I have been terrible about updating the blog, as I have been working on the web-site and trying to prepare for our next move! At any rate, last week was very, very good for us!
On Wednesday, I went out with the spouse of another FSO and we investigated a local mall. Not for shopping, really, as you won't find the neat Icelandic handicrafts in a mall, but to check out the produce at the Hagkaup and well, just get out of the house!
So, Caitlin stayed with Pete at the Embassy and helped him. It was a "Take Your Daughter To Work" day of sorts, since she had never really been able to participate before. "Here, honey, hold my radio while I cuff this criminal". Yeah, wouldn't go over to well with some, I am sure.
They had a great time while Kelsey and I discovered Kringlan.
I had not actually been to this mall before and while we were ordering lunch in the food court, my guide pointed out a play area. It looked just like the sort of play area one would find in Chuck E. Cheese, but very new. We went inside to investigate and lo and behold, you can pay these people to watch your kids!
You drop off your children, they get a "leash" and nametag and you get a cell phone (if you don't have one), so they can reach you in case of emergency. Well, I signed Kelsey up and that was that! She gave me a kiss good-bye and ran off to play. We then perused the produce section of Hagkaup (definitely the best and even better than the Smarlind Hagkaup), checked out some of the local stores (price gawking is always in) and walked around to see what else was there.
Not too much, so after getting Kelsey, the happiest child on the planet, we went off to Mosfellsbaer to Alafoss, a shop known for their handicrafts and wool for knitting. We found a nice gift for Nonni's birthday, petted some horses and decided to hit the bakery or bakari.
I had a great cappucino and Kelsey politely and neatly inhaled a chocolate frosted doughnut. On our way back to the Embassy, we stopped at Madur Lifandi (not really spelled correctly, but I don't have an Icelandic keyboard!). Great organic products, if not a little bit pricey a la Whole Foods, but at least it is there if you need it. Kelsey took this opportunity to nap and impress our friend even more by falling asleep without a whimper (and waking up without one!).