In hindsight, heading home for a night when there are only a few days left until Thanksgiving was probably a mistake. Going to Rhode Island where there is home cooking and no thoughts of looming due dates only made coming back to Boston that much harder, but I'd say that it was well worth the time to recharge and be ready to push through these last few days before break.
I took Eileen home and showed her the ins and outs of Cumberland. She got a grand tour of the house and a kick out of the old pictures we have hanging up on the refrigerator. My brother had the most adorable chubby cheeks when he was a toddler. They make pictures both cute and hilarious.
Then, of course, we went to Cumberland House of Pizza with my parents. We left them with the check and headed to Providence for some mall time. Little did we know they would stay there for another three hours mingling with the usual Friday night crowd. We actually got home before they did. Lame!
So Eileen bravely entrusted me with her life as I drove into the city. More importantly than going to the mall was a special trip to drive by the New England Pest Control's big blue bug. Eileen had never seen it, so it was a necessary detour. As an added bonus, it was already decked out in its Christmas gear. Needless to say, she was excited.
So we wandered around the mall, drooling over the new winter sweaters and boots. Eileen indulged and bought herself the softest scarf ever made from the Gap. Then we went upstairs and got carded before heading into Dave & Busters, where you have to be 18 years old to go in without a parent. I told the guy we were 2o, but he didn't believe us. Hey, you win some, you lose some.
To top off the weekend, we slept in this morning and woke up to my mom preparing hot tea, warm banana bread and homemade pancakes. Blueberry AND chocolate chip. Oh yes, I'm ready to go home.