Is it Monday yet?
Any normal person looks forward to long weekends. Ali and I fear them. Are we the only parents who don’t know how to entertain our child? My mom tells me that Maya should learn to play on her own. I agree but I’m kind of at a loss on how to execute that. While I try to figure that out I will continue to do everything I can to keep her occupied.
This morning I figured what better way to keep ourselves busy than to organize? So we tackled her room. While I sorted out her Lego situation, Amelda Maya tackled her shoe closet. I was equally impressed with her idea to put her shoes in her Barbie piano as I was at how many shoes she actually has.
While we organized Ali set up a video camera utilizing the Legos that I’d just finished putting away:
Maya took a break from organizing then to Skype my mom and then her friends in Pakistan and Germany. While she chatted I pretended not to feel like a loser because I had nobody to Skype. To keep my mind off my pathetic social life I read half of this amazing book I stole from my mom’s house:
Afterwards we took a trip to Trader Joe’s to restock our very empty fridge. We came back for a lunch of Macaroni and Cheese…well Ali and Maya did as I am still Flushing Fat. I had a bland omelette with some equally bland eggplant. I only ate it because I was too hungry to think of anything else. The best part of this plan? You don’t want to eat because nothing “allowed” is very appetizing.
The conclusion of lunch coincided with me begging Maya to take a nap. She resisted for an entire hour and then finally succumbed:
Abby Cadabby and Baby Doll were forced to take a nap as well. And apparently I didn’t need to buy her a bed after all. Maya prefers the floor.
When nap time concluded we went on a drive to Malibu to watch the sunset. The weather was amazing – about 70 degrees and perfect.
We were all in good spirits for a change. Except Ali who was darting in and out of the PCH traffic on our “leisurely Sunday drive.”
As we drove we enjoyed apple slices covered in cinnamon and a super sweet orange.
Upon returning I embarked on dinner – soup and calzones.
The soup turned out well although Ali said it was “missing something.” While he tries to think of what that “something” is, here is the recipe for a “pretty good” soup:
Carrot and Leek Soup
1/2 pound of carrots
2 leeks, trimmed and cleaned
1 chopped onion
1 T olive oil
2 cups vegetable broth
1 T ground cumin
1 t salt
Heat oil in a nonstick pot, add onions, carrots, and leeks and cook about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add spices and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Using a blender, blend in batches. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Only a few more hours until its Monday. I think we are all counting the seconds. Maya included.