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July 6, 2012

No sad pandas here.

Filed under: Family, Lindsay loves Neal, Personal — Tags: , , , — llcall @ 10:47 pm

Neal and I are in the last few hours of a little “staycation.” My mom took over Addison care on Wednesday morning. We had intended to go away alone three times a year, but our schedule and budget felt too crunched this summer, so we stayed home instead. It’s been a rousing success, thanks in large part to a last minute visit from my aunt, uncle, and their two nine-year-old boys, who are hands-down some of Addison’s favorite people on the planet. She’s hardly noticed that Neal and I have been tucked away in our room for three days.

This morning Neal and I walked over to a nearby cafe and had gourmet “cheese everything” bagels. It felt like such a hip, urban thing to do. And I thought about how it’s hard for us to do things like that with Addison — she doesn’t much care for strollers so she fusses relentlessly on walks (and I can’t even think about taking her beyond our cul-de-sac without the stroller) and the last time I took her to this particular cafe, she fell through one of the chairs and banged up her leg in the midst of some acrobatics. It felt neither hip nor urban.

But then, we were never much for chilling in cafes before Addison came along anyway. Our getaway-turned-staycation has consisted of reading, a library visit, driving around a couple of neighborhoods looking at small(ish) houses, buying new tennis shoes (on clearance!), a temple trip, and a couple of $3 sushi rolls. But it reminds me of how much we enjoy each other’s company one-on-one, even doing mundane things. We love our little third-wheel, but she sure makes long conversations that move organically from one topic to the next very difficult. It’s been a happy few days of seeing her, but focusing on each other.

But none of that is actually what I got on here to write. What I got on here to write is that this morning Neal got his first offer to become a regular contributor at another blog! Since they are still working out the details, I won’t give any particulars here except to say that the person that runs this bigger, award-winning blog says she loves his voice and reviewing style (it’s for a book review site) and would be a “sad panda” if he didn’t accept their offer. Awesome, right?! Not everyone has the potential to turn someone else into a sad panda (which is probably good). So proud of him and his ability to do interesting work that nobody wants to pay for (yet).

After we got done at the Newport Beach Temple, we hopped over to Corona del Mar to play at the beach for a few minutes. A few minutes turned into an hour when Neal got really into sand-building, crab-finding mode.

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3 Comments »

  1. Wow — alone time! How fun!

    And that is so great that Neal might be a regular contributor on a huge blog. Exciting things are happening for you guys over there.

    Comment by Jenn — July 10, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    • “Huge” is probably an overstatement — I don’t want to be accused of false advertising. But I am excited for him!

      Comment by llcall — July 10, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

  2. I think that panda bit is an freaking omen! Go get ’em tiger!

    Comment by joelynn — July 12, 2012 @ 8:52 pm


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