Pardon Me While I Nervously Babble On

Last night I dreamt I let Seth play outside in the snow and then forgot about him and went upstairs and took a nap. Three hours later I remembered him and unlocked the door to find him outside, shivering, crying, practically blue. I undressed him and put him in a lukewarm bath and turns out he was okay. No frostbite. He even forgave me, but I left my baby out in the cold!

So yeah. I’m leaving tomorrow for the Caribbean, and I’m totally fine with it. It’s going to be fantastic. I’m not going to worry one bit.

I’ve made plans to meet up with a group of five others to go out on a sailboat on St. Patty’s day, in St. Thomas, and hopefully I won’t wind up green with seasickness. My sweet pharmacy man has hooked me up with all kinds of anti-nausea meds, so I’ll be fine.

A three hour tour. A three hour tour.

My friend Betsy will be having a birthday celebration one evening on the cruise, so that will be fun.

I’ve hardly ever been away from the kids for this long. I went to a writing workshop in Colorado a few years back and I was gone for a week. It was life changing and incredible, but it was tough. It was camping and it was writing and processing and very productive. I started writing in earnest as a result. It was an experience of a lifetime but I came back exhausted.

This trip is pure fun. Pure luxury. Can you feel it? I’m gonna faint.

I’ll take lots of pictures, but I am not bringing my computer. I repeat, I am not bringing my laptop.


I’ve got some posts lined up for while I’m gone, it will be Full-Soul-Ahead, light. I’ve tried to talk HT into guest posting but he’s not taking the bait.

I am mostly packed. Seth is skipping school in the morning so they can all drive me to the airport. I’ll spend the night in Florida and then Sat. I get on the ship!

Oh, and Riley will be attending her FIRST slumber party while I am away, but I’m fine with it. 


Actually, it could not be a more perfect plan. The b-day girl lives on our street and her mother is a social worker(specializing in kids) who loves Riley and has no qualms about being with her. She is a Girls on the Run coach and Riley knows her well and her girls are precious and loving and sweet. I’ve got the new jammies, and the new sleeping bag ready (Riley insisted her old one was for babies), and the b-day present is set to go.

It’s going be great!
Everything is going to be fine!

HT has it under control!

I’m going to leave you with a song we are learning in choir. Just got the music yesterday and God Bless You Tube for always having a version of every song I ever need to learn. The kids on the video are adorable. Their shirts say, “Child of Song.” I think that might be the name of their choir, and I just love the concept. 

Catch ya’ when I get back my sweets.

Lovingly yours,


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17 Responses to Pardon Me While I Nervously Babble On

  1. amber says:

    Wait, what? No computer?! I need pictures of sunsets and updates of the awesome relaxingness!!!! HOW am I to live through you, if you don’t take yoru COMPUTER! Dear Sweet Baby Jebus!

    …It will be fine. It will all be Fiiiinnnne. I know it.

    I will miss you. 🙂

  2. *m* says:

    Have a wonderful time!

  3. Courtney says:

    I hope you have the time of your life!

  4. pixiemama says:

    You are my hero. Enjoy the sun and sand.


  5. Kim says:

    you’ll have a fab time! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  6. GoMama says:

    Part of you is fine, and part of you is embracing a big black dog in your lap while leaving him out abandoned in the car, er, cold.

    Sounds like you’ve taken care of everything. Now, go and take care of YOU!!

    Trust me, YOU’RE gonna be fine! 🙂

    Hope you get another “hot seat” experience to report when you come back…

  7. -e- says:

    Have a wonderful time re connecting with your own needs and desires. Please be sure to sleep in, and under no circumstances may you prepare a snack or remember to bring X for somebody else!

  8. Deb says:

    Embrace this adventure with everything you’ve got. You’ve prepared. You’re ready. You deserve. Have fun!

  9. kario says:

    I can feel the anxiety (or is that my own since my eldest will be going out of town on a 2-night sleepover without either myself or Bubba for the first time next week and I’m grinding my teeth already?), and I hope that you can trust that things will be fine and let yourself relax into this journey.


  10. Amanda says:

    Ok so where exactly am I supposed to go for my daily dose of stateside life? what do yo mean, HT wasn’t up for ghost writing? This may sound like whining but it really isn’t, much, really…missing you already! 🙁

    Have a fabulous time, one that you can transport back to in times of stress and feel revived all over again. 😀

  11. naomi says:

    Do you feel like you are floating yet? Enjoy!!!

  12. Chloes Mom Mary says:

    Have a wonderful time looking after you so that you can continue to look after your family.


  13. Sally says:

    Have a great time, you are already there, but Todd, if you are keeping up on comments, can the kids have a turn at her blog? I would love a post by Setheroo or Rileybugs. My new names for them, but even one from the Jingle. I’ll be praying for you, cause I know single parenting isn’t fun when you are used to the help.

  14. Meg says:

    No worries about the sleepover….Betsy will be there, too! Enjoy your time away.

  15. Carrie Link says:

    THEY are not the ones I’m worried about! They will be finer than fine! You’ve so triple earned this, it’s not even funny, well, maybe a little funny.


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