What’s on the iPod: Backwards Walk by Frightened Rabbit
Today is my first official day back. All mothers have been sent back to where they came from, and the house has returned to normal. It was a wonderful time seeing family. I’ll miss them.
We spent the time preparing for a party. I’ve realized something about myself – I work much better alone (no surprise – I am a freelancer). I had the help of two women and a husband, yet I got the most accomplished when everyone was looking the other way. I cooked all the food, minus the samosas and veggie tray, for the party, and the only casualty was when the pumpkin decided to burn on one side and deflate. That was my soup bowl (I bake stew in a pumpkin). Out came the crock pot. The stew was cooked, so it was a matter of reheating. And I made it thick enough so that bowls weren’t necessary, a must with a buffet-style party.
The party was a huge hit. The step-daughter was bartender and served up incredible strawberry margaritas (she worked behind the bar during college). The husband kept the whisky glasses full, and I circulated. It ended by eleven. We put food away and went to bed. By morning the dishes had been done. Step-daughter had done them. Amen. The kitchen was spotless. What a great way to wake up!
Sunday we rested and took the moms for a walk. Monday, we headed to Manhattan on a whim, where my mother got her first view of the city from atop Rockefeller Center. She was in awe. My cynical mom, who makes a sport out of not taking things seriously, used the word “wonderful” more times than I’ve ever heard her utter. We ate at Candle 79, probably the best vegan restaurant in the country, and she uttered “fantastic” a few more times. If a restaurant can please a die-hard meat eater, they’re doing something right.
His mom flew home Tuesday, and my mom got on the train yesterday. It’s quiet here. But I need to get back to work. Hospital bills are rolling in. The surgery and stay cost just under $21K. I’m responsible for $750 of it. Thank God for insurance.
Back to the grind. Two projects to start today – one I hope to complete by tomorrow. I loved the time away, but with NaNo started and the bank account needing more, it’s time.
And I missed the interaction with you all. I know I was posting, but I had little time to sit here and really interact. I’m glad to be back.
So what’s new with you?