This holiday season I will not be Clark Griswold. Seriously I have issues people. I want everything to be freaking perfect. I want the house decorated, the cookies made, the gifts wrapped and well bought.
I want peace, love and freaking harmony.
I want my Christmas cards done and mailed. Yes, I have done cards in the past and found them in the trunk in February.
I do not want to be in three months of debt for five minutes of present unwrapping.
So far I am having a pretty good start to the season.
My brother and I have donated to a charity rather than buying one another gifts.
I have ordered and addressed Christmas cards. I may mail them.
David is working overtime so I may keep that debt down.
Boo still hates Santa so I can say that she is on the naughty list and that’s why she doesn’t have anything to open (okay, not really).
The Christmas tree was only up a week this year before we got around to putting the ornaments on. The angel is still sitting next to it.
So this holiday season I will remember that Clark had a great vision: wanting to give his family the “Hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny (freaking) Kaye”.
And I am okay with that!
Last New Year’s Eve my friend Jenn and I were sitting in front of her fireplace trying to warm freezing our butts. She had an epiphany: Let’s go someplace warm next Thanksgiving.
I learned long ago to listen when Jenn says…to do anything she tells you. Last week we drove from New England to Cape Coral, Florida for Thanksgiving. Other than Abby puking in Jersey the drive was really uneventful. Easy even.
We drove through the night, stopping in Jacksonville FLA the next evening. We stayed at the Hyatt along the river front. It was quite beautiful but packed due to a conference. In the elevator (because we are rude and nosy) we listened to as the 20 odd people crammed in with us talked about music therapy.
Turns out we dropped right into a conference for Music Therapist. There were thousands of them. Stephanie at Mommy for Real happens to be a music therapist. I missed Blog-Her but she must be here, right? Right? I began stalking the hallways, the bar, the roof top pool. But no Stephanie.
Of course we found the one Irish bar within walking distance. She wasn’t there either. But I found wine so it was all good. I also met some great people (in my hunt for Stephanie) because after a glass of wine and 20-odd hours in the car I am no longer shy. As we were the only ones in the bar that were not part of the conference we kind of stood out.
David started asking questions and telling them about Boo. They were so helpful, giving us websites in our area to check out.
While I never did find Stephanie I may have found one other way for Boo to spend her afternoons!
I messed up the mix-tape. Again. Surprised? I had a great post about Christmas music. On my list I had a hippopotamus, a donkey and Adam Sandler. Then I read a tweet from Jen and realized I missed posting last week. So I scrapped my list and started over, hence the really rushed mix-tape: Addiction.
I could take the easy Robert Palmer way out but I am up to the challenge! Here are the songs that say I am addicted to you:
I was thinking if some one was actually stuck on me. Ewwww.
He was so brutally handsome she got addicted to the fast lane?
Look if Kenny was addicted to me, I would come over. Like RIGHT NOW.
Sir Elton knows plenty about addiction!
How about you, what song says you are addicted to love? Join me over at Jen’s and link-up your mix tape.
Last New Year’s Eve we were freezing our asses off in front of her fire place. She had this brilliant idea to go someplace warm for Thanksgiving. Eleven months later we were on our way. She was smart and flew down. Us? Well we were cheap.
Driving 27 hours in a car with your husband and two children leaves you 27 hours to amuse yourself with random thoughts and would be tweets if only I was talented enough to tweet and drive at the same time.
Hour 1 wow the girls are being so excellent. Why the hell did we pack so much crap?
Hour 2 no it is not time for a snack (husband)
Hour 3 thank goodness for rechargeable batteries and this doohickey thing that lets you recharge anything while driving
Hour 4 husband and girls asleep, I have control of the radio and not one person is talking to me
Hour 5 If Connecticut is in New England and therefore obligated to be a Boston sports fan why am I listening to the NY Rangers hockey game and not the Bruins?
Hour 6 New York drivers are fruitcakes.
Hour 7 Dude from Maryland, when entering the NJ Turnpike and the sign says DO NOT SLOW DOWN you are not supposed to come to a complete stop in the EZ pass lane.
Hour 8 Suri, How long is the New Jersey turnpike? (FYI 122.4 miles)
Hour 9 Boo wakes up because we stopped for gas. Abby wakes up because she needs to throw up. I guess NJ will do that to you.
Hour 10 Apparently Delaware has decided to balance their budget by having a toll every 50 feet
Hour 11 Maryland has a specific area on I-95 for DUI enforcement. But you can drive anywhere else on 95 drunk?
Hour 12 Virginia’s answer to unemployment is to hire State Troopers and place them every 50 feet.
Hour 13(3 am) Holy crap I’m tired
Hour 14 – 16 sleeping as comfortably as you can in the front seat
Hour 17 wake up because Abby kicked me in the head
Hour 18 New York drivers in North Carolina are still fruitcakes
Hour 19 The Border does close. In South Carolina anyway. When you drive through the night and arrive at 7am. After seeing their signs every 2.2 miles for the last 50 this was kind of a disappointment.
Hour 20 How can the battery in the IPAD, IPOD, DVD Player and the IPHONE all need charging at the same time?
Hour 21 They should make turn signals optional in cars. Since no one seems to use them think of the money they would save.
Hour 22 I owe my mother a debt of gratitude for giving Boo head phones for her birthday. They were such a great idea we got Abby a pair too.
Hour 23 If you have to have a sign that says Bridge Ices Before Highway can you please have a sign that says “Hey you, the one trying to exit the highway from the left lane there is a turn signal on your steering wheel”.
Hour 24 Dinner!
Hour 25 I just realized that no one has asked “are we there yet”
Hour 26 We are so close….
Hour 27 how many red lights are there in freaking Florida?
The end of hour 27 we made it! Welcome to Cape Coral
Having Abby and Boo gives me a split view of the world. I am Abby’s mom–that typical mom doing homework, planning activities and navigating the world of tweendom. I am also Boo’s mom–therapy planning, advocating, educating others and most times trying to do my very best.
Being a mom of two completely different children has allowed me to realize that being a ‘special’ mom is sometimes easier than being a typical one. For example, this morning with Boo I didn’t have to:
- Deal with eye rolls
- Have wardrobe fights in the morning
- Listen to her talk back
- Tell her to clean her room
- Get her to understand that clearing the table doesn’t mean just dumping the table contents onto the nearest counter
- And tonight I don’t have to help Boo do homework
Of course, I also didn’t have help her in the bathroom.