nieces (no nephews either, for that matter). They are the sum total of the next generation, and MAN did they reap the rewards. From shopping for school clothes with Nana, to bookstore spending sprees with Papa...
To rides in Uncle Awesome's convertible...
To Aunt Fabulous teaching them to bathe the puppy while wearing a dress and heels...
This was a lifestyle to which Bear and Bug would LOVE the chance to become accustomed. They became un peu insufferable and slightly wired at all times. To wit:
They are currently undergoing Spoiling Detox back in the cold, harsh reality of life in Maine with their parents. A life in which their mother, instead of allowing them to eat Junior Mints before lunch, will say, "What ... are you kidding me? Hey, since you're in the kitchen, unload the dishwasher." and then chuckle maliciously when their expectant little faces fall.

8 comments:

Dawn in Austin said...

Yep, best to teach them early that reality bites. ha ha!

OMG, the Spanish food looks so food! Even the little fishes. Can I go next time?

Dawn in Austin said...

P.S. Missed you!

quilting grandma said...

Yummo for the food! Beautiful pixs of the girls. My, have they grown up so:-)

smalltownmom said...

Reality is such a letdown.

Oh, that food! I want it!

Jen on the Edge said...

My girls are headed off to Camp Grandma in the morning for a few days. Thank goodness I can trust my mother not to send them back to me spoiled and off-schedule.

Welcome back!!!

Nana said...

We LOVED having you all here! As always, your visits end too soon, but we did manage to pack in a lot of fun in one-week's time, didn't we? I'm still trying to get used to the idea that Bear is taller than me now. Come back soon!

Meg said...

The food looks fabulous! I love vacations that involve food comas. Glad your daughters had lots of Spoil Time.

Cindy said...

Food equals love and obviously you and your family are well loved in Ohio! It looks fabulous.