May 24, 2010

Having a Wonderful Time

The birdhouse toy I bought to lure the niece is a total success. She didn't want to play with me at all, and then I took out the toy and started playing with it all casual-like, and soon she was handing me birds and I was handing her birds and the birds were going INTO and OUT OF the birdhouse, and it is actually a pretty fun toy for me too.

I love how my hair conceals my double chin. Unintentional score.

Here I am showing the bird's cute little feet (two birds have little flappy feet and two have feet that are little knots in a cord). Do I look a little unfamiliar with hair down and glasses off (and, if you must know, wearing pajamas)? I didn't quite recognize myself, either, when I was rooting through my brother's photo software looking for some to steal (both photos are by my sister-in-law).

She is a great, great niece. We spend a lot of time admiring her.

We also spend a lot of time drinking wine. Great, great trip.

Tomorrow is my flight home. On the way here I got my favorite seat on both flights (even after coming off one flight to see the other flight's status was "BOARDING" and having to run for it, and it turned out the other gate was in an entirely different wing of the airport), and I read an entire book (Speak Softly, She Can Hear, which was a fine book and I would neither recommend nor not-recommend it). This time I'm hoping to have enough of a layover to (1) not do any running, and (2) eat at the airport Wendy's, and (3) buy postcards at the airport shop. Dream big, baby. Dream big.

21 comments:

Joanne said...

I hope you get a long layover too. I totally am stealing your list for my first trip away from my three darlings in two weeks!

Alexa said...

So glad you are having a lovely time. You look happy and relaxed.

I thought of you the other day--remember your post about not being able to find non-skinny jeans? Well, when you posted it, I kind of assumed it was a little bit of an exaggeration. And then on Friday I spent FOUR HOURS looking for jeans, and Lo, you were not exaggerating. I even asked a clerk at one point if there were ANY other than skinny cuts, and he was, frankly, derisive. I found no jeans. And now I am deep into my own pre-travel fretting, and it is nice to be able to say to myself "Swistle frets about travel too! And she was FINE!"

stephanie said...

I love her!! And you! AND, even though IRL I despise birds, I think I might love this toy and have to add it to Olivia's First Birthday Gifty List!!!

So glad you are enjoying the ADORABLE neistle.

Jess said...

She is adorable and so are you and so is that birdhouse! Excellent all around!

Have a safe trip home and I hope you get that Wendy's, and that seat.

Morgan S. said...

Very happy post. The Neistle is a cutie pie!

missris said...

MMm Wendy's. My go-to airport food is chicken nuggets from McDonald's. To the point where I get a little superstitious if I don't have time to get them before my flight boards. I hope you get your Wendy's!

Alice said...

yay! oh man, neistle is even cuter than ever! and you DO look so different with your hair down and no glasses! i assumed that was your sister-in-law at first :-)

Mimi said...

Cute Neistle! Sounds like a fun trip.

Lindsay said...

Way to handle the stressful moment!!! Look- it was hard, and you had a potential problem, but everything went FINE!!

d e v a n said...

Sounds like a nice trip!

Superjules said...

Cute overload!

TherExtras said...

She's beautiful, too! I have not seen that toy before - neat idea!

Good luck on the way home.

Cayt said...

This may be me being a total creeper, but you look totally cute in that first picture. So relaxed and happy.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

Connecting flights always stress me out a bit. I can never relax until I'm sitting at the gate for the second (or third) flight.

Glad the trip was a success.

JEN said...

What sweet pictures!

Caitlin said...

Yay! I've been wanting pictures of Niestle! And no, I did not recognize you. I had a brief-ish moment of inexplicable....panic?... and then a brief-ish moment of laughing at myself for how ridiculous this was. And then a few not so brief-ish moments of staring at the picture and trying to make it you. And feeling creepy. And then I saw your comment. So! Brisk clasp! That was weird! Let's forget THAT happened!

She is ADORABLE. That birdhouse is ADORABLE. Your traveling plans sound perfect and much wine drinking is LOVELY. So happy you're having such a great time. Yay!

ToyLady said...

Aw, what a cutie! (~the baby, that is~)

But I've gotta tell you - the birdhouse toy? Sounds exactly like the squirrel toy we got the puppy.

Just sayin'.

sara said...

Glad you're having a good time! Sounds like an awesome trip. And where did you get the birdhouse toy? Looks like something my Pie would love! Or maybe like something I would love...but whatever

Just Jiff said...

What a fun toy! Glad you're having a great time.

And love the unintentional score! :)

velocibadgergirl said...

That toy is cuuuuuuute, but only one percent as cute as adorable Niestle!

St said...

OMG, I'm totally growing my hair out.
Glad you had fun!