Firstly, thanks to all of you for your concerned e-mails. It's so amazingly cool to know that if I don't write anything for a while, there are people who are actually concerned for my well-being. It means a lot to me. You people rock.
Anyway, speaking of rocking, the reason that I haven't posted in awhile is because the BossLady and I have been in the south of France for a week, attending the rock-star wedding of two of our closest friends. It was an absolutely amazing trip. Our days were spent walking along the beaches of the Riviera, wandering from port to port, basking in the Mediterranean sun, and eating luxurious 3-hour lunches all along the coastline. At night, we ate long dinners with friends, gambled in Monte Carlo or stayed up late into the night drinking wine.
We stayed at a beautiful hotel in St. Jean Cap-Ferrat, possibly the most beautiful port on the entire French Riviera. And the wedding was one of the most incredible celebrations I've ever attended. The ceremony and the reception party were held at Villa Ephrussi, the private Riviera estate and gardens of the Rothschild family. Guests for the wedding flew in from all over the world. It was seriously like a U.N convention. I think the guests who came the farthest were either from Singapore or Saudi Arabia. But most of the guests were either from California, Europe or Hong Kong. It was really an incredible collection of interesting people from around the world and I enjoyed not only seeing many old friends again but also making many new ones along the way.
But as great as the trip was, I really missed my daughter. We left her at home in the care of the nanny, my brother and my parents. She had a great time and was spoiled rotten by all her caretakers. Although I was a nervous wreck the first few days being away from her, I knew that she was in good hands and was having the time of her life. She's such an easy-going girl and has always been so independent and charming. That made leaving her at home a little easier.
I don't regret not bringing the Peanut on this vacation. BossLady and I needed the break. I've been running at a pretty high stress level at work for the past few months and I needed some time to decompress and maybe start thinking about a new career. Also, the traveling wasn't easy due to all the stopovers, time changes and multiple modes of transport. It would have messed with the Peanut's routine too much. But most importantly, I'm glad we didn't bring the Peanut so BossLady and I could have some much-needed time alone together sans enfant!
But man, I missed the Peanut. And despite the overall success of this vacation, I don't think I'll ever leave my little girl at home again. It was just too hard being away from her. There were times when I missed her with every fiber of my being. In the future, I want to incorporate her into my travels and expose her to the world out there. So from now on, no matter how tough it's going to be, I'm bringing her with me.
Because, for me, home really is where the Peanut is.