It’s our last day in Tucson and we’re lounging because we used up all the good ideas in the world. At least that’s what my fatigue is telling me. An argument could also be made that the fatigue is courtesy of a restless baby who would NOT stay asleep last night. I know I’m not exaggerating because he’s napping like he invented it today.

We punched our tourist tickets at Kitt Peak Observatory, the Sonora Desert Museum (javelinas!), Old Tucson and the Airplane Graveyard. I was excited to see “The Boneyard” but had no idea how much envy that destination would stir up amongst my east coast contacts. I spent the first half hour of the tour frantically trying to quiet Alden. He did not enjoy that we were on a slow-moving, confining bus, so he turned the complaining up to 11. The guide was very nice about it and did not let me catch him rolling his eyes once. Fortunately the baby outrage well is not that deep and he settled down for a good gnaw on my knuckle for the duration.

One fun development: As Alden’s babbling becomes more complex he shifts his complaining word. It’s the one thing he says over and over to describe his discontent. It started as “MaMaMaMaMaMa” and then evolved to “MemMemMemMemMem” and now it’s more like “NangNangNangNangNang.” I admit this last one is kind of charming and I might let him fuss just a second longer because of it.

But we didn’t come to Tucson for the tourism, the baby complaints, or the drydrydry air (seriously). We’ve had a dream of a visit with Sarah, who considerately ignored her looming finals for an entire week to humor our desire to hit the bloody mary bar. Sarah and I lived together for about a year before I left Atlanta and it remains remarkably easy for us to slip right back into that communal, comfortable relationship. We’re showing it off right now, as we’re a few feet away from each other and both face down in a laptop. Add in that Damon is across the room on a laptop as well and it makes us thoroughly modern and probably thoroughly annoying. Good think Alden is sleeping.

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35 responses to this post.

  1. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

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  2. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

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  3. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

    Reply

  4. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

    Reply

  5. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

    Reply

  6. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

    Reply

  7. The four of you would fit right in with Lemon and Pete and the chirren and me. We can ignore each other for hours.
    Glad you’re having a great time.

    Reply

  8. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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  9. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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    • You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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    • You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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    • You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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    • You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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    • You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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    • You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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  10. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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  11. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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  12. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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  13. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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  14. I’ve been to the Sonora Desert Museum! I loved watching the prairie dog town.

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  15. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  16. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  17. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  18. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  19. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  20. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  21. My husband and I are also thoroughly modern, and are known to communicate with AIM across the room…

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  22. You should come visit the Bronx Zoo. You can go under their prairie dog exhibit and then pop your head up into little plastic bubbles all through their habitat.

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  23. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

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  24. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

    Reply

  25. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

    Reply

  26. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

    Reply

  27. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

    Reply

  28. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

    Reply

  29. Jaysaint neglects to mention that the only reason that we weren’t four face-down adults ignoring the napping baby (instead of three) is that John was at his sister’s house, introducing his kids to their brand new baby cousin…and no doubt checking his e-mail across the room from his brother-in-law too.
    We are why Robert Putnam feels so anxious, aren’t we? Luckily, I think his argument is Chicken Little nonsense.

    Reply

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