We’re at Tiffany’s again (me, Toria, Fiona and Alex), but this time we’re at their house without their family. We’re house sitting for the week while they’re on vacation — at the condo where we usually stay when we’re on vacation.
We’ve been here so many times over the years, but this is the first time that none of their family has been here with us! Even when we came to watch the kids while Tiffany was having Milllie, we had the older kids here with us. It’s quite a different experience!
To make matters even more unusual for us, I’m taking care of one of the little dogs that Tiffany tends to during the days, so twice a day I walk over with one or all of the kids and we take a very enthusiastic little Yorkie (I think!) on a very long, very enthusiastic walk as she makes little rhino noises (I swear!) and tries to pull us as 70 mph despite her tiny little legs and old age. Then we make sure that all of her needs are met in her house and tuck her in her little bed on the couch and make sure her music is on until the next time we check on her. It’s quite fun, especially since we’ve never had a little dog and we miss our wonderful collie rescue, Layla, who died last fall.
During the days, the kids jump on the trampoline and play Mario Cart, play educational games online and just play. Toria and I read and surf the internet. At night, I cook dinner and we watch our favorite shows on Hulu (Nashville for me and Toria, Smallville for all of us) and then read books before bed.
We all also do a LOT of yoga every day. Tiffany and Co. do a lot of yoga and have mats and recommended apps for us, and we are big on the whole “when in Rome” thing!
Of course, we don’t do yoga quite as gracefully or peacefully as they do.
Don’t even try to tell me in all seriousness to yearn my sternum forward! Yearn my sternum forward???? This is not a legitimate instruction. 🙂
Toria told me I was very difficult to do yoga with because I make her laugh too much. Laughter is healthy, right?
We also drink proper English tea all day (since Tiffany is both proper and English) — though we add copious amounts of sugar that proper English people disapprove of!).
Tiffany’s house is the opposite of mine in most ways. Mine is crowded and noisy. Hers is minimalistic and quiet. Mine is full of color. Hers is almost entirely white (even the painted wood floors and full-wall fireplace). Mine is chaos, hers is calm. Mine is filled with oddities (brain coral, replica dinosaur teeth, jars of sand from all different colors of beaches around the world, musical instruments, historic costume pieces….). Hers is filled with just a few well chosen items.
So it’s fun to be here, and good for us to live this other life. We rise early and keep things tidy. We do yoga and drink tea. We eat smaller portions and walk miles every day. But then we also play games and watch shows and act silly, because we’re still us, too. 🙂
We have a million things to get back to as soon as we’re back in Minnesota. I have to finish my elderberry book. We have to finish our portion of the renovations on our house. There are tryouts soon for the Wilder Pageant and all sorts of opportunities and obligations for all of us.
But this week, we’re in Nebraska, living this life. And it’s pretty wonderful too.