Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ladies who lunch in London and a half-spa

Lunch in London indeed. It sounds more exotic and exciting than it was, but I really did fly to London today, had lunch and flew home! The real reason was that the kidlets are off visiting my folks without any parents! No restrictions on the spoiling!!!! The younger one cried though, and I hope I won't have to go up early. My husband keeps reassuring me that she will be fine......and she will. I do agree with nomad about flying though.....I didn't get a pedicure as she wished however, instead the younger daughter gave me a spa the day before she left. That's right, got my hair brushed, and it felt HEAVENLY, and my back scratched, and my face washed. Declined the mud mask they were planning to create from the planter on the terrace though, even if they did tender the offer so gleefully.... Finally the finishing touch was nailpolish. Now I am not a nailpolish kind of girl, and I keep my nails quite short, but undaunted we went for it. Bright flaming red. She lost interest after 4 fingers, and we have no nailpolish remover. Went to London for lunch with my folks -ploughman's lunch with brie and mince tarts....- with four red fingernails. Bizarrely no one said anything all day! Didn't even catch anyone staring! I know there are enough Diva's out there who would notice..... Flying is ultimately boring though.
Met a woman briefly flying to Ireland with a two week old baby and leaving a small, MAYBE two year old toddler behind. She was rather tearful. I didn't ask, but it looked like a family crisis, you know grandma not doing well kind of thing....felt bad for her, and the security was INSANELY tight. Haven't seen anything like it outside of the middle east. The worst of it is that you can't bring water. I am SOOOOO DRY. Bleah. I cannot imagine flying away two weeks after having my second child and leaving the first behind, your such a hormonal mess, and so sleep deprived and just so.....* sigh * I felt bad for her...

What was lovely was discovering how nice it felt to come home. I was all excited to hear the Spanish and Catalan spoken again. A Brazilian guy on the bus asked me directions in Spanish and I managed to answer them, then we realized we were trying to communicate in a language that neither of us spoke well, and we switched to English which he was very good at. It was lovely walking down the streets of the town and coming home..... I miss the kids already. Gonna have a few days with the husband for the first time since the kids were born.........that will be lovely. Wonderful in fact.

6 comments:

Dorky Dad said...

Did you eat the black pudding? I went to Ireland once and ate my weight in black pudding before The Wife told me what it actually was.

Ick.

oreneta said...

Not yet....although I have carefully learned the Castillian word for sheeps brains which is eaten all over the place here, so if your ever in a Tapas bar............you've been warned!

Mom of Three said...

OMG your life is so glamorous and cosmopolitan!

But then I remember that you're, like, as far away as I am from Seattle...

Still, London sounds infinitely more interesting than Seattle.

Though the weather is the same!!! :)

I hope you didn't miss the day they sell tomatoes in town by jetting to London instead.

oreneta said...

Nope, today is tomato day, and what I am off to do next. It sounded delightfully glamorous, but really involved endless waiting in planes, trains, buses and waiting rooms.....

Nomad said...

poof...hear ya
hear ya
hear ya.

I love what you said in a recent update tthat the glamour of airline travel is no more. I can remember as a child getting an outfit "just for the plane" and everyone talking about what they will "wear on the plane"...
Do you remember that?

I think the 4 fingernails sound sort of cool...maybe you will start a trend like the Maori or something?

Have an awesome week!!

Say hi to the man for me!!

oreneta said...

I do so remember talk about what to wear on the plane, and they weren't thinking about thrombosis...after my shoes were x-rayed twice this last time. We're all going to have to fly naked some day as a security measure, either that or airline issued jumpsuits you have to change into like working in a nuclear plant....

back from dinner with him...very nice.