Los Angeles, California: Dave and I drove over to El Lay this afternoon to attend a two-day track meet at USC. We checked-into our hotel and then went to see this Little Guy:
We can’t help it – we just want to squeeze, kiss, hug, kiss, cuddle, kiss and dote on Leo. Today Leo impressed us with his clapping skills, his raspberry-blowing skills and his new obsession with trying to “kiss” us. (Or maybe he is just teething?)
I melt every time he looks at me. Leo still loves it when I rock him to sleep (in the Filipino way of standing + rocking + dancing that I used with his mother in Manila 30 years ago) and he still loves it when I sing Janis Joplin.
Oh, Leo, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz…
The kids are in a bit of chaos – in the middle of a move. Boxes are stacked everywhere. Lisa is very organized, so I know things will go smoothly next weekend when the movers come to haul everything to their new home. Trying to get through this next week – half-packed with a baby and all the baby-stuff – will be a challenge… but Grandpa and I will be back to help!
This evening, Dave and I drove across town (in horrid LA traffic!) to the University of Southern California and weaved our way to their seriously pathetic crappy little track stadium for a distance carnival*. Unfortunately the “carnival” portion of the event did not appear and we watched one women’s 5000m and one men’s 5000m race and the meet was over. $8 for parking for that?
But, dang, if it wasn’t a gorgeous night in Los Angeles.
Oregon’s Molly Graybill won the 5000m. Girlfriend clocked consistent 80-second laps to win.
Molly is only 130 seconds PER LAP faster than me!
After the meet, we were quite chilly so headed out towards our hotel and a fabulous dinner at Trattoria Amici. This was our third visit to this lovely spot and I can’t recommend it enough. Right in the middle of a shopping mall – so convenient!
We will be at USC all day tomorrow – so until my next update, I remain, your GO DUCKS correspondent.
*a distance carnival is a track meet featuring long-distance races – usually anything over one mile in length. It is common to have plenty of distance medley relays, and races up to 10,000 meters (approximately 6 miles) on the track.
SLOGGER REPORT: I ran around the block – 4 miles – completing the 16 miles I wanted to run this week. My reward? Two days off!