Thursday, May 31, 2007


Someone I went to high school with was elected as a State Representative last fall. It occurred to me, and I mentioned this to Brock, that I still feel like a kid, and this freaks me out sometimes to realize that I'm not a kid, that I AM old enough and mature enough to have an old class mate be a state representative.

That I AM old enough to be someones parent.

That I AM old enough to put young people in their place.

It's weird; I keep waiting for the moment when I don't feel like I have to sit at the kids table any more. Does anyone else feel like that??

However, I will NEVER feel old enough to be called MAM or MADAM. No sir, no thank you!

The Weekend could NOT arrive quicker!

I haven't had bouts of insomnia since I was in the throes of the last months of pregnancy (and no, I am not pregnant). Until the past few nights - I have woken up in the middle of the night and after many minutes to a half hour of trying to get back to sleep, have found myself at the computer doing work or searching for the symptoms of meningitis!

Okay, so I got a little paranoid last night, but I KNEW something wasn't completely right with my little girl. Her nose had been running for about a week or so (I can't keep track - it seems to be running ALL THE TIME!) and last night she started coughing in her sleep. She coughed much of the night (At least, she coughed on and off for the two hours I was awake last night!)

It didn't sound good. I started to get concerned that something might be wrong with her. She felt cool to the touch last night and in the middle of the night, so I wasn't completely worried. But I think the lack of sleep caused my paranoid little brain to go into overdrive!

This morning we went in to get the little one and when I asked her if she wanted to come lie in bed with Mommy for a little while and she said yes, I picked her up and the heat coming off her was unbelievable! Turns out, 101.5 degree temperature (with the ear sensor thermometer).

So, Tylenol on board, she said she wanted her morning milk and she drank that down without issue. I asked her if her ears hurt and she shook her head yes, so I was pretty sure that the Doctor (who we had called and were told to bring her on in) was going to tell us it was an ear infection. The paranoid me thought it had to be something much worse!

So, into the car and over to the doctor's we went. Leda was excited to go see "Her Doctor." We thought that was interesting! ;-) Brock dropped us off at the front door and as Leda and I waited for the elevator up to the doctor's office, I heard it, so I was sorta prepared, but couldn't do anything when the milk that Leda had drank but an hour before came up and covered both her and me in a smell that NO ONE should have to smell on just a half cup of coffee! She didn't say anything before, she didn't cry, she didn't complain, just threw it right up!

So, up to the doctor's office, smelling of sour milk (thank goodness she didn't have her cheerios for breakfast!). Not 20 minutes later we were leaving with a script for antibiotics to take care of the ear infection in her left ear. The stomach issue may have had something to do with the car ride over - not feeling well, fever, and an ear infection probably contributed.

Home to shower and get to work - all-in-all, 1 hour and fifteen minutes from our front door to our front door! LOVE this doctor's office!!

Leda's feeling much better now. Temp came down very quickly after the the Tylenol was administered. She didn't eat a lot during the day, but ate a good dinner. Hopefully the ear will clear up nicely and all will be well soon! And my paranoid little brain will take a break on me for a little while!

I'm tired, exhausted even! I'm really thinking of going to bed now that the child is in bed and it's only 8:15! If I don't find something else to do like read a book or watch something on TV. I'm just hoping I don't wake up in the middle of the night again!

On the extended family front, we are keeping in our thoughts my cousin, Lieutenant Steven, who is leaving on deployment to Iraq today. We hope he stays safe and we see him home, safe, soon.

Working for that weekend - I can't WAIT!! Short work weeks after a holiday weekend sometime suck! ;-)

Monday, May 28, 2007

Lions and No Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

What a weekend we have had! Thank goodness we have an extra day to relax and get rested!

Friday afternoon the Grand-parental units arrived! Grandma and Granddaddy came to visit us for a couple of days and we had a really nice evening sitting on the patio and enjoying some good food. We got to bed early because on Saturday, we went to the Zoo!

Saturday morning, Mom-ma and Pop-pa Daddy, as Leda has taken to calling Grandma and Granddaddy, came over for breakfast and then we all headed down to the Philadelphia Zoo. This was Leda's first trip and mine and Grandma's first trip in a REALLY long time!

Earlier in the week, the weather was supposed to be in the 70s, very nice. As the week wore on, the temperature kept creeping up and Saturday ended up being REALLY hot - about 87 degrees when we left the zoo around 2! The humidity wasn't too bad, but it was bad enough for the end of May! The animals weren't too interested in doing much but lying around. But at least we got to see most of them.

Leda seemed to be interested enough in the animals. She was much more interested in buckling the belts of her stroller every time she got out or got in! Weird! Does anyone else's child do that?? I understand my niece Sami does, so it must run in the family! Unfortunately for me, it's apparently in my genes, and not Brock's!

We checked out the Big Cats and I got to see a black jaguar - he was cool! We got to see the lions, but no Tigers this trip - Kira had babies late last week, so she and her cubs were "behind the scenes" resting. Hopefully we can take Leda down in the fall to see the babies!

We got to see bears and giraffes and zebras and penguins and flamingos and all sorts of animals. We also got to see the Elephants one last time before they leave the zoo for good. Apparently the zoo couldn't raise the money needed to expand their elephant exhibit, so they elephants are going to places that have bigger enclosures for them to roam around in. So we were happy we got to seem them before they went away.

Mom-ma and Leda check out the Polar Bears

We spent a good amount of time at the zoo and we all tired out pretty good! We headed home to cool off and relax for a little while and we decided to head out for a nice dinner.

Mom-ma and Pop-pa Daddy stopped by on Sunday morning to say good-bye before they headed to NJ to visit with Pop-pa Daddy's family. We were very happy they came to see us!!

Grandma, Leda and Granddaddy

Grandma, Leda and Granddaddy

Daddy, Leda and I lounged around for most of Sunday - watched a little of the Indy 500 race (that start SUCKED!) and then got ourselves ready and headed over to the Shiers' for a little b-b-q and swimming in their new pool. Daddy and Leda went swimming, Mommy wasn't ready for bathing suit time, yet! We had a nice evening with friends and home early to bed.

Today we plan to do not much of anything. A good do-nothing-day! Save our energy for the rest of the week!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

First trip to Dr. ER

It's not bad and didn't require us going any further than our next-door neighbor's house...

Leda and Daddy had a test of wills this evening. Daddy asked Leda to stop doing something and, as is her usual response as of late, she said, very clearly and distinctly, "No!" as if she knew what was best for her and not us.

Well, being that she had already had about three time-outs by this time (and all in the span of about an hour and a half), you can already imagine what the outcome of that NO was - Brock grabbed her by the arm and pulled her in the direction of the house for her fourth time out.

One of the things our next-door neighbor, who is the Dr. ER to whom I allude to, mentioned to us when Leda was just a baby, was something called "nurse-maid's arm." This is something that occurs when a child is picked up by the hands or swung around by the hands (something Brock looked forward to doing as soon as she was two, because Dr. ER told him not to do it before Leda was two!)

Leda was crying and I thought she was just mad because she didn't get her own way. Well, it turns out, her elbow got a little out of joint when Brock grabbed her by the arm away from what she was doing when she was told to stop doing it. He didn't mean to hurt her, but she was hurt and very distressed.

So, a quick call next-door to find out if Dr. ER was in and he was, so off next-door we went and Dr. ER popped it back into place and Ms. ER gave Leda cheese puffs and Mommy almost cried in front of the neighbors and all was well with our world once again.

But boy, was that scary. She was holding her arm and was very upset. But the difference between now and maybe six months ago, she could tell us that something was "hurt." What an amazing amount of communication barrier broken in such a short time! And our neighbors, what wonderful people they are, saved us hours and dollars by spending 5 minutes assessing and fixing our child. Yes, we will pay eventually, but it will be well worth it!

So, our first "serious" injury scare. Thank goodness it wasn't bad. And Leda seems none the worst for wear. And looking forward to the Grand-parental units visiting tomorrow and Saturday (Grandma and Granddaddy are coming for a visit) - with a trip to the Zoo and some picnic parties and a trip to the horse show and lots to do this holiday weekend!! Wooo Hooo!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

My devotion has paid off!

Apolo wins Dancing with the Stars! Wooo Hooo!

I gave him all but two of my votes the whole way! (those two votes went to Layla Ali - I really wanted to see it go between Apolo and Layla - she rocked!)

Woo Hoo!

Off to bed! ;-)

Monday, May 21, 2007

We love a parade!

The last day of the Dogwood Festival is the Dogwood Parade. When I used to live downtown, I lived on the third story and I used to watch the parade come down my street from the comfort of my own living room. Saturday, Brock, Leda and I watched it from the middle of Bridge Street!

Dogwood Parade, 2007

Leda had a great time - eating candy! Every float, truck, car - just about everyone in the parade - throws candy into the crowd. It's gotten so that kids bring bags with them to the parade. Of course, the sight of our adorable little girl sitting there watching the parade go by meant we had more than enough candy! Brock kept giving it to another family with bigger kids across the way. But Leda got her mits on a few pieces of candy. We let her being that it's okay to be a kid once in a while! ;-)

Sugar High

Leda didn't seem to interested in most of the parade (except the candy part) but she did stare down the Moose from the Moose Lodge - thought that was the weirdest thing she ever saw! We also saw Sally Starr - she used to be on Philadelphia TV a long time ago.

Dogwood Parade, 2007

She didn't seem afraid of any of it. I think she liked the string bands a bit and she didn't seem afraid of the fire truck noises or when the giant Steam Calliope came down the street (let me tell you, I used to miss Dela (my cat) for about three days after the parade when that thing came down the street! LOUD!!!)

Dogwood Parade, 2007

After the parade, Leda went down for a good nap - the combination of an evening out on Friday night playing with her buddy Danny and the sugar rush of Parade candy zonked her out! In fact, we all went down for a nice nap. We got up and headed over to the Durhams for a little bar-b-q and watching the Preakness and the NASCAR All-Star race. (the Preakness was the better of the two!)

On Sunday we finished up cleaning up the patio and cleaning the garden - something we started Saturday morning. We planted a little veggie and herb garden - tomatoes and peppers, I guess that constitutes a veggie garden! In the afternoon we headed out to a local school to see a dance recital. Our friends the Aunt Kate and the Shier girls and Aunt Jennifer were all dancing in it. Luckily for us, they all danced early in the show, because Leda lost interested after the first dance or two! ;-) We headed off to the Durhams for some pizza for dinner and playing with Paige and Sydney. Leda had a blast with the girls!

It was a great weekend. Not long enough, as usual. But that's okay, we got a three day weekend coming up here with Grandma and Granddaddy coming!! We plan on a day at the Zoo on Saturday! Can't wait!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Fair is in Town

This week is the Dogwood Festival and Brock and I and Leda headed out to the fair this evening to meet up with Dave and Annie and Danny and Bob and Lee (Dave's parents).

There was riding on rides, there was eating of food, there was only one funnel cake eaten - and for those of you who know my husband's NEED for 10,000 funnel cakes in one sitting (yes, I am not kidding, and yes, it's sick how freaking skinny he can stay and eat that crap!), one funnel cake has got to be a record.

We have discovered our child's love of rides. She definitely takes after her Mommy on liking to ride the rides, except for the fact that she likes the Ferris Wheel, which Mommy refuses to get onto - not with the case of fear of heights I got and the fact that no matter what I GET STUCK AT THE TOP EVERY FREAKIN' TIME!

She had an awesome time, and she was just so darn cute! She had a lot of fun with Danny, too! I think it's a love connection!

Leda and Danny

Leda at the Fair


I heard this afternoon that our niece Sarah's guinea pig passed away last night. She was a good guinea pig from all accounts. We met Callie several years ago when we went out to visit.

So our sincerest condolences go out to Sarah. Losing a pet sucks. And we are so sorry you lost Callie.

We love you, Sarah!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Our little Miner Bird

Last night while I was on the phone with my boss, Leda unscrewed the knob from the light swtich on the table lamp. She handed it to me and announced, "I broke it, Mommy" so proudly, I almost cried!

As I was trying to put it back on the light, while still speaking with my boss and attempting to keep the child from getting in my way and NOT blinding myself by the light (oh, good Bruce song!) since she had unscrewed it WHILE THE LIGHT WAS ON, I said to her (jokingly*), "Ima gonna beat your butt" while laughing (pretty much because my boss on the other line was laughing at me).

Leda stopped and looked at me and said, in all seriousness, "No butt beat, Mommy."

I laughed and gave her a big hug and told her "Not today!" ;-)

*NOTE: I would never beat my child - just wanted to announce that in case anyone would think to report me to child services! If you want something to report us for, come over to our house around 5 in the evening when our child is begging us for her "beer!" (juice box - containing actual juice - the kid, she thinks it beer!)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Going to Margaritaville, NYC!

(Sung to the tune of a little brat of a kid who has something you don't)...

We got Jimmy Buffett tickets, we got Jimmy Buffett tickets. Na na na na NA NA! ;-)

We have to go to New York City to see him play, but we got Jimmy Buffett Tickets!

We had to pay an arm and a leg, but we got Jimmy Buffett Tickets!

Will probably be the last Buffett concert we go to if ticket prices stay at or go higher than they are now - wow!

But in September we will be heading to Madison Square Garden to see Jimmy and bask in all that is Margaritaville!

Wow - three big concerts this year and not one in Philly - The Police in Hershey, Big & Rich in Bethlehem, PA and Buffett in NYC.

Gonna be a great summer!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Not a single parent anymore!

Yeaaaa! Daddy's home.

Brock got home last night and we had time for a nice dinner outside on the patio and Leda got to show off her amazing verbal skills to her daddy. She's talking up a storm these days!

Leda must not have known it was Mother's Day yesterday because I didn't get much sleep the night before! Up every hour and a half yelling for the "pink baby bottle" or the "white baby bottle" - which ever had fallen out of bed at that hour of the morning...

...Back track...

Leda loves to feed her baby dolls their "baby bottle." So much so, that she will not only take the baby to daycare, but the baby bottle as well. Last Friday, she took the "pink baby bottle" (and she calls it that!) with her and we thought it got lost at daycare so when I got her home on Friday night, after listening to "I want the pink baby bottle, Mommy" ALL THE WAY HOME and then some, I dug deep into the toy box and found another baby bottle. This one was white. So Leda had something new to obsess over.

Then, sometime on Saturday, I found the pink baby bottle in her daycare bag. So Leda had TWO bottles to obsess over - the "pink baby bottle" and the "white baby bottle". I, for some strange reason - I must have been EXHAUSTED - I let her take the baby bottles to bed with her (and her baby doll). Thus the reason for being awoken every 90 minutes to fetch the correct baby bottle off the floor for the child!

Leda was told, at 4:30 in the morning, that she would NOT EVER be allowed to take ANY COLOR baby bottle to bed with her EVER AGAIN!

The rest of Mother's Day went okay, other than the abrasion that my child now has just under her right eye! That's right, the child now has an abrasion AND a bit of a black eye from a fall she took and hit the concrete steps with her face. I am pretty sure this child takes after her mother in the fact that as a child, I tended to injure my face more than any other part of my body.

I did get a meal made for me - sorta. Leda put a few of her plastic food on a plate and handed it to me - "here you go, Mommy" she says to me. Then, she takes it from me and says "I cook it Mommy" and takes it over to her kitchen, opens the microwave door, puts it in, closes the door, and presses the buttons. She turns and looks at me with a grin that indicates that I should be SO proud of her abilities (which I am!) and when I ask her if it is done, she nods and takes it out of the microwave and brings it over to me. She announces, as she hands it to me, "it hot, Mommy."

The cutest kid ever, I tell ya!

She was so happy to see her Daddy, I am pretty sure everyone in town heard her yelling and squealing with joy when he pulled in the driveway! She was quite a happy little girl last night, to have her whole family together again. I think she was even happy to have Duff around! ;-)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Levels of Weird

As I was on my way to pick Leda up at daycare, I put on WOGL - the oldies station in town.

This has been the oldies station in town for as long as I can remember, btw.

Anyhoo, Michael Jackson's Don't Stop til You Get Enough was playing, so I turned it up and started doing a little in-the-car-seat-dancing, and thought to myself, Self, this was before Michael Jackson got all weird.

Then I thought, well, no, actually, this was just a lower level of Michael Jackson weird, before he went all, off the charts weird.

The next song that came on was Vehicle by Ides of March. This was one of the songs that Rhythm and Blue Fish used to sing a hundred years ago when we used to go out every weekend to a bar where they were playing. So I turned up the radio even louder and jammed.

Then I think the next song was something that came out the year I graduated high school.

It was just about then that I realized that the oldies station that has been around since BEFORE I graduated high school was now playing stuff that wasn't so old the years I was in high school and that I had entered a whole new level of weird myself!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Did that just happen? Seriously?

I think I just watched the weirdest episode of Lost yet. And, believe me, it's been pretty weird.

Yes, I am addicted to Lost, and tonight's episode just had me literally sitting there with my jaw on the floor for about 5 minutes after the last scene. Literally.

Seriously, I can miss just about anything on tv these days (well, except Apolo dancing) but not Lost. And, wow, they just blew me away.


Off to bed now! ;-)

No Road Trip, Mommy

Well, decision made, I'm staying home this weekend.

Decided that I had to be a responsible mother and not drag my child hundreds of miles west for one day of hanging with some cool people and then turning around and driving back home.

I mean, I guess my days of picking up and heading off on a road trip are behind me.

Can I tell you how much that sucks?

So Leda and I will stay home and probably head downtown to the Celtic festival on Saturday. I think I might (MIGHT) attempt to plant a garden. Maybe figure out how to hang the lights I bought a year ago out on our patio. Clean the house? (NO WAY!)

Oh, and yeah, I hit 300 posts three posts ago! I meant to celebrate, but I was too darn tired!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


I came to two realizations today:

1. I haven't once had to say "Brock, you're snoring, roll over" in the middle of the night (much less the 10 or so times I usually have to say it in order to accomplish the task), and,

2. Leda and I have not (yet) eaten Boston Market for dinner.

Monday, May 7, 2007

To all the Single Parents Everywhere...

...You Rule!

Seriously, if you are a single parent (or ever were at any point in your life - hi Mom!) - You Rule!

How incredibly hard this parenting-by-yourself-crap is!

You really don't get how much your other half does until you have to do your own stuff AND the other half's stuff AND take care of a 2 year old at the same time.

And wow, you never get a minute to relax when you are a single parent. You don't have the time to go hide in the bathroom for 15 minutes or run out to the ATM to grab some money for the pizza delivery guy without packing the kid into the back seat first - and then, you get there, you can't well leave the kid in the car, so you have to take her out of the car just go get some cash! Thus, the reason why you grab some Ben and Jerry's cookie dough ice cream while you are at it!

Okay, that was a little TMI, but, whatever! I've been a single parent for a week and I don't like it one bit!

I love my daughter. I truly do. And even though this is hard, I wouldn't trade it for those years when I got two whole weeks to myself during One Lap. Did I just say that? Seriously, the exhaustion has gone to my head!

Leda has been good the past week, even though a bit trying at times - Duff on the other hand has been in my lap the second my butt hits a chair or couch. I want to say the kid is driving me crazy, but it's actually the dog. He must have gone outside ONE BILLION TIMES yesterday. And that was just yesterday - if he wasn't in my lap, he wanted to go outside. And, as soon as I got comfortable, he wanted to come back in. ERRRRRGGGUUUUUUHHHHH!

I found a tick on Leda on Saturday afternoon. Yes, a tick - and not your ordinary run of the mill tick, you know the ones that give you Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (does that exist anymore?), nope, a REALLY TINY TICK! You know, a deer tick - the kind that gives Lyme Disease. Yup! Oh Joy! Yes, it bit her. Our neighbor, Dr. ER, basically said it's like closing the barn door after the cows got out. Nothing we can do it about it now, just look for any symptoms. Nothing yet, but according to everything I've read on the Internets, it could be up to a month to see any symptoms and then, we might not see any of the normal symptoms anyway. Oh Joy!

On Sunday it was a little on the chilly side and Mommy was tired, so we didn't really do a whole lot. We didn't go outside until after dinner for only a little while. Leda was swinging on the big girl swing and decided she wanted to get off mid-swing back and fell straight down onto her face. The scream commenced - hers not mine! The blood then began to flow - hers not mine. It was merely a flesh wound (she didn't find my telling her that in my finest Monty Python English Accent a bit funny at all) - her bottom two front teeth bit a bit into her bottom lip. More blood than anything. She was fine as soon as I gave her a cup of water to play with!

So much for returning the child to her father without a mark! ;-)

I'm back and forth about the road trip this weekend. Sometimes I think that I can't get out there soon enough to hand the kid off to her father and spend the day sleeping in the hotel room, then ten minutes later I think there's no way I can spend 10 hours in a car with this kid! ;-) Right now, I am looking forward to going. We'll see how I feel tomorrow (and the next day, and the next day and the next day!)

What is it about kids and waking up early on weekends??? All week I had to wake her up at 7:15am after I had taken a shower and gotten myself ready. On Saturday, I figured, yes! I get to sleep in until at least 7:30, maybe more! 6:30! She woke up at 6:30 in the morning. On Sunday, 7AM. Is this the reason teenagers sleep so late on weekends? Because they wasted all those mornings in their toddler years getting up AT THE CRACK OF DAWN???? What is it with these kids...I had to drag her out of bed again this morning.

Off to watch Dancing with the Stars...

Friday, May 4, 2007

Mommy, no work!

Leda is not used to going to day care EVERY day of the week (of course, the closer to One Lap the more time she spends in day care - 4 days instead of 3 days).

I especially don't think she's too happy with the schedule change. She's used to getting up when she gets up (usually by 7:30 anyway) and having a leisurely morning, a little breakfast, a little Pinky Dinky Doo and Dora and off to day care around 9 am ish. Well, not this week. Mommy gets up at 6:30, jumps in the shower and gets ready and then gets Leda up around 7-7:15 at the latest. She get's dressed right away, has breakfast, and then about 10 minutes of play while Mommy gets everything together and out the door by 7:50-7:55 (at the latest!) so I can be back in the office by 8:30.

Yesterday Leda started in with, "no go bye-byes, Mommy" when I told her it was time to go. I practically had to drag her out to the car (that sucked!). This morning, we had a little cuddle time because I was ahead of the game and when I told her it was time to go, she said again, "no go bye-byes, Mommy" and followed that up with, "no work, Mommy, no work!"

Well, as cute as that was, as much as that almost had me calling sick, I packed her in the car and off to day care again, with the promise that tomorrow, well, tomorrow we no work! Thank goodness it's Friday!


This made me laugh out loud - And she's so right!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Miscellany or The REAL reason we wanted to have a kid

This past weekend, Brock took some time from packing his bags and making lists for One Lap to wash the cars. He decided it was high time to put the kid to work - I mean, that's the real reason we wanted a kid - cheap labor!

Cheap Labor

Yes, she was soaking wet! And, since it wasn't THAT warm yet, she got changed immediately! But she had fun!

Everything is looking so good around here! And the air smells so good - It's one of those amazing things about spring - one day there's barely a bud on a tree, the next day everything is blooming and the air is full of all the good smelling things like lilacs and flowers and growing grass!

I took a 10 minute break this afternoon to stand on my patio and look at my tulips, which this year are just bountiful - and they are all about to bloom!

Just before Leda went down for bed, we spent a few minutes taking the dog for a walk and the air was just fragrant with the lilacs that are about to bloom. I think I might have some pictures to take of them over the weekend!

It's beautiful here this week. That's a good thing!

(and yes, that DID sound so Martha - I think I just gagged myself!)

Well, it appears that Leda has a new doctor. I got a couple of recommendations yesterday and the first one I got a hold of gave me an appointment early in the morning next week! So I took it! Leda will be going to the same doctors as Paige goes to. Of course, I am still upset about having to leave my doctor, and even more now that I find out that one of the doctors is an ex-Cowboy - as in Dallas Cowboys. Jennifer assures me this is NOT the main reason they like this medical group. She also informs me that he is an Eagles fan now. Let me just say he'd better be a darn good doctor and NOT make me wait! (not that we are actually seeing that particular doctor next week!)


Leda and I are looking forward to a road trip next week! Yes, I am ABSOLUTELY nuts and plan to pack a two year old into a car with a DVD player and as many snacks and I can get a hold of as well as every DVD I can think of to keep her busy with, and we are going to drive to South Bend next weekend for the end of the One Lap. Yes, that's 8 hours in a car with a two year old. By myself.

As scary as it might sound, I think it might be some fun. I don't plan on making it out there in 8 hours - I expect it will take at least 10. I also expect that Leda will nap some too. I fully expect to stop for periods of longer than 5 or 10 minutes so that we can get out and stretch our legs. I am thinking of doing some internet research this weekend to see what might be on the way that we can stop and see - some roadside fun. Brock will be caravaning home with us so it's not as bad as it seems, we'll be able to trade cars if need be.

And, I really need a road trip! I used to like hoping into the car for a long trip by myself. I am actually looking forward to it. I also have a plan - if Leda's got me crazy before Pittsburgh, we turn around and come home. If we make it past Pittsburgh (actually, if we make it to Ohio), then we go all the way. That's pretty much mid-way.

I expect lots of stories from this trip! ;-)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

It's May - I'm a One Lap widow again!

Well, Leda and I are on our own for awhile - Brock has headed off to Cannonball headquarters to prepare with his dad for this year's One Lap (starts this Saturday). So I am on my own with a two year old. That may not sound scary to you, but it scares the heck out of me!

Nah, I'm fine. I figure by the weekend I'll have figured out the routine and by Monday, Leda will figure out a way to screw it up - it will be a blast!

No, really, so far, we are okay - could be better if I wasn't contemplating changing doctors. Let me tell you a story...

I love my doctor. No, really, I LOVE my doctor. He's the best doctor in the whole wide world. Not lying. I've been seeing my doctor since I was about knee-high to a grasshopper - I remember this guy when he didn't have a gray hair on his head! I remember thinking way back when that he'd make a good step-dad for me and my sister! He liked my Mom, my mom liked him - too bad he was happily married!

When I knew I was pregnant, I went to him to confirm it! I asked him THAT DAY if he would take on my child and he said absolutely! This is a doctor who is unlike doctors of today - he spends time with his patients. He listens to you. He takes the time to discuss things with you. He is usually running late because he spends TIME with his patients.

This, my friends, is where the problem lies.

Having to wait once in a while for the doc is fine. I can handle it once in a while. But the last three times I have taken Leda in to see him, I've had to wait AT LEAST AN HOUR before being called back into the exam room to wait at least another 20 to 30 minutes before the doctor came in. I think the first time I had to wait an hour, I actually had to reschedule because I had to get back to work. The last time I took Leda in, I waited 1 hour and 45 minutes before I went back to an exam room.

It's getting ridiculous.

I had an 1:30 appt today for Leda's 2 year wellness check. We got there at 1:30 on the dot and were promptly told that the doctor was running at least a half hour behind. I knew I would be rescheduling this appt at that moment. That is NOT a good sign when they tell you how late he's running! 2:30, I am back up at the desk reshuffling with the Nurse Practitioner for the end of the month!

I've already asked around and will be making some calls tomorrow to see if I can get an appt with another doctor. I am very wary of this - I don't want to change docs but I can't spend that much time waiting, especially with a two year old, who, by the way, was on excellent behavior - of course, it was nap time too, so she was pretty tired! I wasted almost three hours today shuttling Leda from daycare to the doc and back again without accomplishing anything much less seeing the doctor!

So, the start to One Lap widowhood is off to a ROARing start. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Dude - did you see Dancing last night?? My poor Apolo didn't do so good with the judges. I am hoping that he really didn't need that one vote I gave to Layla (because I want to see the last two be her and Apolo!).

Can't wait for tonight's show - Meatloaf is on! Woo Hoo! Hopefully I can stay awake long enough to catch it all!

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