We arrived home (local time) Friday at around 7:30pm. We were met by my in-laws and one of my best friends, Kate.
Ravi, Ella and my in-laws went home. Kate and I went to Friendly’s, beginning my tour of “American food I’ve really missed and am dying to eat,” with waffle fries and honey bbq chicken strips. Sadly I was too jetlagged/nauseous to get ice cream, but I was happy. Once she dropped me off at my in-laws, I was ready to drop. Ironically, Ellie and Ravi didn’t hit the sack until 1 and 2am respectively. Sadly, Ravi’s coming to bed and my waking up happened at the same time. While he went to sleep, I couldn’t manage to get back to sleep. When E woke up at 5/5:30am, I gave up and got up as well.
On Saturday, Ellie and I went to Isis Parenting to buy a new stroller. Our current stroller is great, but feeling its age. Considering that she prefers to walk the majority of the time, I was interested in getting a super light umbrella stroller that would also extend my ability to travel around Singapore more. I never take her on buses with our current stroller, as it’s not easy to fold and it’s heavy and bulky when it is folded. I was extremely lucky that Isis has a last year model of the stroller I liked on sale, and that better than that, it was a 50% off on older stock car seats and strollers weekend. So I got E’s new stroller for 40 dollars (when the new model full price was 120). I’m feeling pretty good about that deal!
I was SO HAPPY to be driving my car again. I can not stress enough how much I miss driving in Singapore. My car has always been a special private place for me. Where I control the radio, I have the freedom to go where I want and when I want, and I can indulge my need for speed 🙂
I also hit Target for some necessities, including, to E’s delight, Disney Princess band-aids. She has a little scrape on her foot and getting an Ariel bandage was exactly the right bribe to keep it on.
Ravi, E and I also hit a Destination Maternity, as while my weight hasn’t really changed (or if anything, I’ve dropped a few pounds thanks to nausea interfering with my ability to eat), it is redistributing and my uterus seems eager to stretch back out. So I needed some ugly (they’re all ugly, let’s be real) maternity jeans and shorts. I did, however, feel lucky to find an adorable sundress in blue and white that will work well in Singapore. Horror of horrors, I also had to get a maternity swimsuit (ladies–trying on swimsuits=traumatic….trying on maternity swimsuits==xanax). My favorite purchase there, however, wasn’t for me…I found a onesie with a New Yorker cartoon on it; picture a nursery with babies in bassinets. One baby is holding a smart phone up out of the bassinet and the caption says “OMG, I just got born!!!” As a blogger and social media addict, I had to have it.
We met my in-laws for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen.
I tried not to fall asleep at the table, and passed out as soon as we got home, around 8:30 or 9pm. Ellie fell asleep in the car. We both woke up around 5:30 on Sunday morning.
We had a lazy Sunday morning, but eventually Ravi and I decided to run out and get stuff. We didn’t realize that a lot of places were closed as it was Easter–we’ve been in Singapore too long, where very little gets in the way of shopping. And if nothing else, Mustafa is open 24/7/365.
Our first stop, Toys R Us was open. We weren’t planning to, but we picked up a car seat for the baby. We had epic fights over car seat material with E, so when we found one we BOTH loved, we chose to buy it rather than wait and hope it would still be here on our next trip. The car seat will just stay at my in-laws for the time being. We also picked some stuff up for E and a cousin of hers.
The next two stops were closed.
Bed Bath and Beyond was open, and we picked up some more sheets that match our bedding set, a new razor for Ravi, and some other odds and ends.
We picked Ella up from her grandparents, and drove to pick up a friend in for Passover from San Francisco. We took Mickey to Kimball’s, which I raved about here before. At Kimball’s we met up with two more friends. We broke up the party around 10, and Mickey and our family went to dinner together, catching up with one another.
After dropping her off, we came home. E had crashed early, but managed to sleep until 8am today. I went straight to sleep and Ravi, who went to sleep later woke up with E, allowing me to sleep in.
Monday Ellie and I spent the day with one of my other best friends, Aimee, and her adorable son CJ at their home. Ravi and his dad ran some errands, including shopping for some more work clothes. We had dinner at home followed by Bridge.
I can’t stress enough how awesome it is to see our friends and family in person. To be able to give them a hug or see them smile at a joke. To commiserate. To just hang out.
But while I really do miss being in Boston, I’m already missing some things about Singapore…but I’ll save that for another post.