Thursday, March 18, 2010
On Tuesday at six o'clock in the morning, Miriam got up to say goodbye to her brother and daddy too. Shannon walked unusually alone to the bus stop. Then without Tim working in the house, there was no reason to stay home after the two girls left for school. When Tim and Brahms called home to let us know they made it to SFO, nobody was home. Good thing my cell phone was fully recharged...they caught me at Target shopping for plants (including tomato seedlings, succulents and a pot of cyclamen) , Peeps (one of my favorite candies), etc. They called again when they got to PHL...still nobody was home. We were then at In-N-Out eating dinner. At that point the boys knew that we were determined to have fun while they are gone.
It is less interesting to cook for three people, with one person eating only a little bit, than for five people whose appreciation for food comes like an essential ritual of life. As a result, I have not done any serious cooking since they left except for delicious "Friendship Bread" that I had to cook last Tuesday. The good things is that there are a lot of places to eat between Folsom and El Dorado Hills. Tonight we had dinner at Strings Cafe. Tim and I used to eat there a lot for lunch - that they recognize us. But then, there are a lot of other restaurant to try now. How am I supposed to feel when the owner says "We have not seen you in a long time," and they look at my daughters...not my husband. Hmmm... Shannon discerningly recommended that I will have to go back there with my husband.
Whenever Tim travels my immediate reaction is to go out shopping for comfort foods (those that I used to eat in the Philippines). This time I've deliberately avoided it. However, I have to continually fight this tendency. Maybe tomorrow I'll give in...I need some fish with the head and skin still on and some cooked green leaves. Surely, this will ease my loneliness. :)
So far it has been easy keeping the girls entertained. A quick trip to the bookstore today made them really happy.