Saturday, August 28, 2010
Rounding out the visit
Friday was Mom's last full day here. I took advantage of a sleepy Eleri and a patient Soren-distractor to sleep until 9:30 in the morning. Awesome. We lazed around for a little while, and then I got my butt in gear and went down to the gym to run before lunch. I did approximately the same routine as Wednesday, only I did a mile of intervals in the place of a mile at incline (7.0, 6.4, 6.8, 6.3, 6.7, 6.2, 6.6, 6.1, 6.5, 6.0 mph, for 0.1 miles each, total time 9:15). It worked out pretty well.
We had plans to head back to the pool in the afternoon, but we needed to pick up more sunscreen first. So we headed out to get some, along with a bite to eat for lunch. On our way, since Eleri fell asleep in the car and Soren was just chilling in his seat, I decided on a whim to take Mom on a quick(ish) driving tour of the District. Just a little loop by the Lincoln Memorial, down Constitution, up around Dupont and out through Georgetown. I hoped, since it was only 1:00, that traffic wouldn't be too horrendous, and for the most part we lucked out. It just got snarled going down M Street toward the Key Bridge, but other than that it was great. Mom was thrilled that we (accidentally) ended up driving past the Hilton that housed the kitchen for this latest season of Top Chef. We saw some of the embassies and lots (and lots) of tourists, and eventually Soren dozed off as well. There's something wonderful about the quiet of two kids passed out in the car. ;)
Because of the traffic down M (and some slight confusion on my part about which road we needed to take heading back southwest), our little detour took about an hour all told. Lunch was next, and then a quick stop at the store for some sunblock. Home again, then out to the pool.
Soren had another awesome experience, splashing and paddling around. Eleri chilled with Grandma while Soren and I played. It was great.
(I realize that Eleri's Friday photo is nearly identical to her Thursday one. Oh well. They're both adorable.) :)
In the evening, Mom gave Tom & me the excellent gift of another little date night. This one lasted longer and ran later than the previous two, as we treated ourselves to dinner and a movie. A remarkably affordable dinner at Hops Brewery ($2.30 beers? Sweet!), we trotted over to the theater to watch Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which was the first movie we'd actually seen in the theater together since before Soren was born. It was incredibly entertaining. Lots of little nods to video game nerdery - even down to the Universal Studios opening logo - decent music, and many laughs. Tons of fun.