My mom has only been to California (I live in Sunnyvale) once before – when we drove across the country last February (which was my first time here too). We’re trying to enjoy our limited time (she leaves on Tuesday) so we’re doing lots of mother-daughter things… like shopping.
After our delicious bowls of green oat bran, we hit the stores. We went to Santana Row and the mall. We hit up Lupicia (a tea shop) where Mom got a bunch of delicious tea (one was rum raisin flavored!). We also went to Bath & Body Works for a big sale. We both got candles and other goodies for 75% off. We wandered a bit more, then went to The Container Store (love! her first time), Lucy, Lululemon, Anthropologie, and Vera Bradley. Didn’t get much… but towards the end we were getting hungry and just wanted to go home.
I decided to treat her to another one of my favorite recipes – Soba Noodles with Umeboshi Dressing and Sauteed Onions. It was her first time having soba noodles and she loved them. Delicious. We cooked up a huge onion to put on top. Mom drizzled a little bit of honey on hers, but said she probably didn’t need it after all. She just really likes the Wildflower Honey that I have.
After lunch we were ready for more shopping, so we trekked out to Target (OJ for Bobby, rice for Bobby, and long & lean tanks for me and mom), Trader Joe’s (her first time), and Han Kook (my favorite Korean grocery). We didn’t get a chance to make seitan (soon though) and settled for Hugh Jass salads for dinner. And a steamed kabocha (the whole thing) for me. Mom had a bite, and said it tasted like a sweet potato. I’ll make her eat more tomorrow. There were some other random snacks during the day too, and lovely lightly sweetened tea samples at the mall.
We didn’t technically work out today (well, I had 20 minutes of yoga this morning) but I think all of the walking probably equates to at least what I normally do. And if it doesn’t, who cares! I’m having fun with the momma.
We had so much fun today. I really missed my mom a ton. I’m happier right now than I have been in a long time. I’m realizing how important family is to me (now I sound like NJ housewife – but then again, I am a Jersey girl) and I think it’s going to majorly affect some big decisions that are going to come up in the nearish future. Mom is sleeping now (she was still up before 6am this morning even though she didn’t get to bed until about 2am), and I think I’m gonna go make some more kabocha. Or eat some blueberries. Or sit on my butt and do more crossword puzzles and watch trashy late night TV while waiting for Bobby to get home (poor boy has to work late again). Or all of them. Yes, definitely all. Mmmm… kabocha.
Do you live near your family? Do you see them often? If you live far away, do you miss them? How do you deal with it?