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About me: I'm a 40-something mother to a pickle party of a family. My husband Chuck, our tween Junior, our 6-year-old Everett, our toddler Cam, and I live in a town in Connecticut I affectionately call Mulletville Lite (aka my childhood hometown). My friends call me Nutjob, and they're right. In my husband's spare time he dresses up as a Viking and chases ghosts (and I'm the nutjob?). I'm a freelance graphic designer and writer.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

This time it's for real. Really

So today’s the day I leave for my trip. I got so many supportive send offs on Tuesday, but I, um, wasn’t leaving just then. I was just doing the mental prep work.

If this somehow feels anticlimactic—like you broke the champagne bottle on my blog and now I’m hanging around to help you clean up the glass—you can send me hate mail.

I won’t be here to get it.


Since yesterday was my last day at work, everyone wanted to know where I was going. But first they wanted to stand around the water cooler and guess. Apparently my coworkers have mistaken me for someone who tans, has disposable cash and enjoys having large mice that wear clothes wave to me from pretend castles.

“Nope! Not the Bahamas. Not Vegas. And certainly not Disneyland*," I announced. "I'm going to Baltimore, Maryland!”

The room fell silent.

“Why there?” someone wailed.

I didn't realize my coworkers had so much riding on my vacation. But that's the way it is when one of you breaks free: You're all riding the wave. And if the wave is small and tame, well, you can always hope Claire from accounting goes to the Caribbean again and shares the pictures of her and her girlfriend doing body shots (personally, I thought they were tacky).

“Just because!” I said.

And it’s true. I’m going to Baltimore just because my best friend went to college there and wants to revisit some of her old haunts, and we’re going to a baseball game. We could be going to fricken Sheboygan for all I care. All I want from this trip is to:

1) Eat at a restaurant—sitting down the whole time

2) Sleep past 6:30 a.m.

That's it. Well, it'll also be nice to know that my friend can bathe herself and use the bathroom alone. Unless we bust out the tequila. Then I gander we may be heading back towards square one.


* Don't get all Mickey-Schmicky on me. I'll suck it up and take the kid there one day. In 2168.


kyooty said...

enjoy it, enjoy that freedom! it's short but worth it

Missy said...

I am so very jealous. My last vacation was with the kids while hubby stayed home. I was ready to rip my hair out by the time we got home. Hubby was nice and relaxed.

My idea of a perfect vacation... For hubby to take the girls out of town for a week, while I stay home. Yeah, I know I am dreaming.

Mrsbear said...

Sleeping past 6:30 sounds dreamy. Ditto with eating an entire meal sitting down and not having to take anyone to the restroom the minute your food gets there or having to tell anyone to stop throwing their utensils on the floor or scowl at their sisters or...sorry, I think I was projecting. Enjoy the trip guilt free.

Brandy said...

that's so exciting!!! i would take a vacation in my own house if I had it all to my self for a weekend!

Kate said...

Have fun!! I am soooooo very envious.

Suzi said...

Have Fun! Good luck sleeping past 6:30, you may have been cursed with that wake up due to junior. I still have a hard time getting past that with a 5, 6, & 7 yr. old.

Oh, but if alcohol is involved you won't have any problems. Enjoy your me time.

Anne said...

Baltimore sounds dreamy (anyplace where you can choose what time to wake up is dreamy). It won't matter where you go as long as you have fun with your friend. Have a great time.

Sapphire said...

Oh that is too funny!
Have fun and do not let that guilt sneak back up on you for a second. I understand needing to be assured and reassured and reassured again!
Have a great time, okay? OKAY!!!!

Keely said...

Heh, your co-workers are funny. And clearly don't have young children. Personally, I'm a very unattractive shade of green right now.

blognut said...

Have a great time. I am vacationing vicariously through you, so try to do something a little bit wild, too.

C.B. Jones said...

"2) Sleep past 6:30 a.m."

I'm always on vacation then.

GreenJello said...

Uninterrupted eating is a marvel. But I find that my body is so used to waking up early, I can't sleep in anymore! Wah!!!!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Enjoy beautiful Maryland! I hear they let you sleep AT LEAST until 6:45 there!

♥Trina♥ said...

Hope you had a great time in Baltimore. We went there several years ago because Hubby had a meeting. We stayed almost right across from the Orioles stadium. They were playing in town all weekend long, but we didn't get to go to a game. :( Hope you get/got some delicious Maryland crab cakes. YUM!

Jeanne said...

Sounds fun to me -- have a great one!

How to Party with an Infant said...

I just got back from my trip, visiting my old haunts. Enjoy!

Leanne said...

I love Mickey, but I'd love getting away ANYWHERE with my girlfriend and no family more. Enjoy!

The Mother said...

And WHY would you have to promise to take the kid there?

He'll grow up, and then he can go shoot Tequila for himself.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Hope you had a great time and not too bad of a Tequila hangover... ;)

Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day! :)

Kate Burton said...

Screw Mickey, have a great time!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

reason 1 and 2 seem so great to me!!! And, the bathroom self-sufficiency totally clinches the deal!