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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Blast Off


So, I'm going to Houston on Thursday, New York on Saturday, An Undisclosed Foreign Location* with my family from Sunday to Thursday, and then to New Orleans on Friday.

Consequently, my desk is covered with lists. Lists of things to do, buy, pack, remember, write and delegate, in an ink scrawl that barely makes sense to me, but is nonetheless INK: indelible, decisive, committed.

Respect the list, people.

Only, people don't, and today's list was completely subverted by them. Including my own child, who developed a rash that the school nurse thought could be infantigo. I thought maybe he's just busted out with false eyespots, like certain caterpillars, and neither of us should be taken in by them so quickly, but she insisted a doctor look at it. And the bank, who needed a few more hours alone with my money before I could have my turn with it. And the pediatric clinic nurse, who rescheduled my son's appointment, telling me, "Trust me, you do not want to bring your child in here today. You'll leave with something much worse.**"

I came this close to getting Very Crabby. Then I realized that these are all pretty delightful problems, compared to others we've had. Okay, the infatigo is not so very delightful. But it, and everything else, could suck much worse.

*I'll tell you this: it's cold and french. And I'll be blogging about it all next week. Les bons temps, they will roulez. Perhaps literally, down a steep mountainside. Stay tuned.

**Jennifer points out that we would do well to apply this warning to big box stores. Smart lady, and not one to be taken in by fake eyespots.

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Blogger Shelley said...

Your nurse/cousin wonders if you mean impetigo? Nice to know list-making runs in the family! :-)

3:49 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I was also wondering about infantigo/impetigo, but I decided I like infantigo better. I'm going to use it from now on.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Smiling Mama said...

I'm all about lists, too. Let us know if you ever figure out how to get every one else to "respect the list" -- life would be so much easier :)

6:42 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm pretty sure infantigo and impetigo can be used interchangeably. I had impetigo (what my mother called it) when I was a little girl. Terrible.

"Respect the list, people," made me laugh out loud.

Good luck with the lists, and have a wonderful time!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Alyson said...

I have no comments on your children and illness thereof. I do, however, have a comment on New Orleans - and that is, can I come too? Pretty please? I'm an excellent tour guide and I'm jealous. I was more jealous when I thought you were going THIS Friday, because that means Mardi Gras...but still sufficiently jealous about next Friday.

Have a great time. Eat at Port of Call.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Jennifer H said...

Add play areas at fast food joints to the list. ;-)

I'm madly jealous of your travel plans - can't even make myself downplay jealousy as its fairer cousin, envy. While you're away, maybe I'll grow as a person.

May all spots - real or false - disappear before you leave. Bon voyage! (told you that was my job)

10:51 PM  
Blogger Jennifer H said...

I meant to add that Mom 2.0 sounds like it's going to be a great time. And only two states away - wish I was going! If there's a webcast of your presentation, will you post it?

11:00 PM  
Blogger Kyran said...

You say impetigo, I say infantigo, let's call the whole rash off...

I think they're the same thing. Some kind of non-flesh eating bacterial infection? We'll see this morning.

Alas, all of New Orleans will be fasting for Lent by the time I get there. But I plan to eat beignets even if it does put my soul in peril.

Jennifer, I'm real excited about Mom 2.0 (especially since I don't think I'll make Blogher this year). I'm hoping I'll get a chance to post about it in more detail from Houston.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Neil said...

Have fun and drink a lot of water. And be friendly. And smile. And cross at the green, not in between.

7:04 AM  

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