I cover a lot of territory here. Sorry. I know long posts make most people's eyes bleed. But, look! Pictures!
We decided to get the Sirius subscription. The NPR/PRI/BBC/Sesame Street combo is what ultimately sold me. (And Martha, E!, and Maxim, of course.) With 5 electronica stations and 6 hip-hip stations (my preferred listening) they got (my) music covered, too.
Me? I was sold by the talk radio and old skool hip-hop. J. on the other hand, Googled and read every search hit having to do with both companies. "Did you know that they signed an exclusive deal with VW and Audi because 86% of customers with the complimentary 3 month subscription decided to renew?" ...or some shit. ("Yeah, but did you know they have Martha?")
I installed the car kit in about 30 minutes. The hardest part was figuring out how to route the wires from the antenna (mounted in the rear of the car) through the car to to receiver (up front) without having it look like crap (J., the former network dude, hates messy wires), but I figured it out. I had a little hang-up trying to attach the suction cup thingy (which holds the receiver) to the windshield (I wasn't pressing hard enough, and not enough spit), but other than that, easy-peasy. Can't wait to take a long car trip so we can get to know our satellite service better.
My only question is this. Can you just plug it into your home stereo? I mean, the receiver has audio outs so no need to spend money on the "home kit," right? Some cables and I'm good to go?
Tata came into town this weekend and it was a pleasantly exhausting whirlwind of activity. On Saturday we took Bunny out for shopping and to have a fancy lady lunch of lobster club sandwiches and Bloody Marys. She was delightful until we sat down for lunch, and then she wouldn't eat and couldn't sit still.
She was bouncing in her chair and kicking under the table and finally she told me (and the parties within earshot) that she "hadda go poo." So off we went to ladies', where I had to stand outside her stall until she was "ready for bum wipes" so she could "have her privacy."
I got my make-up did and finally reached the end of my quest for the perfect eye cream. And, maybe have found the perfect face cream as well My skin is dryyyyy and prone to tightness, and after two days of using the products it feels much better. Just call me "Target Market." I'm 36 and I don't have wrinkles (yet), but I am starting to see tiny lines appear where I will have them eventually. I don't mind getting older, but I just want to put off looking older as long as possible.
After lunch and shopping, we returned home and relaxed. Wallie was napping after having spent the morning with Papa. All weekend long, J. commented that perhaps Wallie doesn't receive enough one-on-one attention being the #2 child and all, and he's probably right.
We do tend to spend more time with Bunny because, frankly, she's easy to hang out with. We don't need a stroller or diaper bag. She can keep up next to us when we're out walking or shopping. I don't worry about her dashing out into the street or running off. She listens.
She also doesn't nap in the afternoons anymore, so while Wallie is sleeping, Bunny and I get to spend lots of time together. This will change when Bunny goes off to school. Then Wallie will the one to be showered with undivided attention. Doesn't have to be equitable all the time as long as it equals out over time.
Wallie is at that difficult "exploring my world" stage right now. Eighteen-months-old until age two? Not my favorite age by a long shot. She's a toddler. And a punky one at that. Now, when we tell her "no" or ask her to do something she doesn't want to, she not only pitches a fit, but has now taken to adding, "Why?????!!!!" A typical exchange:
Wallie, sit down with your sandwich.
No! (stands up)
Wallie, sit down.
(Me, physically sitting her down) Sit. Down. Wallie.
WHYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?! (...commence tantrum)
So, we're both making concerted efforts to spend time just with her. And...it's nice. Really nice.
Now, the schools/where to live issue. After dropping Tata off at the airport on Sunday, we decided to cruise some 'burbs and hit up some open houses to see if we could live there. J. had to go to Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto, so for shits and giggles we looked at some houses. Palo Alto is a lot like Portland, except the only difference is that when you look at the real estate section for Palo Alto, there are almost no listings under a million dollars.
Funny thing is, when I was growing up, Palo Alto was Portland. It was this hippie-crunchy-granola college town. University Ave. was filled with weird head shops and health food restaurants and homeless people. Then sometime in early nineties (just before the dot com boom) a Z Gallerie went in and the boom happened and it became a "destination." (Z Gallerie tried to open a location on Haight Street in San Francisco and was run out of town in about 5 minutes...probably by the same people who throw bricks through the windows of the Gap store on Haight Street once a month.)
On our way home, we swung back through San Francisco to look at more properties. (Just look at the views in Potrero Hill!) We're not sold on leaving the city just yet, but next week we'll take a look at Berkeley (and parts of Oakland). I don't think I can live somewhere where coming into San Francisco would require driving over a bridge (and a very trafficky one at that), but we'll see. I'm willing to give it a shot. We can have one more bedroom if we move to Berkeley. And while J. and I can't say that we're definitively done having kids, it might be nice to have more than two bedrooms, just in case. In the end, though? We may not have a choice.
The girls were asleep so we drove and chatted about what was important to us. We agreed that we'd like to be somewhere for awhile. We're tired of moving and the girls need to be settled. The schools issue isn't worrying me as much thanks to your comments. Sometimes you are too close to something and need a little perspective.
We would like the girls to go to public school through elementary school. Beyond that, I'm not sure. Depends on the schools, I guess. For us, the goal is keeping Bunny and Wallie on a path to college, but I suppose we're willing to reassess the public v. private school issue along the way.
So from satellite radio to face cream to shaking our heads at California real estate, that was our weekend.