Monthly Archives: March 2007

WOO HOO!!

I’m leaving in about fifteen minutes to pick Mr. Chili up from the airport!  I have no idea how long he’ll be able to stay at home, but do I care?  NO!  He’ll be here with us where he belongs, and I’ll be happy for it while I have it.

I’ll write more tomorrow.  I hope you’re having a happy Saturday.  I  know MINE just got a whole lot better…

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Cranky

images7.jpegMr. Chili isn’t coming home today. It may well be that we don’t get to have him back until sometime in the middle of next week.

I’m not sure who’s more upset about this, him or us. He’s terribly homesick; when he called yesterday to tell me that a Friday return wasn’t looking likely, he told me that he was surprised by how difficult this trip has been for him. Usually, he’s fine away. Sure, he misses us and would rather be home, but he’s never really been really and truly homesick until now. It doesn’t help that the work is frustrating him (he’s often pegged to put out the fires started by someone who either doesn’t know – or didn’t do – their job) and he’s booked in a teeny-tiny little hole of a hotel room. He’s one of only two people on the project with families at home (the other has a 14 year old who lives with his ex), so no one else is putting a very high priority on flights back to New England. He was so upset about not being able to come back that he had ME tell the girls. I think that breaking the news to them would have made him feel even worse than he already does.

It’s particularly difficult for the girls. They’ve been without Daddy since last Thursday and, even though he calls every morning before they go to school and every evening to read them a chapter or two from the book they’re making their way through, it’s just not as satisfying as having him here. Beanie said last night that “kissing the phone just isn’t the same.” It isn’t, but it’s the best we’ve got at the moment.

I understand that I’m spoiled. I know that a lot of women have husbands who travel far more frequently, farther away, and for longer stretches than mine does. On the other hand, I really like my husband, and am always happier when he’s nearby. WeedWoman mentioned yesterday that, while I was in Vegas, she missed me a lot more than she expected she would. Even though we wouldn’t have seen each other during the time that I was gone anyway, knowing that we COULDN’T see each other even if we wanted to made a difference (I understand that completely – I felt the same way when she went to California last year). That’s kind of how I feel about having Mr. Chili away. Even though I wouldn’t see him during the workday anyway, knowing that he’s not in his office in the next town over makes a difference. A very uncomfortable, very unhappy difference.

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Two Things

Swiped from A Tense Teacher

Two names I go by:

  1. Chili
  2. Mommy

Two things I am wearing right now:

  1. a fleece jacket
  2. glasses

Two things I want in a relationship:

  1. respect
  2. communication

Two of my favorite things to do:

  1. read
  2. write

Two things I want very badly at the moment:

  1. the existence of a calorie-free chocolate
  2. spring

Two pets I have:

  1. 2 cats
  2. 2 more cats

Two people who will fill this out:

  1. me
  2. anyone who wants to poach it from me

Two things I did last night:

  1. had dinner with my girls, my friend, and her daughter
  2. slept (the blissful sleep of one getting over jetlag)

Two people who live in my house:

  1. Mr. Chili
  2. two little girls (that’s three people, but how do I chose whom to leave out?!)

Two things I’ve eaten today:

  1. Does a glass of Ovaltine count?
  2. I WILL eat lunch – probably a salad – but it’s only 8 in the morning, so my food intake is pretty limited as of yet…

Two people I last talked to:

  1. Beanie
  2. Punkin’ Pie

Two things I’m doing tomorrow:

  1. laundry
  2. (HOPEFULLY!!) picking Mr. Chili up from the airport

Two longest car rides:

  1. Seacoast NH to Bar Harbor (“Bah Hahbah”), Maine
  2. Seacoast NH to Syracuse, NY (neither are very long, I know, but I’ve lead a sheltered life)

My two favorite holidays

  1. Christmas
  2. Easter

My two favorite beverages:

  1. diet root beer
  2. Midori sours

My two favorite movies:

  1. The Hunt for Red October
  2. Apollo 13 (this is an unfair question – I have WAY more than two favorites, and they rotate depending on my mood and the time of year…)

Two of my favorite places:

  1. Home
  2. Florida, when it’s warmer than home

I guess that’s it. Anyone want to add their two things?

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Girls, Girls, Girls**

images-2.jpegI’ve heard, over the years, that Vegas was trying to reinvent itself to be a more family-oriented vacation destination.

What I’m sayin’ here is, “not so much.”

Yes, there are quite a few places that we wouldn’t mind taking the girls. We spent a good part of Saturday morning at the Bellagio, gawking at gorgeous glass flowers, butterflies suspended from the ceiling, topiary and flower sculptures, and chocolate fountains. It’s pretty easy to avoid the casino in that resort, so it wouldn’t be a big deal to bring the girls through the lobby. We are staying at a nice place that has a big pool and daily, kid-friendly activities that the girls would love. I’ve been told that there are a lot of fun things to do at New York, New York – several roller coasters and an arcade, though I haven’t seen such with my own eyes.

Beyond that, though? Uh, no. Kids should stay home. Walking to the strip Friday morning, we passed not one, not two, not three… (can you see where this is going?) newspaper boxes filled with free “Playmate Girls” magazines/fliers. I can only assume (because, you know, I didn’t actually stop to pick one up) that they are advertisements for shows and ‘escort services’ (and, just as an aside, how did I not know that prostitution is legal in Nevada? What the hell is wrong with me?). At best, the women in the pictures are scantily clad. At worst, they’re not clad at all.

Not only are the fliers pretty much everywhere, but there are people in the streets offering business cards to tourists as they pass. On these business cards are – you guessed it – naked women. Seriously naked women. I’m talking “nothing left to the imagination” naked. The people who take these cards generally don’t keep them, though, and they end up fluttering around like snowflakes on the sidewalk. Very naked, very sexual snowflakes.

Now, I have no problem with nudity. We have a very matter-of-fact attitude about nakedness in our household. I make a point of NOT making a point of nakedness and of not sensationalizing body parts; I don’t want the girls to grow up with a sense that parts of them are bad or dirty – private, sure, but not taboo. An elbow is no more or less than a breast. I’m not even sure I have a problem with the kind of nudity I saw in those cards and fliers; I take no issue with porn, per se (of course, everyone has their aesthetic limits) and, really, the women in the pictures have gorgeous bodies – if *I* looked like that, I might consider having my picture taken for money (but that’s ALL I’d consider).

What I’m saying here, though, is that, even though I don’t have a problem with it for me, I do have a problem with it for anyone under the age of, say, 18. Commercialized sexuality is something that requires a fair bit of maturity to put into perspective (a maturity that I’m not sure most adults even have, so I feel I’m being charitable with the 18 year old limit). I know for sure that Punkin’ Pie and Beanie aren’t ready to intellectualize the input they’d get here.

Vegas pretty much gave up the whole family-friendly advertising campaign and switched to the far more appropriate “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” If you’ve got kids, skip Vegas and go to Disney.

**I’m going to be processing this trip for quite some time, so please put up with the posts…

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Mystere

images6.jpegThis is the Cirque show that we saw in Vegas.  I cannot begin to tell you how satisfying an experience a Cirque du Soleil performance is.  If there’s EVER a chance for you to go and see one – even if you have to spend way more for a ticket than you think is decent or rational – GO.  Seriously.  Go.


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Ten Things Tuesday

The first ten things to come to me this morning…

1. While I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to go there, Vegas was a fun experience and I’m glad I went.

2. The crepes at the Bellagio were better than the crepes in the Paris (sorry, Sooza. The Crown and Anchor was really great, though!).

3. People who complain about delays due to maintenance are dumb. When the pilot notices something dripping out of an engine, wouldn’t it be better for someone to come and check that shit out BEFORE we get up in the air? *I* certainly think so, and the man who keeps that engine from exploding at 30,000 feet can take all day if he has to. I brought a book – take all the time you need.

4. I can survive an entire day of travel on a yogurt parfait, a granola bar, a package of Southwest Airline’s peanuts and half a 20 oz bottle of Diet Coke.

5. I missed my children a lot more than I realized.

6. If you get a chance to see a Cirque du Soleil show – even if you’ve got to fork over stupid money for the tickets – go. I think it’s almost impossible to not have an amazing time at one of their performances.

7. Of all the excess I saw in Vegas, I’m still struck by the unbelieveable light pollution. I complain about not being able to really see stars in my hometown; there’s no such thing as a star over Vegas (especially when the Luxor turns its light on).

8. Being in a warm desert climate has made me that much more eager for spring. I was sad to pack away the springtime clothes I brought to Nevada; I won’t be able to wear them here for at least another two months, so back into the attic they went.

9. I love that we here in New England have all but banned any indoor smoking. That may have been the hardest part about visiting Vegas. My hair is a filter, so I had to shower every night before I went to bed. Blech.

10. It’s good to be home. I knew that already – this is not news to me – but I’m saying it anyway. It will be better when Mr. Chili gets back but, even though I’m without him, I’m happy to be back in my own space again.

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Home Again

After FAR too long in airplanes, I made it home at about quarter past seven this evening.  I’m not sure that readjusting to the time is going to be a problem, as I plan to fall unceremoniously into bed soon after I tuck the girls in for the night.

I’ll write more tomorrow….

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