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Plus I’ve installed a closed-circuit TV system and will be monitoring her online

Today I took AAH to Bónus to stock up on provisions while EPI and I are away. I look upon it as an educational experience: she gets to try out what it’s like to be all grown up and live on her own for two weeks, has to make a shopping list, plan ahead and suchlike.

From what I can ascertain, she plans to subside primarily on ice cream [two separate kinds], bananas, cheese Doritos and lime-flavored Egils Kristall.

Seriously, she cannot wait for us to leave. Her on-again, off-again, now-on-again boyfriend is posed to move in with her for the duration of the time, and as they are riding high on the thrill of their reunion it’s bound to be pretty exciting. We’re just hoping someone’s word is good this time, and we’re don’t mean hers. I’ll say no more.

And just in case anyone is scandalized that we’re leaving our 17-year old daughter at home alone for two weeks — pfft! When I was her age I’d been living on my own for over a year, had grocery shopping aced, had survived two break-ins into my apartment [one in the middle of the night while I was home], had repeatedly tested a sundry of mind-altering substances, had survived the incarceration of one boyfriend and the pathological lies of another, and was intimately acquainted with drug dealers. Compared to me she’s totally sheltered.

SUNSHINE BLUE SKIES

Is what we’re expecting to have in Croatia. Hell, it’s what we’re paying for, isn’t it? And it ain’t going to be cheap … the free-fall of the króna continues and the euro is now at ISK 129, compared to ISK 88 a year ago. The dollar is up to ISK 90 now, compared to ISK 60 a year ago when we were in New York. Happy days. This is the time people – you want to visit Niceland, do it now while it’s cheap! It’s 11°C [52F] with rain, and the sun came up at 6:43 am, set at 8:03 pm.

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  • andrea September 13, 2008, 12:40 am

    I love your disclaimer! It’s all relative, isn’t it? I’m sweating bullets because my not-yet-16 year old is going to a Monday-night concert in the city with his 17 year old friends. You just eased my mind. Thanks.

  • maja September 13, 2008, 6:29 am

    Have fun!

  • PhilippeP September 13, 2008, 7:26 am

    Don’t believe the postcards, sky is always blue and cloudless on them , even in Niceland !!
    Have fun !! This is for the ones taking the trip, and the others with the ice cream and everything staying at home…. 🙂

  • Eyfjord September 13, 2008, 7:29 am

    Bon voyage!! Have a great time!

  • hildigunnur September 13, 2008, 10:00 am

    hehe, my 16-year old was home alone for a week this summer, while her parents were away, not a problem. I had spoken to the guy who lives upstairs, so he would listen and if it sounded like something fishy was going on (like a party run amok, basically) he would intervene. Didn’t happen. Icelandic kids are pretty tough.

  • alda September 13, 2008, 1:04 pm

    Thanks everyone! 🙂

    andrea – I know how you feel … amazing how it always seems more dire when our kids do it, than when we did it.

    hildigunnur – thankfully it’s still pretty safe here … and like you say, there are always lots of people around to monitor things. AAH will have a number of people watching her, no worries!

  • Kate September 13, 2008, 8:41 pm

    Alda, have fun holidays in the sun 🙂

  • Dankoozy September 13, 2008, 11:05 pm

    you’ll have a hard drive full of pr0n when you get back 🙂

  • Foilwoman September 14, 2008, 12:58 am

    Have a great holiday. Your daughter will be fine, especially considering her genetic makeup plus the environment in which she was raised (your genes and training? She’ll be fine).

  • Chris September 15, 2008, 9:46 am

    Have a nice holiday. Croatia is a nice country and your daughtrer will surely do fine, while you are not there. Remindes me of the first time, I was in this situation years ago. Eating pizaa is nice for very few days, afterwards we (actually my brother and me) started to cook for ourself.

  • Rachael September 17, 2008, 11:17 am

    I was in Iceland last weekend (my first visit – I absolutely loved it and I will return), and I was surprised that prices were not as expensive as I was expecting. That must be the exchange rate working in my favour! £1 = about 160 kronur, before I went I was expecting it to be about £1 = 145 kronur. So that was an unexpected plus…

    I didn’t go to Bónus, but I did get to Hagskaup (sp.?) which was very nice indeed. I stocked up on skyr – I love that stuff. I wish I could get it here in the UK.

    Have a wonderful holiday in Croatia!