two weeks ago one of my favorite pals came to stay with us for the week. it was AWESOME to see j, my long-lost alaska travel buddy…so many ridiculous old times to catch up on. i kind of felt like i was on vacation, too, somehow. well, a vacation that included getting lost in familiar territory a few too many times, a hyperactive 7-year-old (damn those hidden sugars!), and the absence of child-free nights on the town. but it was good times, nonetheless! then when j left, my folks rolled into town. the kids loved having grandma and grandpa’s undivided attention, and pants and i appreciated the free babysitting!