Monday, October 17, 2011

Back and forth

Last Friday Em and I flew back down to LA. I had to oversee the packers and movers in our condo, which turned out to time perfectly with the weekend wedding of my friend, Tori.

Us gals & Tori, the bride
Don't mind my silly smile.
The gals
Here I am a little more dignified. Side note: My dress was $15 at H&M. The shoes, which you can't see, and purse were a steal at $9 TOTAL at Payless' buy-one-get-one-half-off sale. I should probably be ashamed of my cheap taste, but I can't help but be proud of my bargains.

The packing/moving portion of our visit was kind of nuts, but all in all, it went well. It was strange to see all our worldly belongings packed into this giant truck.

The workers were very cordial, even when they moved our couch and unearthed this mess treasure trove. I was mortified. They thought it was hilarious. Next time I'm missing a ponytail holder, I know where to look.


The rest of our visit was spent with Em's grandparents. Both of these pics happen to be from one of my fav LA restaurants, Versailles -- two separate visits that week with the grandparents.

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While the flight down to LA went smoothly, the flight home was a mess. I chose a late-night (9:30 - 11:55 p.m.) flight over the 6 a.m. flight, thinking Em would just fall asleep. She didn't. She's like her mama and is not a good plane sleeper. After tossing and turning and trying to curl up on my lap, she finally fell asleep with her head on my lap. However, when it came time to buckle her into her own seat for the descent/landing, she threw the world's biggest fit. I apologized to all the passengers around me for her 15-minute tantrum, but no one (verbally) seemed to mind. At the baggage claim, another passenger told me I handled it well.

Next time I'm choosing the crack-of-dawn flight, and/or hiring a travel surrogate.

Thankful to leave the 93-degree SoCal heat wave behind, we're back in Portland. We found a fabulous rental home in the cutest neighborhood, and I can't wait to get settled when we move in this weekend.

As much as we appreciate the amenities of our corporate housing, we're all looking forward to getting out of this relocation limbo.


  1. It's gotta be hard living in two places at once, at least somewhat. I visited your new home a couple weeks ago and it was lovely so I hope you're enjoying.

    Man, isn't plane travel with kids the worst? I had an experience exactly like yours with Ben this past trip. He woke up suddenly from sleep but he wasn't fully awake and so you couldn't even reason with/bribe him and it was like 10 min of blood-curdling screaming. Almost everyone was nice about it.

    Generally people are nice and I've given myself the permission to just forget about the ones who aren't ... I do try my hardest to eliminate or mitigate my kids' disturbances and that's about all I can do.

  2. sorry my sleepy-time vibes didn't work out. at least you're in portland now. it's so gorgeous up there!

  3. LOL my friend once found a bag of half-eaten candy under my couch. So embarrassing.

  4. Love your friend's wedding dress. Looks awesome on her!

    It's great to hear you've found a place. I hope Portland is being good to you.

  5. If I ever move furniture, I think we would find that hamster we've been missing.

    Do you smell something? Me either.