November 1, 2005

Long Weekend Debrief

You know what the downside of taking a day off is? The deluge of crap you end up having to deal with first thing in the morning. And when I opened up my email, I opened up the floodgates. I had to flag about two out of every three email messages for follow-up. I hate to follow-up. But it was all worth it for such a wonderful weekend.

On Friday, the in-laws invited Beth, Mia and I out to dinner. One of our favorite restaurants was closing for good so we had to get one last meal in. I was really apprehensive about taking Mia out to eat. You know those people who bring their screaming kids into restaurants then just let them sit there and scream? I hate those people. And I don't want to become one of those people, inflicting my child on everyone else. I've gotta say, though, Mia was pretty good.

Continuing to live on the edge, we woke up Saturday and took Mia to the mall. I think Beth is secretly trying to pass on her own shoe obsession early but a new wing of the mall opened up and I wanted to check it out. Again, Mia was awesome. Sunday and Monday were a bit more relaxing, although yesterday we were able to get out for lunch. After which I replaced the kitchen faucet while Mia and Beth looked on. I hate doing plumbing work. Mia learned some new vocabulary words.

Now you're all caught up. I must do the same. I've gotten email requesting my presence in meetings, input on several documents, budget information on my's only a matter of time before I get a request for my left testicle. And frankly, that's where I draw the line.

Posted by Chris at November 1, 2005 8:00 AM

How about your right testicle? And maybe you should just stop drawing lines on your body, Chris.

Posted by: jen at November 1, 2005 8:03 AM

Also, guest blogging to do.

Posted by: autumn at November 1, 2005 8:18 AM

And yesterday??? Mia-the-Elephant??? Did you keep count of the fifty-kajillion people who talked about how adorable she was???

My little one was a duck. However - apparently she looked chicken-ish. "Awww... Look at the chicken!" It's a duck, people. A f'in duck!

Posted by: Steph at November 1, 2005 8:34 AM

I am with you about people who take their screaming kids out to eat. Just so happens my youngest was one of those kids. Killed my eating out. Thankfully hes much better these days.

Posted by: Angelia at November 1, 2005 8:45 AM

Thank God your left testicle wasn't in the list of everydau objects, the things we reach for each day. I have a hard enough time with my somewhat vivid imagination without that going through it too.

Oh wait, crap it's in there now anyway.

Must... go... wash... brain!

Posted by: Jeff A at November 1, 2005 9:14 AM

We are all going to pretend that I didn't spell everyday wrong in that last comment!

Posted by: Jeff A at November 1, 2005 9:15 AM

i find that eventually those little flags in my email fail to matter. if i wait long enough.

Posted by: jodi at November 1, 2005 9:39 AM

Glad you had a nice weekend. Have fun catching up; I'll be doing the same today!

Posted by: Fraulein N at November 1, 2005 9:52 AM

Yeah, those kids that scream in restaurants, malls, IKEA for example-Just scream back at them. I did that at IKEA-looked right at the kid, screamed, and that was the end of that. I must say, it was VERY effective. Plus it makes parents actually do something about their screaming kid. Anywho...just curious as to what 'new vocabulary words' Mia has learned? And did she get tons of candy in her Elephant costume?!?

Posted by: Michelle at November 1, 2005 10:21 AM

Jen's comment made me splurt water out my nose. I have to agree. At least until you don't need it anymore.

Posted by: Theresa at November 1, 2005 10:28 AM

Which vocabulary words were those, HMMMMM, Dad?

(Although, I have no room to talk. I still have to seriously concentrate not to use those in front of Captain Stinky too.)

Posted by: Queen of Ass at November 1, 2005 10:31 AM

You know, when I was little, my parents just didn't take us anywhere. We rarely went to stores, and we certainly didn't go to restaurants until we were older. I always wondered why back then, but now, it makes perfect sense to me...

Anyway, I don't mind if I hear a little bit of a kid's crying (they all tend to do it, after all), but I guess the thing that bugs me more than anything is when the parents refuse to DO anything about it. Even taking them to the car or bathroom would make me happy. Just showing a little effort to consider the people around you goes a long way, in my book.

Posted by: Spring at November 1, 2005 10:34 AM

Meetings suck. I mean, really suck. I remember when I was new to the "adult-job world" and I was so anxious to be important and get to go to lots of meetings. After my first meeting? Yeah, I was dreaming of being back in college where I could wear my pajamas to lectures and then sleep through them.

Good luck today.

Posted by: Isabel at November 1, 2005 10:56 AM

i find that a great way to keep your inbox from filling up while you are out for the day is to set the following as you out of office reply:

We apologize, but your message was not unable to be sent. The recipient, , is no longer accepting messages with the letter 'T' in them. Please change all 'T''s to lower case 'z''s and try again. Thank You.

That tends to keep people from sending more than one email.

Posted by: steph at November 1, 2005 11:15 AM

There you go with Mia's first public appearances. She didn't cause mobs at the restaurant or the mall, did she? I can see a swarm of people following you guys around, "That baby is sooo cute!".

Posted by: Oakley at November 1, 2005 11:47 AM

Vocabulary rocks!

So does having a well-behaved kid and being able to take them to restaurants and the mall. The more I took mine out, the better they behaved, by the way. I'm not saying it works for everyone, but in my case, it did.

Good luck with your work-load today! That is why I never take a day off. Hardly ever anyway.

Posted by: Ms. Q at November 1, 2005 11:55 AM

Good luck. With catching up, I mean. Not about fielding out the request for the left testicle. ;)

Posted by: VirgoJen at November 1, 2005 12:15 PM

Wow. It'd be interesting to search your blog and see how often your left nut is mentioned. It seems like a lot to me...

Posted by: Heather at November 1, 2005 12:42 PM

It's usually easy to take the kid out at this age, give it 6 months, you will be picking up your order and taking it home to eat. Enjoy restaurants while you still can! Ahh crap, I just turned into one of those lame advice giving parents...

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