I love getting to Mom and Dad's house. It feels good, it smells good, it IS good.
It's SO COLD! My folks crank the heat for us but, with our thin African blood, Heather and I are shaking the whole time. A friend of Mom's stops by with slippers she's knit and we grab them like the life-savers they are! Our feet are happy at last. Thank you, knitting friend of Grandma! Thank you Grandma for teaching her to knit.
People say that women love to shop. I'm not so sure about that. I need clothes but I only narrowly survived my first foray into the stores. I don't know what happened but this one very well meaning saleslady got it into her mind that it was her personal job to dress me. She was bringing all these ridiculous choices and burying me in things I would never wear. And I'm just so compliant! I tried on outfits I had not the slightest attraction to just because I didn't want her to feel bad! I think I disappointed her greatly when I left with my modest selection. And to tell you the truth, I really want to return one of the items but I'm literally scared to death to go back in there!
I love walking in this town! Old Pasadena homes are SO lovely and so entertaining to walk by. Heather and I get to stretch our legs while enjoying each house and garden we pass. We do feel lonely for our dogs when we go for a stroll but we feel so blessed to have pleasant places to wander around. This easy access to exercise causes my heart to feel a little envy. I don't like walking where we live in Arusha.
Tea is good and is the answer to most things no matter where I am on the planet.
I need some alone time. I waked through the grocery store for a few minutes all by myself this afternoon and it felt amazing.
Baby Girl and I slipped into the States under the radar. Byron and Colin arrive tomorrow evening and we have a one weekend family time with The Repko clan immediately after they get in. After that, THE SCHEDULE takes over.
I'm looking to sneak in as much true connection with people I love as possible.
I can culture shock pretty good when I get here, but I love L.A.