We did go to “Mingo Gardens” yesterday (as G calls it), and it was pretty glorious. We met up with friends (my close friend from Miami Beach + her two kids — also solo parenting while dad worked) and didn’t even bother to see many of the animals. We just avoided any crowding by letting the kids run around in a big empty field for something like 2 hours.
They played in the dirt and ate popsicles and it felt almost normal.
I really really really can’t wait for COVID to be less of an issue because I really miss casual playdates. At this point, the hardest part about solo parenting weekends isn’t the parenting itself – it’s feeling lonely. Getting together with a friend who is in the same boat makes everything better.
And it used to be so easy. We could just have some people over for bagels or meet up at the children’s museum. Those were the days, and yet we had no idea how lucky we were. So interesting to reflect on. Plus, G is finally at the age where I can basically let her roam around with the big kids and almost carry on a conversation! Greatly hoping things look closer to normal this fall after widespread vaccine rollout.
I got everything done on my list yesterday except organizing. Heh. Going to attempt now before we head to the playground for hopefully hours. I just did my longish run (50 min) in the weather below and it was glorious. I’d love to live here just from December – March . . .
PS: Yes, you can schedule grocery delivery for the next morning! This worked out well.
This Week’s Meals:
S: Leftover black bean soup (from Dinner Illustrated – one of my favorite most-used cookbooks by the way!)
M: Kale and chickpea soup from Dinner Illustrated w/ bread
T: Greek salad with grilled chicken + pita
W: Assorted leftovers
R: Broccoli lemon carbonara from How Sweet Eats
F: Leftovers and/or frozen pizza
S: Takeout (kids have already decided we are doing Chicken Kitchen. Fine w/ me as it helps balance out the sushi we had this week budget-wise!)