March 23, 2006

A little randomness

I can't seem to get my thoughts organized into a coherent post today. As much as I keep prodding them and pushing them, they keep expanding / escaping / resisting all my efforts. So, I give up. Herewith, a random, disorganized post.

*I just returned from taking my tax information over to my accountant. He wasn't there, which is just fine with me. On the way back, I purchased a DVD to watch with the children: My Neighbor Totoro (link to review). I'm told that the animation is so equisite that it looks as if it was painted. Very excited, I am.

*The Viking Bride fled the state yesterday for meetings in Rhode Island. Before leaving, she attempted to poison the minds of the children against Rhode Island. They requested that she return with toys and she responded that Rhode Island was completely devoid of toys. A desert of toys, as it were. She's hoping that in 15 years time when the Girl Child hears the name "Rhode Island" she will have a negative reaction to the place and not know why. I ask you, dear readers, is it any wonder that I am as warped as I am after spending over 20 years with this woman?

*As a result of her leaving for meetings in RI, I had the kids to myself last night. If I was restricted to one word to describe how it all went, after a really shitty day at work yesterday, I would have to say: Bliss. Pure bliss, if two words. We read five stories and then tumbled around like kittens, cuddling, tickling, trying to squish Pappa, all with no one getting hurt, especially me. They listened like angels and the Boy Child went to bed without a peep. The Girl Child, on the other hand, was allowed secretly to stay up. We cuddled on the couch and watched a little pre-season baseball. She told me that I had to watch a lot of baseball when she grows up so I can see her because she's going to be a baseball player when she grows up. On the weekends, though, she says she's going to work in a restaurant as a chef but she's not going to tell me what she'll be cooking. Well, at least she has a strong work ethic, which I like.

*We have hired a new nanny. The old nanny does not know. Expect tears and recriminations when we hand her a plane ticket home. This will be my first time firing a nanny for performance issues. It has been tense, at least for me.

*I have been fighting an urge to flee lately. A desire to load the family in the car, shut the door on the house, start driving and just keep on going. We probably have enough cash to last for a couple of months, I suppose. Or just pack everyone off to the airport and get on the next plane out to anywhere. Well, not anywhere. I don't care for Michigan, so that's out. It is a combination of wanderlust, unhappiness at work, and probably some other stuff which I cannot really identify. Just the same, it looks like our Saturday just freed up. I think this could be the day to just fill the tank and see where the highway leads us without reference to anyone's nap schedules.

*The Viking Bride will travel into the City tonight from the far reaches of Connecticut and we will dine with the CEO and Chairman, and his wife, of a major league, big time, you'd know the name, international company. I'd be less than completely honest if I said I didn't hope that I'd get some business out it.

Ok, that just about wraps it up.

Posted by Random Penseur at March 23, 2006 11:57 AM | TrackBack

Running away from life is an excellent idea. You all have fun. Don't forget, Rhode Island is a no no.

Posted by: Wicked H at March 23, 2006 12:07 PM

Exactly. No toys.

Posted by: RP at March 23, 2006 12:22 PM

Love how you've managed to crush the self-esteem of two states in one fell post! At least one of them wasn't West Virginia. Because in that case, I'd have some ranting to do.

Re: the fleeing thing. Oh, yeah. Although I'm tempted to leave my family in the rear view window.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 23, 2006 12:45 PM

The baseball-playing chef made me laugh out loud.

When I was her age I intended to become hockey player, and train circus animals in the off season.

Posted by: nic at March 23, 2006 04:33 PM

I feel for you on the nanny. I'm interested to hear how that goes. Do you use a service that hires european nannies? My cousin has one from Germany right now who is FANTASTIC. WHEN I get into law school, we might be budgeting for such a thing. It's not terribly more expensive than putting two kids in day care, especially when one of them is special needs to the tune of 50K+ per year.

Very exciting about your wife's meeting tonight. Is it Trump? Have you ever met him? I'm just really curious about that. I would bet quite a bit of money that you've at least met him if not worked with him...but I'm dying to know.

Fleeing is fun, but you would get bored. It's better to flee with a plan. I know...not very spontaneous. But, the runaway plan has its downfalls.

Posted by: Linda at March 23, 2006 06:05 PM

Gosh, no, Linda, not Trump. Never met him and don't know him. No, this guy is not famous at all but his company is a household name, I think.

Posted by: RP at March 24, 2006 10:09 AM

We all still love Totoro at our house. I know that flee feeling. I get it in March every year.

Posted by: Amy at March 24, 2006 12:05 PM

So, what exactly is wrong with Michigan?

Posted by: Gus at March 25, 2006 11:55 PM
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