I believe - no, I admit - that at some point Squire made a face about the trip, and I hissed in his ear that I did not want to go, that I was going in order to be kind to Friar, that periodically we do things we don't like in order to be kind, and that the kindness is removed by our bitching about it, and I am going so he's going and I don't want another word about it. I do understand that my saying to him that I don't want to go is fundamentally no different from his saying that he doesn't want to go. I'm balancing my hypocrisy with a little self awareness. That could totally be my epitaph.
To be fair, the person who volunteered to be in charge of preparing and packing the food failed to prepare anything for me other than boiled eggs, which was a large factor in my dampened enthusiasm. Yes okay also we brought bell peppers and tomatoes, but for protein: boiled eggs. Mmmm, really, boiled eggs for lunch dinner and breakfast? That causes brisk rubbing of the anticipatory hands! And heart attacks!
It was 20 degrees below. Celsius, but still: that is cold. Fortunately we were bundled and had many, many pairs of extra socks. Mostly the whole weekend I couldn't get warm. Even when the inside of the cottage was a perfectly reasonable temperature I was generally under a pile of sleeping bags and doing Inward Moaning. However, we also played in the snow, which was very fluffy and unsuitable for snowballs. It was, however, very nice to run in and also to fall down in, which I did quite a bit. Squire made snow angels for his grandmother, who had mentioned them (city snow is unsuitable, as it can contain Surprises), and I took pictures. And that part was a lot of fun, and coming back to the toasty cottage after that part was also a lot of fun. And breaking out the wine and cigarettes and sitting down to play games with a now-crackling fire at our backs, watching the thermostat inside rise while the one outside fell, that was also also fun.
We played every game in the cottage at least once, dried our socks over the stove, and Squire and I started reading "A String in the Harp" (1970s Newbery book), which is very promising. I have some ideas about the 70s and children's literature in the 70s in particular, and the contrast between what Newbery winners reflect and what bestsellers reflect... but I'm really not probably qualified to expound on it without at least a bottle of wine tucked under my belt.
Anyway. How was your weekend? I hope it was also good.