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Famwich
We had an unusually laid-back start to our trip today. While I performed my morning toilette, Kim and Skylar went to Wal-Mart to purchase mantles for our propane camp light and the four-legged rendering of Barbie: The Magic of Pegasus's Brietta, whom the Bean had earned by working hard on her math counting all the money she had thieved from my office. Then all three of us piled into the four-new-tire-clad New Silver for a stop at the Bagel Place, where we fortified ourselves with bread products and, in the grown-ups' case, big lattés.

From there it was on to Yuma. Skylar watched movies on the portable DVD player with the headphones on while Kim and I sampled various CDs to see which ones seemed likely to have staying power for her. In Yuma we made our first visit to the town's Barnes & Noble, which is considerably more attractive than the traditional way stations of Carl's Jr. or Cracker Barrel. The rest of the drive was mellow: more CDs in the front seats, more DVDs in the back.

After a brief bathroom-and-blood-sugar break at a McDonald's outside El Cajon, we headed to our campground at South Carlsbad State Beach, where we set up the tents in record time thanks to Kim's efficiency and Bean's greater self-sufficiency.

Then we ate dinner at the Chipotle on El Camino Real in Encinitas, procured ice, milk, water and cookies at the neighboring Von's, and came back to the campground for the day's high point.

Guess what? Skylar has new "feety" PJs after a considerable dry spell. Kim found some in her size, finally -- they're enormous -- just in time for our trip. It's not that cold here in October, but she likes being warm. First I took pictures of them snuggling delightedly in the tent.

Then I lay next to Bean in the tent while Kim performed her evening toilette, trying in vain to capture the two of us with our eyes open. Finally, Kim returned to the tent and we enjoyed one of our favorite pursuits: the making of a "famwich." In this instance, Kim and Skylar were holding their hands up toward the top of the tent, making shadow play comedy skits while I used my extended arms to photograph us as a unit.

There are many things that make me happy. But I don't think any of them can top the feeling of getting all cozy in the tent with my girls. I'm still bounding through the evening on springs of domestic bliss.
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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: October 20th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That last is beautiful past every word--
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: October 20th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"Cracker Barrel": What's in a name? Everything.
From: zokah Date: October 20th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
thanks for my first laugh of the day!
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: October 20th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're welcome. 9:30 show is completely different from the 7:30 show.
From: zokah Date: October 20th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
"try the veal!"
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: October 20th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
it's cracker barrel, so that'd be chicken fried steak. (which by the way is delicious.)

and don't forget to tip your waitress.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A belated "tee-hee" here. . .
siyeh From: siyeh Date: October 20th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You guys look so happy. That's awesome.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We were. Thanks for coming last night. It made a big difference. Sorry you had to experience some of that intensity that leaves me exhausted on a regular basis.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: October 20th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That last shot is absolutely fabulous.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks!
From: zokah Date: October 20th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
such a great post and pix!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! And thanks for being such a good phone friend to the family of late too.
From: zokah Date: October 27th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
silly. it's called friendship. I'm only sorry we don't speak (actually or virtually) much these days.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I feel the connection. It's important to alternate moments of one-sidedness with moments of balance. . .
From: samifo Date: October 20th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
WALMART!!!? I'm ashamed.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That was for you, honey. I tried to include as many corporate entities as possible. . . :-)
commonalgebra From: commonalgebra Date: October 21st, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
these are lovely--especially the last. I can't help smiling myself to see you all laugh-y and smile-y! I hope you are having a wonderful time!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 21st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
We are! Dinner or coffee soon?
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