Folks, it’s done. Robbi, Matthew, Alden, Kato, and Iggy bundled into the van at an ungodly hour this morning armed with sun buns (thanks, bakery, my new neighbor!) and giant coolers of what I was told was meat. I was impressed at the family’s organization, patience, and fortitude in the face of DC traffic. I left them at the airport to fend their way through security lines. (With luck and binkies, they’ve since made it to LA, their first destination.)
I returned to the Barn to find, of all things, a clean work space! Well, at least until I get to work…
Everything is in its proper place, ready for me to messify.
I was pleased, at least until I found a half-empty box of gummy bears.
Then I remembered that when it comes to gummy bears, the box is always half-full. At least until I get hungry to work…
I decided to find the cats to let them know that a new era of attention and love would be bestowed upon them as long as I was around (and that it was in their best interest to help me stick around). Lily insisted I get her best side, darling…
of which she has many. We’re BFFs now. She tells me all the secrets of the Barn while I stroke her luxurious fur.
I had a moment of panic when I couldn’t find Oscar, who usually beats Lily to enthusiastic greetings. I searched high and low among the pencils, behind the computer monitors, in the deep stacks of books. Finally, I found him right where I least expected him: in the shower.
Alaska! Who needs Alaska when one has a Sodastream at one’s disposal!?
Robbi and Matthew thought they could distract me from its magnificence with this silly thing:
The joke’s on them. It took a few tries (and six sheets of paper towels), but I got the Sodastream to work. I’m guzzling as much fizzy water as I can in the next few weeks.
With two cats (that’s twice the blood pressure reduction), a comfy reclining chair, a foot massaging device, Netflix instawatch, air conditioning, gummy bears, a lava lamp (or two), and so many witty books at my disposal… well, I just hope they don’t expect me to actually get any work done.