Beth has been home exactly 17 days after her whirlwind 6 weeks of “fashion week.” She spent her first several days home, in exile in her bedroom completely clearing out 18 years worth of clutter, clothes, dolls, posters and everything else a pack rat accumulates over time. She now says her room feels more like a hotel than a bedroom. But she’s happy with the lack of clutter and chaos. I have plans to spackle the 4 million holes that have accumulated since the last time we redid her room, just 1.5 years ago and repaint it a softer, less pink color. I do want her to have a peaceful room she can retreat into during her short visits at home, in-between her trips around the world. Maybe that will keep her from moving to New York too soon.
She also spent some time with friends. She was able to reconnected with an old friend, Grace, that was home for spring break. And she spent lots of time with her BFF Lena, mostly going out to eat, driving around aimlessly and shopping.
She had a shopping list of items that we needed to get for her upcoming travels. We found most of the items she wanted but there are still a few elusive items that we will need to keep an eye out for. She got a new luggage set from her Grandparents for her b-day, our last set slightly disintegrated on the trip home from Europe. She also got a whole slew of new clothes from H&M that will be great for future castings, also for her b-day but from her other Grandparents. The clothes fall into line with Beth’s new look that the agency has assigned her; very fitted and all black with a hard edge. Nothing pretty, flowing or Spring looking for this upcoming trip. Its very hard not to be tempted by the pretty clothes in the store. She also got a new pair of Tom’s shoes (in black of course) and a new pair of Converse (also in black) both of those and her combat boots will make up her shoes for this trip to London, along with a few pairs of heels thrown in for the castings. Beth was also on the lookout for a slightly stylish black backpack to carry around her heels and portfolio. We finally found what she was looking for at Nordstrom’s, who knew that Mark Jacobs designed a backpack? Unfortunately, at almost $200 it was a bit out of our budget. Well maybe next year…
We also got to celebrate Beth’s 18th b-day while she was home, we had a big family party at one Grandparents house, then a smaller family party at her other Grandparents. We also got to have our regular crepe breakfast on her b-day. She had plenty of time to see family while she was home, even having overnights with almost all of her cousins; Annie, Nina and all 3 Burley girls.
There were also dentist, orthodontist and Dr. appointments that needed to be done. While we were able to get most of that taken care of the Dr. appointment was missed by 1 day and needs to be rescheduled. She also has a possible broken tooth that will have to be dealt with in a month when she comes home. I thought scheduling all of her various Dr. appointments was difficult before, now with her limited time at home it’s just about impossible.
On her last night in town Karen, our neighbor and Beth’s BFF since she was 4 years old, came over for a sleepover and movie night. The girls watched Princess Diaries 1 and 2. Beth had to be prepared just in case she met the Queen during her trip to London. And what better way to prepare than by watching the royal lessons in the Princess Diaries. Unfortunately, Beth will be flying home on the day of the Royal Wedding so she is missing her chance at seeing William and Kate and the royal wedding procession as it makes it’s way to Westminster Abbey.
Todays schedule includes packing for her month in London, picking up a new sketch book at the store and getting to the airport by 4pm. Her cell phone has been turned back on for international travel, and I think we have maybe figured out how to use Google Voice for free international texting and low cost long distance calls. Plus she has finally got Skype working on her computer so hopefully that will actually work with video for this whole trip. We bought a couple electrical converters so she is able to charge her phone and computer. She also has a pocket map of London and a map of the tube (the London subway) along with a travel guide just in case she gets to do some sightseeing. She really wants to see Big Ben and sit on the clock hands just like Peter Pan, I don’t think that’s part of the regular tour, though.
I think we are as prepared as we can possibly be and I don’t even feel like I’m going to throw up, well at least not yet.