Sunday, August 12, 2007

She's an Extraordinary Girl

She is, indeed. Or, I am, I mean. Why? Because I made the right decision about the camping trip!! We went to my parents' house for the entire weekend, and skipped the campground entirely. I know this was the right decision because my parents' neighbors' college-aged kids tried to go to the same campground and found it all washed out from the storm; it was a mess, and no one was allowed in the lake. They set up camp in their backyard, and we set up in my parents', and life was good.

We had a fire in their outdoor fireplace and toasted marshmallows for s'mores (with Green & Black's chocolate, thank you very much). We had much Phase 10 by lantern light. (The boy seems to have inherited his father's skill and ruthlessness for the game, cheerfully skipping his grandmother, mother, and friend with abandon, and beat us all.) I cooked bacon, eggs and pancakes on my little camp stove.

There was soccer and football and general merriment, and even apple and blueberry picking from my parents' trees and bushes, which resulted in the baking of several pies. In all, it was much like having a private campground with much more comfortable outdoor furniture and a much tidier bathroom. (Plus, you know, my mother's pies.)

The best part was when we were leaving, and my dad said (their 38th wedding anniversary was Thursday), "Thanks for coming, that was a really nice anniversary gift." Aw! I don't know when my dad became such a softy, but it was sweet.

It was a lovely weekend, and now I'm ready to start the week. I have the day off tomorrow, but I go to the library in the afternoon for my part-time employee orientation. I'll get my official photo badge--woo! :-)


cupcake said...

Wow, that does sound fun. And it's totally out of character for me to acknowledge in a positive way anything involving a tent

My idea of camping is two days in a Motel Six without cable television or a blow dryer.

That's about as far into "roughing it" as I can go.

Joke said...

You're welcome.


Jess said...

That sounds like the perfect way to camp - especially that bit about Green & Black's. And the pie.

Iamthebookworm said...

Now thats the way to camp! Clean indoor restroom facilities and climate control if you get sick of being outside!

Sarah Louise said...

Woo for you, G! That sounds fab, and esp. the "anniversary gift" part.

And very exciting about the photo ID. When I was an intern at Main, I loved that thing. I'm a real loving the tunnels and secret passageways person and the basement of that bldg is FULL of them. Oh, I'm so excited for you! (Plus, at that time, and I doubt it's changed, the photo ID gets you in free to all the Carnegie museums...) Oh, I'm a little bit green with jealousy right now...