|Letter from Los Angeles
||Thursday | 12 March 2015
Los Angeles, California: Dave and I drove
from Indio to Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. Dave had been in (three times per
year) University of Oregon Trustee meetings Sunday evening until Wednesday noon.
The winter meeting is (thank goodness) held in Palm Springs. Since trustees
fly-in from all around the world (on their own dime), it just seems kind to ask
them all to come to a sunny spot once a year, instead of (usually) rainy Eugene.
After meetings, each evening, we have attended social functions with fellow
trustees and their spouses.
It had been a busy few days, so we were anxious to hop in the Honda and head two
hours west to sunny Los Angeles to see our beautiful grandchildren (and their
beautiful parents). Long-time friends, Jane & Michael (Michael worked with DT in
The Philippines circa 1981-83), were also in LA for the day and joined us for a
fun afternoon and evening with the kids.
Lucy is now sitting on her own for up to an hour. This
exercise simply exhausts her and she takes long naps in the afternoon. Lucy
continues to be the happiest, smiliest, sweetest little cherub we
have ever known. Not sure even her own Mother was this darling.
However, the nearly-7-month-old Princess will not take a bottle. Of any kind...
brand... shape. No tippy cups. Will not let a morsel of food into her belly.
Lucy will chew on a baby spoon, but the photo (right) is her reaction to apple
sauce. Not. Gonna. Happen.
Seriously? Who doesn't like apple sauce?
We are all assuming this will not be a permanent situation and one day soon Lucy
will learn to love apple sauce... and O's... and fruit... and sweet potatoes.
Until then, Lisa is a very tired, thin and hungry Momma.
dinner Wednesday evening, Leo asked to escort Jane & Michael (pictured here at
Lisa's wedding) for a walk around the block. Leo pointed out the unique features
of the neighborhood homes and we even had a few rain sprinkles on our adventure. Jane
was a teacher, so knew exactly how to interact with a three year old. I
wish Jane could impart some of her knowledge on this Old Bubbe, because Leo is
usually ten steps ahead of me.
While we were checking-out the 'hood, Lisa trimmed, tied and roasted a beef
filet, paired with asparagus spears, and made a salad of farro, tomatoes,
parsley and feta. It was wonderful to enjoy a delicious meal and spend the evening with such old friends.
Truth be told, a just-hired Michael was greeted at Manila International by DT and a very-pregnant-me
- one week before I delivered Lisa. Michael has known Lisa her entire life.
Leo had school Thursday morning. DT had conference calls. Lenny went to work.
Lisa, Lucy and I went to IKEA to find a dresser for Lucy. It was later arranged
for the entire family to meet after school for lunch. Tacos.
Chicken tacos cost $3 in Los Angeles
Leo wore Lenny's soccer jersey (from his boyhood team in McLean, Virginia) to
school today. No lunch for Lucy. She just chewed on a toy.
If your daughter goes to IKEA to buy a dresser for the baby
nursery, chances are you get to spend the afternoon studying Swedish assembly
Leo was a ton of help...
... and there were a ton of screws, bolts, dowels and
assorted items left-over, but the dresser is assembled. Drawers open.
Drawers close (automatically!) and Lisa brought her sweaty Dad a cold
brewski as a reward.
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.
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