What a nice week! Christmas has once again come and gone, but the house still feels cheery and we played tourist today, so I’m in a good mood.
We drove over the bridge to snap a few photos in front of the Hotel del Coronado’s giant Christmas tree. There were a lot of people crammed into the lobby with the very same idea, but we forged ahead and enjoyed a short walk through the downstairs shops as well.
My favorite of those is Babcock & Story Emporium. Since I am not usually alone when I go to Coronado, I never have quite enough time in this store! The shelves are jam-packed with the sweetest things – little birds and baubles and dishes and soaps and carved wood this and that.
The prices always seem prohibitively, touristy high at first glance, but I am convinced I can find sale items with more time to scout them out. Hey, wait a minute! Now that I think about it, it’s torture to go there! Someday I will drive back by myself and spend all the time I like. 😀
This afternoon, I was on high alert with the little boy and his gotta-touch-everything instincts. He’s VERY into candles this month. Sensory thing – has to smell them all. And I mean all. Babcock & Story has a lot. 😐
He dropped a big glass candle jar at Vons on Christmas Eve. Had it been a preferred scent, I might have taken the damned thing home and peeled the broken glass from around the wax. But no, he had to break a stinky one – pine or something. I put it in the cart and tried to pay for it, but the store manager checked me through and wouldn’t take my money. Thank you, Vons Manager. My kid and I owe you one.
Back to playing tourist…
After paying $15 (ouch) for a two-hour stay in the hotel parking lot, we bid adieu to the Christmas Tree and made our merry way to Old Town’s Casa Guadalajara for Mexican food. Culture! Color! Melted cheese! Who could ask for anything more? Free parking? You got it!
I ordered the same combo plate I order at every Mexican restaurant I visit: a chili relleno, a cheese enchilada with salsa verde, and vegetarian black beans with lettuce and tomato instead of rice. Delicioso! Guadalajara makes a spicy chili relleno. I always forget that and for a few minutes I can’t get enough iced tea. It is this meal that makes me know I can never be a vegan. God help me. Poor cows. Poor my stomach. It’s a LOT of cheese.
Anyhoo, after we finished lapping up our puddles of yummy, we walked across the parking lot to the Bazaar del Mundo shops. This is one of my favorite places the day after Christmas. Bazaar del Mundo is always a feast for the eyes and a boost for the shopper’s soul, but on this day it’s holiday sparkly and full of half-price fun.
The little boy picked out this enormous green ball for just $3.00:
and I added a pink armadillo to my tin ornament collection:
Pink armadillo. Heh heh. He’s funny, right? I love him. LOVE him!
Oh my, I am suddenly so sleepy.
Grammy and Grandpa turned in two hours ago, not far behind the little boy. Husband is down the hall, getting hopelessly lost in his new video game and I am wondering why we’ve both kept our eyes open so late into the night. It’s 11:29. Husband has to work tomorrow. I’d better go rescue him while it’s not too late to put our heads on the pillows today, instead of tomorrow.
And Happy Sunday!
P.S. I have missed you and I will be back to regular writing sometime this week.