7.12.11

A fine day

Well, I've gotta give it to the universe. My Tuesday rocked. Rocked much more than Monday sucked even. A day where everything went right. Forgive me for going into agonizing detail.I need to remember there are days like this the next time a crappy Monday strikes I keep perspective.

From the top:
-Nava lets me brush her teeth with minimal fuss.
-She clearly communicated to the nanny that she wanted to potty even though she only wanted to do #1
-We get out of the house ahead of schedule for our journey (because I made a good decision to not try to cram in a few highly-likely-to-be-unproductive hours at work).
-Arriving at the boarder, there was a caravan of 50 cars blocking everything and lots of police sitting around not giving anyone instructions to prevent the deepening snarl. Miraculously, we all just wait in our places for about 10 minutes and then I'm waved through first.
-Enjoy zero lines on the Thai side due to the caravan holding everybody up. Oh and I get the very first car slot, making it fine to leave sleeping Nava in car while I go get stamps in passports.
-When I get back to the car, Nava has woken up but is fine with me having stepped away. I give her pork crackling by way of thank you.
-There's a large Save The Mekong protest on once I'm through immigration. The cops with the caravan are obviously cramping their style. I give a long honk and cheer to them as I manage to pull out ahead of caravan and am rewarded by huge smiles.
-Zero traffic on Thai side thanks to caravan holding everyone up behind me while I got ahead.
-I remember the correct petrol station that has the really sweet iced coffee stand and rather than trying to hurry, I am smart enough to stop, get a coffee and feed Nava lunch before she gets hungry.
-Caravan pulls up a my station. Huge internal groan as they start yelling at coffee girl in Chinese/English. I pipe up, translate, help the nice gal calculate prices in dollars and everybody goes away happy.
-There are 3 police checkpoints on the highway. None of them stop me.
-Get great parking spot at airport.
-Favorite airline has flight leaving in an hour, it's not full, there's no line to buy, and staffer commiserates about their horrible website the contributed to my horrible Monday.
-Staffer agrees to take a copy of my passport and credit card to allow me to book by phone though it's not really normal procedure and his copy machine is broken forcing him to have to use their competitor's.
-I realize I've left my Thai cell phone at home but I'm in time to buy a new number and give it to the airline guy so he can follow up on my book-by-phone issue.
-The seat next to us is empty on a pretty full plane.
-Nava is in a great mood, laughing and playing games despite having missed her nap and eventually nods off.
-On deplaning, the sky is huge and beautiful and I have a surge of emotion and joy that makes me hold Nava tight.
-Taxi encounters no traffic.
-Check in to find out our hotel has given us a nicer room than usual.
-Nava plays on the bed while I organize. Eventually she finds my purse and finds the seaweed snack inside and shows it to me and asks to eat.
-She looks incredibly cute chomping seaweed.
-I decide to buy myself the new toy (Iphone) I've been debating about since Thanksgiving.
-Nava lets me close the deal with a bribe of mango roll up even though it's way past dinner time.
-The touristy food court with overpriced food pulls out all the stops for us. Highchair provided, food delivered, extra dish and utensils for Nava, some apple chunks complementary, food that Nava and I both love, hold our table during a potty run, staff play with Nava and she puts on her cutest show ever, for like 20 min, so I get to eat. Nava loves her apple and actually enjoys practicing eating with a fork--huge breakthrough! They give her an apple to take home.
-During dinner, Nava told me she wanted to potty, we went she peed and was done. It's dawns on momma that her diaper is dry and she has asked to go to the potty just to pee twice today. Dang!
-During dinner I return a missed call (7pm). It's the airline staff on his own cell saying he's gotten my details into the system and if I ever need anything else I can call him personally.
-Pick up fully pimped out toy and head home with wired Nava who is not complaining despite spending hours in Ergo past bedtime.
-Stop for slice of cake to top off a great day. It's 50% off and really yummy.
-Realize with groan on subway I forgot hotel's number so I will have to walk back from the station. Walk 20 feet and hotel's shuttle appears.
-back in room, Nava is still in fantastic mood and we enjoy a mommy-n-daughter bubble bath.

If today is even half as fun, I'm a lucky woman. And it will be because Grandpa touches down in 30 minutes! Gotta run!






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