Buddies,  domesticity,  travel,  unpackamania,  Washington D.C.

Extended Vacation

cherry blossoms and crazy roads

Bug and I were supposed to go home on the 25th but guess what? We’re still here! I thought two weeks at a friend’s house would be too long and we would smell like old fish BUT there was still so much unpacking to be done.

mapping out the frame wall

The fun projects, like hanging pictures and organizing the laundry room still needed to be done. I know I’m a freak to like doing these sorts of tasks but they give me such a sense of accomplishment. I love jobs that have a completion point and don’t go on forever and ever like cleaning the toilet or laundry. Also, I love daydreaming about moving into my own home someday.

I’ve totally daydreamed about how I would set up Bethany’s laundry room if it were my own. The soap would go there, a little coin jar for miscellaneous change and things that people leave in their pockets would go there…maybe I’d even paint an old-fashioned sign that said CLEAN or Launderette or something in blue and white to hang over there… It might be a chore to most people but to me it’s like a diving board into my own dream world.

making lists Troy's to do lists

Bethany and I were bemoaning the fact that we were just days from finishing the whole project. If I could just stay a little bit longer we could finish AND do some more sight-seeing. Then Bethany proposed extending my airplane ticket a few days. While she hashed out the details with Troy, I called Toby to see if he could survive on In-N-Out for a few more days. Amazingly, he said he could so Bethany hopped on her laptop, tapped out some kind of travel website magic and ta-dah! Our little vacation was extended five days!

Real men make pink pancakes. Super Dad

Fish schmish! If you help out enough around the house, you can stay for weeks and weeks! So YES! I am staying here for the Cherry Blossoms, Grandma! I’ll post more later on that. I’m also cooking dinner when I can to make sure I don’t wear out my welcome. Last night I made “Vegiladas” and took photos so I can finally post that here. (They are my latest version of my enchiladas just tweaked and packed with vegetables.) A few of my friends have been asking for the recipe so stay tuned for a food post and some cherry blossom photos!


  • Keely

    You have got to be the best friend, ever. Wanna come stay with me for 2 weeks? We’re waiting on the purchase of our current rental to go thru and seeing the updates about what you’ve done at Bethany’s has made me see there is so much I need to do… and I’m totally overwhelmed. Field trip to Bakersfield? :)

  • BeachMama

    Oh Man!! Now that makes me doubly sad I had no free time at my Workshop, it would have been a treat to see Bethany show up with you in tow. And I seriously had absolutely no free time (other than a 20min break to myself) for the entire time. I almost stayed an extra day today due to a canceled flight, but some smooth talking got me on a plane out of Dulles instead of Baltimore and I got home two hours earlier, go figure. Glad you got to finish up and see some blossoms. Hope your trip home was a good one and you are enjoying some time with Toby right now.

  • K

    I was thinking about you when I flew into LAX and took the shuttle to the port of LA. I imagine that isn’t too far from where you are. I think we switched places briefly since you were in DC and I was in Cali (briefly before heading on a cruise).