My post-vacation high ended rather abruptly yesterday.
It wasn’t when I woke up at oh-my-god o’clock in the morning (a.k.a. 4:45 a.m.). or that Elegant was already awake and whistling to amuse herself.
Nor was it when I logged into my work computer and had to deal with 87 emails and then had to do some actual work. I know, the tragedy of working for a living.
I think the descent to reality started when I spent a crap load of money at Whole Foods in an attempt to restock our fridge and feed my family nutritious meals this week — yet neglected to get some essential ingredients, such as broth for the soup I was planning. Luckily, I improvise well and can now tell you that leftover tomato soup, water, and beef bouillion make a pretty good base for vegetable beef soup.
(Elegant would beg to differ, however, and opted to skip dessert last night instead of actually eating her dinner. Her choice and one I let her live with, even though it meant she might get hungry later.)
The fun continued when I discovered that Elegant’s teacher had assigned double homework since El missed school on Monday. If Elegant is difficult about her homework on a good day, imagine what she was like yesterday when she had been awake since 4:30 and had no nap after school. Consequently, Monday’s homework remains undone and hopefully we’ll get to it today.
(On the up side, Graceful’s teacher gets high marks for seeing that my girl was utterly exhausted by recess and having the school nurse call me to come get G early. While there, I pulled Elegant out early too. Might as well get a jump on our afternoon.)
Oh, and did you remember that yesterday was Tax Day? We did. Pete did a first run of the forms two weeks ago and, after discovering that we owed a mega crap load of our very own dollars, decided to wait until yesterday to actually officially file and write a check that almost exactly equaled our airfare to London. While we’re not happy about owing that much moolah, we’d rather owe the money and pay at the last second than have the Federal Guvment possess our money all year. And then, after that check was written, a second one was written for my estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2008. (I’m officially an independent contractor and have to file quarterly.) More money has now been given to the government. Pain, much pain, I tell you.
(Huge kudos to Pete for spending almost two hours on tax related paperwork and then rushing to the post office, whilst I sat at the other computer and caught up on y’all’s blogs. He’s a mensch, that one.)
The biggest jolt to my reality occurred when I realized that we’ve eaten almost all of the British chocolate that we invested in whilst at Cadbury World. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. There is a stash hidden away, because it’s a gift for my friend Melissa — the other half of the Dynamic Duo of Shoe Shopping — and her family. But if we don’t see them soon, that secret stash might accidentally shrink in size and scope.
Today, I slept until 6:00 and feel closer to normal, but Elegant was up at 4:30 AGAIN. No whistling today, thank goodness, and she opted to read quietly until I got up. Hobbit-like, she ate First Breakfast at 6:00 and then had Second Breakfast at 7:15 when Graceful got up. So, she might be tired today, but at least her stomach’s full.
The weather is here is absolutely glorious, as spring in Virginia tends to be, so I have no complaints in that department.
Finally, another photo from our trip. This one is me at Madame Tussaud’s: