“Whatever you like doing, do it!” – Pete Docter, Pixar, via Letters of Note
This weekend was exhausting. That’s the single word I have for it. Saturday morning we got up earlier than we usually do on a weekend; Carter to take Beast to the beach, me to clean up the house for our party. That done, we had a rushed lunch of frozen ravioli and burritos and bundled into the car for his first flying lesson in Hayward.
Rude owner aside, the lesson was one of those uncommon experiences that I’ll always remember. I sat in the back of the Cessna while Carter flew the plane under the auspices of his instructor, an aging but affable man named Bob. Flying in a small plane is nothing at all like being in a commercial jet; for one thing, we didn’t go so high–not over 2,000 feet. Also, everything shakes, and little drops feel like the earth falling out beneath you. I think I enjoyed it…I think?
We headed straight home afterwards to start baking. I remember being so tired that I could hardly concentrate on the cleaning and baking, but it all got done somehow. I had a spare dinner of dumplings and Carter had ravioli (white man dumplings), and our party began a little while after 7. It was relaxed and cozy: just nine people total, and Apples to Apples and the Olympics. And a boatload of fresh cookies and whole milk (and meatballs, for protein). Our last guest left after midnight and we crashed into bed soon after.
Sunday morning, everyone was sluggish. I went with Carter and Beast to the beach, where Beast made a half hearted attempt to roll on the dead seagull he found on the sand, but I chased him off in time and buried the corpse under the wet sand. We didn’t spend much time at the beach, on account of Carter’s birthday gift to me: tickets to the San Francisco Symphony’s concert of music from Pixar films! It was chock full of children but they were well behaved (not to mention: dolled out in the Sunday bests! The little girls were the most adorable in their princess gowns). Pete Docter (quoted above!) introduced the segments, and Sarah Hicks conducted. It was interesting to watch her prompter. I teared up at the Carl & Ellie prologue from Up! as usual.
We spent the rest of the day in a slow, bovine haze. We shopped at the Asian market, watched the Olympics, and I made chili shrimp noodles for dinner.
Tomorrow begins Nano part 2. I didn’t do any planning this time as I had hoped to do, but am still going to attempt it. Everything will be disconnected and God only knows how much useful writing will result, but even a 1,000 words out of 50,000 would be worth it. And I like it, so I’m going to keep doing it.