And the chores! All this going away and coming back stuff is very entertaining, but the amount of laundry generated by one 2-night camping trip times 4 people plus 1 ever-smoking campfire is really quite extraordinary. (You need an ever-smoking campfire when you're camping in Bodega Bay in August, meaning the fog is so thick it falls like misty rain and the high reaches 60 degrees if you're lucky.)
I think I'm going to go to bed radically early tonight. I think that every day at 7 a.m., then again at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Then by 8:30 p.m., once Elan is FINALLY asleep (bedtime takes forever these days), I think: I'll just clean up and take care of a few things for the morning. And then -- boom! -- it's 10:30 and I haven't started getting ready for bed yet.
But it's 7:30, so I'm still optomistic: maybe tonight I'll be asleep by 9 p.m. What heaven that would be...