Monday, September 27, 2004


I met Leese and her boys yesterday. An hour before we were to meet, Emily feel sound asleep. She woke up yesterday morning with a stuffy nose, so the impromptu nap wasn’t a complete surprise, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t bring her along. I didn’t dare wake her up though—she was in dire need of extra sleep.

On Saturday evening, Leese called me & suggested we meet at a play area inside a mall that’s fairly close to Em’s grandparents house and also close to her house. I was glad she chose an indoor location with air conditioning, because it was HOT yesterday.

I arrived about 10 minutes late (couldn't find parking) and after scanning the moms in the play area, started to panic a little bit, thinking to myself, “Oh my God, I’m not going to recognize Leese!”. But when she & the boys showed up about 2 minutes after I did, we each recognized each other immediately. The boys (really Leese) brought a little bucket of Mrs. Fields cookies for Emily—it was so sweet!

(Aside: Fast Forward: When Em saw the bucket on the table after she woke up, she asked whose it was. I told her it was hers and she got so excited! She carried it around with her for the rest of the afternoon.)

I was inexplicably nervous about meeting a fellow blogger. The entire time we were chatting, I was fidgeting and picking at my cuticles, though after about a minute with Leese it was clear I had nothing to be nervous about. She is open, warm, pleasant, and not a republican. (heehee) We had a nice visit and I’m looking forward to seeing her & the boys again the next time Em and I go to San Jose—maybe I’ll even get to meet Stanks next time.

My impressions:

Jacob, the older son, is a comfortable child. He’s at ease with himself, very easygoing, polite, and self-contained. He is the one who handed me the cookies. When Leese said to the boys that they could go play, he bounded out of the double stroller so fast I thought he was going to knock it over. Very cute.

David, the younger, is a small boy (though looking at his mom, it’s no surprise—she’s pretty petite, too), but he’s a ball of fire. This kid is not going to let anyone get in the way of what he wants. His size notwithstanding, he’s totally capable of staking his claim and holding it as his own.

The are both handsome, polite boys, and despite their disappointment that I Emily wasn’t there, they accepted the change of plans graciously. I was impressed.

Leese is lovely—She’s teeny; don’t pay any attention to her Saturday post where she said she gained 6 lbs. I don’t know where she put it or where she’d lose it from. She is prettier than the picture on Jay’s party, more animated than I was expecting (she didn’t sit still for more than a minute at a time, then again, given the situation we were in with the boys in a mall playground, I can’t say I’d have sat still either!), and she has absolutely the most thick, luxurious hair I’ve ever seen.

We talked a little bit about fellow bloggers, but not much. Mostly we talked about what we had each been doing all weekend and chit chatted a little bit about politics. The visit was too short.

I’m looking forward to meeting up with her & the boys again in a less crowded place next time so we can talk easier, and with Emily in tow so the kids can all play together. I’m sure there will be a next time, and I’m betting I won’t be quite so nervous then; after having met her, it’s clear that there’s no need.

Apology to our blogger friends: Neither Leese nor I remembered our cameras. We're sorry. Next time, I promise!