I feel like my plan to instill a love of tea and books is progressing nicely.
We took advantage of the great weather to go down to the wharf for fish and chips.
Lucy loves phones. It was fascinating to watch her grab the phone, hold it to her ear, and start babbling away. The reason it was so interesting was because her "speech" completely changed. The first time I heard it I couldn't believe it. She sounded like she was speaking in Chinese! Funnier yet was how she would hold out one hand and gesture with it while she was talking. Of course, it wasn't really speech in the sense that the words were real, but the intonation was certainly Chinese. It must be because the person she hears talk on the phone the most often is Diana, and the person Diana calls the most frequently is her mom. (Their conversations are in Chinese, with just a sprinkling of English thrown in.)
We caught the 11:00 ferry home, and soon after we got here Kellen and Anita arrived. We barbecued burgers, then Kellen built a fire and we toasted marshmallows.
I drove my mom back to Spokane on Thursday. We had errands to do, and people to visit, and before I knew it it was Sunday and time to drive back home. I have a very hard time with long drives, and get what I call road glaze. It's that terrible feeling where your eyes get heavy and you have a hard time focusing. I have started doing two things to help counter this. One is to buy a Starbucks coffee. (The down side to that part of my strategy is I can't fall asleep that night, but that's better than falling asleep at the wheel.) The other thing I do is make sure a really good book is downloaded on my iPhone, and I listen to it while I cross Washington State.
So as I drove away from my mom's yesterday I started the book I'd picked for this trip. I really enjoy Julia Spencer-Fleming's stories, and was excited that she had a new one out. I had the hardest time following the start of the story though. I couldn't figure out why my American police officer was in London. Even more confusing was the fact he had somehow acquired an English accent. I finally pulled off the road to have a look at the Audible app on my phone. I was listening to Deborah Crombie's latest book, not Julia Spencer-Fleming's! (Sadly, it turns out Julia Spencer-Fleming doesn't even have a new book out.) How did I manage to confuse the two? Their names aren't even close. To make matters worse, I had only read the first book in Deborah Crombie's series, and this new book was # 16. My trip home was like one big spoiler.