Friday, April 06, 2007

197

Wow! I just noticed that I have 197 posts on this blog. Now, I know I need to deduct a few that are drafts and have never been published, but still, how do you commemorate your 200th post? Any ideas? Should I be registered somewhere?

So today I finally got a chance to catch up a little in the blog'verse after a busy week which started with an unexpected trip to Modesto. My friend Julie has been up visiting with her mother. Recently diagnosed with kidney cancer, my friend's mom had some complications during a marathon surgery to remove one kidney. After talking on the phone with her on Saturday, I conferred with Paul, who agreed that a trip was in order. Sometimes you just need a friend.

It was a pretty quick turnaround trip with a five hour drive up there on Sunday and a seven hour drive coming home on Tuesday. (Do not ask; I don't come across well in the telling.) In between, we spent some time in the hospital, went to see Blades of Glory--it was either that or Wild Hogs--and made necklaces and bracelets at a bead store.

Of course, one frustration was I had the wrong cable to connect to the internet in my hotel room. I had some banking and blogging to do and was not able to accomplish either. Once I got home, my best intentions to catch up were waylaid by play dates, working in Marley's class and, as I mentioned somewhere, my new status as "Go To Girl" for the yearbook. (The fact that there is an elementary school yearbook is somewhat exasperating to me.) The deadline was today and while I was initially asked to help with some camera-to-computer image transfers, apparently I have a talent for photo collage. I was happy to help (and nicely thanked with some Trader Joe's products) but it kept me away even longer. The blog'verse should take comfort in the fact that I picked it over my checking account. As of this posting, my Google reader is clear of new posts but my bills still haven't been paid. The blogosphere is my master.

So, today, Colin had no school and Marley had a half-day. Next week they both have Spring break. Both of them are way past ready to have a reprieve from the weekly routine. Every day Marley complains about going to school and we've taken to putting on what amounts to a dog and pony show to elicit her cooperation. Portable DVD player in the car on the way to school, promises of taking her out to lunch, dangling picking up a friend on the way to school. Is it the best parenting technique? I doubt it; but, I can tell you it is the most expedient. Today we had to up the ante: a trip to Color Me Mine, a ceramics painting store. She was extra fussy, whining about not feeling good. Her back hurt. Her neck hurt. Her throat was sore. We told her to call us if she still didn't feel well and Paul took her to school. We were certain she would be fine once she got there. Um, guess what? She is sick. The school office called about 40 minutes before she was supposed to get home. She'd gone to the office and they'd taken her temperature. 102 degrees. Why thank you, I'm thrilled to be receiving yet another "D'oh!" parenting award. I have quite a few of them lined up on the mantelpiece.

In the middle of all this, I have in the back of my mind my application for grad school. I can go online and check the status. They have me listed under my maiden name. This worries me because the transcript with the good grades had my married name on it. I hope they put it all in the right file. So far, the admissions status page is telling me my application is still incomplete. However, it no longer tells me that I need college transcripts. It all makes me a little fidgety. Part of me is planning on mh being a student in the Fall and part of me is worried about being accepted. Keep your fingers crossed, pray, think good thoughts--whatever you do, please do it for me. I think I'm ready for this school thing.



Oh, one more thing: I've updated my Scenic View link in my sidebar. Atypical of nonsensical text pointed it out me and it is a four hanky story. (If you have any post you think needs a special shout out, let me know; I'll make it a Scenic View.)

P.S. I just read this post by Halushki's sister. It is the absolutely funniest post involving a goat I've ever read. A must read. Really. You have to go read it. Right now.

11 comments:

Alpha DogMa said...

I suppose Marley would not take any lesson or humour from a Boy Who Cried Wolf comment? Probably no, as sick children tend to be so humourless.

200 - I believe that'll be your Tendonitis Anniversary?

"Do not ask; I don't come across well in the telling." Made me laugh out loud. Oh, do tell. PLEASE!

metro mama said...

The waiting is horrible, isn't it?

They take forever to update those things. Don't hesitate to call them and confirm they have everything.

Get to know the department secretary--she will be your best friend.

Mel said...

Ohhh...but it's all so close to being where it needs to be. I'm with whoever said 'ring the department secretary'....make them your bestest friend and offer them chocolate! (works with my secretary!)

Welcome back, btw....

bubandpie said...

Such a good feeling, isn't it, getting through that backlog of posts after a weekend away?

MarillaAnne said...

hmmm 197 ... let's think about this because I'm at 165 ... and I think we ought to get some sort of recognition ... demand it even ... from the blogiverse ... the least we could do is hmmm ... OH we need a BADGE ... of course ... this calls for a BADGE

hmmm ok blame it on the brain fog ... it's lifting but things are still quite hazy ...

have fun!

daisies said...

you should celebrate for sure : )

my four (FOUR) year blog birthday is in july and strangely enough having just taken a look, i'm at 797 ;-)

yikes.

hugs!

meredith said...

Whenever someone says don't ask, well, it makes me want to ask :)
Don't be too hard on yourself about Marley, I hope she's better, and I think we've all sent a "might be getting sick child" to school at least once.

Aliki2006 said...

I'll be keeping my fingers so very crossed for you and your application!

Em said...

I have a few of those "doh" parenting awards myself...

atypical said...

Okay, it's about time for 198 already. And since so many of us asked, you could make it the amusing tale of "Mary not looking good and adding two hours to her homeward journey."

It is even bread day today, so that could be the desolation part of the deal. ;)

Terri B. said...

Did that extra two hours on the return involve a musical instrument pickup for your husband?