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One! Singular Vacation ...

(Three points to anyone who gets the title reference.)

One sorely-needed stretch of family time.

One-way plane tickets to San Francisco, where we picked up one rental car.

One baby turning ONE year old. Happy birthday, darling nephew!

One brilliant sun hiding all weekend behind the clouds, which decided to burst through and beam down on our birthday beach party. Brightly.

One sunburn on DH’s legs so bad that his ankles turned into cankles.

One visit to the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Thanks, beachalatte, for blogging about it. I got the idea from you! The whole bathroom is tiled in comic strips, cynthialord, even in the stalls. Hee!

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One son happily exploring a whole museum devoted to his beloved “Peanuts,” including a showing of the movie “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!).”

One drive to Placerville to visit the next sector of the family, listening to Dragonrider, by Cornelia Funke, on CD.

One toddler whose mom said he was “better” after having the stomach flu, despite his continued diarrhea.

One sparkling pool in family’s back yard, an August oasis for swimming and playing and watching two dogs dive in after the tennis ball, funny wire-haired terrier Rascal looking exactly like an otter.

One 12-hour period in which I could not even keep down water.

One extra night spent in Mt. Shasta while I was down with the stomach flu. DH said I was worth the extra $134 plus room tax.

One visit to the Collier Logging Museum. Who knew?

One drive to Sunriver for the remaining two days of our vacation. We’d never been there, and were concerned that our status as Oregonians might be revoked. It’s a yuppie heaven of bike riding on paved paths, canoeing, kayaking, eating, and shopping. It’s where non-campers go to experience nature without leaving behind every conceivable convenience in the world.

One canoe trip down the flattest stretch of river known to mankind, and a waiting shuttle to take us decadently back to the start. Now that’s my kind of canoeing!

One of the best books I’ve read all year – finished on this trip: Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson. It’s kind of a mystery? Here’s a quick review: "Ms. Atkinson...grabs hold of the reader and doesn't let go....[A] wonderfully tricky book....To read it is to enter a hall of mirrors....[T]he lifelike characters...are what make it such a compelling hybrid." Janet Maslin, The New York Times.

One black dog with one white paw and one black dog with a curved tail sooooo happy to see us walk in the door.

One night of really good sleep … last night. In my own bed!

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artistq
Sep. 4th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
One, singular sensation, every little steps she takes.
One, thrilling combinations, every move that she makes!
amanda_marrone
Sep. 4th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
You beat me!
lkmadigan
Sep. 4th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Three points!

I remember actually performing that song ( a dance) in high school. With others! I was not a very good dancer. I remember shaking when I danced onstage.
cynthialord
Sep. 4th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
The whole bathroom is tiled in comic strips,
Totally COOL!!!!!!
lizjonesbooks
Sep. 4th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
...and you can forget the rest... dodo do dootdootdootdoo
Sounds like a good time was had by all!!
kellyrfineman
Sep. 4th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
I'd write the "dadadadadadadah" part, but it doesn't write well. Gotta love A Chorus Line.

Sounds like a great trip -- and loved your organizational method for telling about it!
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lkmadigan
Sep. 5th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
I am positive I am committing copyright infringement just by posting the photo! Don't hurt me, heirs of Charles Schulz!
nydeborah
Sep. 5th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Peanuts bathroom tiles?
I can just imagine Snoopy shaking his raised fist-paw and shouting "Curse you, Red Baron"! This would all be punctuated by loud flushes, of course.
lkmadigan
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Peanuts bathroom tiles?
Haha!

Young Son loved the scene in "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown" where Snoopy is in a French ...er, tavern ... knocking back root beer after root beer, banging each glass down and pointing with one imperious finger for another.
sruble
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, now I'm singing that song! And I'll be singing it all day, except with the words we made up in HS when we sang it in choir - we didn't sing it that way for the choir director :0)

Sorry you had the stomach flu!!!!! But I'm happy you had a great vacation!!!!!

Hope you are feeling better now and your husband's sunburn is gone too!
lkmadigan
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Son has it now. :-(

But we will all be right as rain in no time! And DH's alarming cankles have returned to his usual fetching ankles.

Your vacation sounds ... interesting, too. :-)
sruble
Sep. 6th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Sending healthy vibes for the whole family your way!

The ice cream is what got me, so I totally understood the stomach flu thing!

Sometimes it's good to be home, although I miss the beach already!
queen_of_ocd
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Three points for me :)

Almost everything sounds great! (Stomach flu - not so much.) The Charles Schulz museum would be so fun. Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown is a good movie. :)
rusalkatrix
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
So a baby gave you stomach flu? Vile little creature!

All in all, though, sounds like a pretty good vacation. :)
lkmadigan
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Technically, at 2.5, he's a toddler.

And to be fair, I'm sure our son has unwittingly passed along a variety of squicky illnesses to visiting family members over the years.

Children are walking, talking petri dishes. Your revulsion is natural.
onegrapeshy
Sep. 7th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe we'll be cell mates. I have quite a few pirated userpics myself. :)
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