My father was here for the last two weeks. He is a nuclear physicist and mathematician by training and mother hen by temperament, so these fifteen days consisted of him attempting to “fix” everything. He took all of our computers apart. Kid 2’s Mac won’t turn on now. He attempted to install a new dog gate and only a very firm, “Dad, this is our house, please respect our wishes” saved the baseboards from being sawed off in the process. He was also starved for intellectual discourse, because he enthusiastically argued about everything, from global warming (“In reality, nobody knows why it’s happening or if it’s happening.” Me: here is a basic experiment, Dad, reproducible even in Russia. I was a freaking chemist, please don’t try to bullshit me.) to whether gay people should adopt children and Putin’s politics. We have determined that I have been doing everything wrong for these 25 years on my own, down to buying non-stick pans and then washing said non-stick pans incorrectly.
I love him. He is my dad and we had tons of fun, but I’ve got zero work done. Zero. As soon as I would try to sneak away and put my headphones on, he would come and stand over me until I took them off. It took me two days to recover. As Kid 2 put it, as she survived the carnage of her laptop spread out on the table, “Mom, Grandpa is exhausting.”
So now I’m back in the saddle and hopefully we’ll be revving back up. I’m very glad he came to visit. 🙂 May be next time he will bring my stepmom with him. I haven’t met her in person yet.
My dad loves the ocean, so we got away to Clearwater, Florida for four days to celebrate Father’s day. He declared that he had no need of sunscreen because he didn’t burn. He went in at 9:00 am and didn’t come out of the water until 3:00 pm. By the end of the first day he was the color of a lobster and we agreed that sunscreen was a good thing. Then we took him to a nice dinner. For three days we pretty much followed the whole day at the beach pattern, but on the fourth Gordon and I somehow missed him. He departed for the beach, while we waited for our room to be cleaned. We decided to visit Clearwater aquarium, which acts as a sanctuary for sick and injured marine animals. The sanctuary was awesome. We saw a dolphin with prosthetic tail, otters, and turtles. Afterward Gordon wanted to go out on a boat.
Well, there was a marine safari event, which involved a low sitting boat with rows of benches. It cruised the coast, stopped at a little island, and even did a bit of a scientific research along the way, so we bought our tickets. Our captain maneuvered the boat out of the little bay and we were off, with a guide from the sanctuary explaining bird and marine species we saw. The volunteer is bringing about little tanks with different marine species. The little kids on the boat are having an awesome time. We’re out about 30 minutes, when a gust of wind hits out of nowhere, and suddenly it’s raining sideways. The captain turns the boat around and hightails it back to the bay, except there are now little waves and the rain is coming so hard, it’s like someone is spraying you with the hose. The boat is rocking. The kids are screaming. The little girl in front of us wearing a little Miss Congeniality crown and sash is hugging her mom and screaming, “We’re all going to die!” Gordon brought some towels with him, so we gave them one, so the mom could wrap the little girl up.
We finally got back in, soaked despite the towels, and then we had to catch a ride in the rain and the uber driver charged us extra $20 for the”cleaning.”
10/10, would do this again. 😛
PS. Cosmo interviewed us, if you are interested. Our kids have been making jokes about it for a week now.