Today I'm in springfield, missouri at my former roommate's house. Yup, she skipped town too. In the same year ms A did! Luckily she only moved four hours away, not ten hours, so we decided to visit. It was a nice drive out, Josie was really good. Yesterday we went to the springfield discovery center because, you know, any town we're in we have to hit the science museums. Marc had been there before, he took Josie here in October or something when I had that dream-of-a-weekend to myself. We ate lunch at the purple burrito and that was really tasty.
I was talking to this girl a few weeks ago who's 23 or something and living with her best friend and they HATE each other now, and I was assuring her that most friendly relationships survive roommate-dom. I mean, P & I always got along okay but towards the end of '06 we both knew I needed a new place to live. Freaking sick of each other would be a better word for that situation. But after a few months of "no we will not call them to go out to dinner" we got back to being friends, and I really missed her when they moved, and it's been a really nice weekend in their new house. Her house is way cleaner than mine ever will be, she has a lovely guest room and the Christmas decorations are still up and her dog is so calm and well behaved (again, unlike mine).
Her little baby is a four-year-old now. It's sort of like a glimpse of my future. This child has a lot to say. It's been funny watching her play with Josie because she assumes Josie can talk, and just maintains totally normal conversations, and Josie's actually doing pretty well following alone and responding with her "Nome. Dah. Der?" Josie's talking is happening very slowly.
Josie loved the new year's eve party with a ton of people, she was showing off and being adorable and we let her drink water out of a plastic champagne glass at midnight and she LOVED carrying it around and giving everyone "cheers". Oh yeah, she was going strong at midnight. That's my crazy kid.
You know what's sad about little kids though? 2012 will be yet another year that she will not remember at all. This party, playing with her new friend, everything we did yesterday, anything we will do this year... it'll all help her be smarter I'm sure and play into some great mysterious game of brain development. That's it.