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Monday, October 24, 2011

It's my party and I can whine if I want to!

It's my birthday party, so I can whine if I want to, whine if I want to! You would whine too if it happened tooooooo you....doo doo doo doo doo...

Whine: a big crazy work meeting was set for my birthday, so I get to spend at least eight hours of it in a conference room.

Antiwhine: I don't think I am important enough to get invited along for the Fancy Dinner for Important People that will eat the evening.

Whine: I don't have any plans besides work tomorrow (even though it's my birthday).

Antiwhine: I had a great weekend, including a small party, and my sister baked me a cake before driving home today. This birthday has been celebrated.

Whine: it's a round number birthday, so I am feeling old.

How about you, Pixies? What are you feeling this week?

All whines and antiwhines welcome.

Here is a virtual party hat for you. Cupcakes should be along any minute!

43 comments:

kathy a. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! even if you will be spending it in a conference room... sending virtual cake and a toast!!!

kathy a. said...

omg, i am feeling stupid. pretty soon we'll have a full team of dwarfs, possibly more than the original 7.

i scheduled 2 meetings starting early -- as in, leave the house at 6:45 -- and i thought they were tuesday, but they are monday. shoulda done more prep, but oh well.

meanwhile, my beloved forgot to tell me he was leaving town tonight instead of tomorrow, so that leisurely late dinner i had in mind turned into a rushed early one. but at least i had the fixings. we are quite the pair.

Liz said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

liz said...

I have an appointment with a breast specialist a week from tomorrow...if I can get the mammogram films from the folks who came to my work.

Despite the initial convenience of getting mammograms done at work, I won't be doing that again.

kathy a. said...

bleah, liz. hope all goes well. the thing with the films sounds kind of nuts -- everybody who needs followup will also need the films. everybody else will need the films next time they get a mammo, to see if there are changes.

old skool: why is it that when you have to get up early, it turns out to be a particularly sleepless night?

AW: one of my shy cats decided it was a good night for a purr and love fest! he is so darned cute.

liz said...

They're Fed-Ex-ing 'em. Specialist's office will call if they haven't received 'em by Wednesday COB.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Redzils!!!
Good luck and good thoughts for Liz!
Sorry about the sleep, Kathy a. Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight!
:)Neighbor Lady
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esperanza said...

Happy Birthday redzils!

I'm joining kathy a. in the sleep whining. Three nights of Baboo Tag Team waking for no discernable reason. Then. I laid down to take a nap today while Sweet was at school and Mini was napping. Asleep ten minutes. Phone rings. Get relaxed and fall asleep again. Fifteen minutes. Text message. Gave up.

AW: my friend is back at her job, so I don't have to do it this week.

esperanza said...

And an unbloggable brother-in-law whine. It involves arrogance and its comeuppance and not much learning from the situation. Grr.

Sue said...

Happy birthday!!

Hope all is okay Liz.

W: concussion. Freezer door- 1. Sue -0.

W: 48 hrs later & I'm still doing the sleep/bark routine. Yuk.

kathy a. said...

((( sue ))) not good. don't like the symptoms 48 hours later! sending the ice fairy, so you do not need to deal with the freezer any more. xoxo

esperanza said...

Oh Sue, sorry you're still feeling yucky. You definitely need an ice machine in the bedroom, so you can stay away from the kitchen!

Elizabeth said...

Very scary, Sue. Feel better. And good luck with the follow-up, Liz.

Happy Birthday, Redzils!

I'm also having birthday-related anxiety. I also have a birthday ending in zero coming up, and I just sent out invitations for a party, and am having my usual raging panic attack about no one showing up. I have no idea why this is such an issue for me, but it clearly is -- enough so that I usually don't have a party rather than risking putting myself out and being left high and dry.

What I really wanted to do was rent a house in the woods for the 3 day weekend, but some preliminary emails made me recognize that I just wasn't going to be able to tear people away from the their lives for that weekend. So I'm sort of afraid it will be a let down even if it's good.

I feel pathetic.

liz said...

AW: Not to make any of you out-of-towners jealous or anything, but I'll be attending the party in the above whine, and bringing the spouse and child with me.

kathy a. said...

happy birthday, elizabeth! [yes, i'm jealous.]

esperanza said...

I'm jealous too! Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Elizabeth said...

You like me, you really like me...

(I really do feel pathetically needy.)

Sue said...

Happy birthday Elizabeth! I hope you have a wonderful party! *passes the birthday girl tiara*

Enjoy!!!

Call into doc for follow up consult (hopefully over the phone - I don't want to bark in anyone's vehicle).

kathy a. said...

sue, sue, sue. if you are barky, you need to go in. xoxox

kathy a. said...

W: got several flavors of problems today. one is that a key person in this big something is apparently really sick, so i'm very worried about her, and we'll be brainstorming about the what next.

and and and and, all the unbloggables. can't get my hair on fire about everything at once, so practicing triage.

kathy a. said...

more piddly, too: once again failed to dose the shy, lovey cat with flea meds. my beloved seems to think that if i'm not really sleeping anyway, and sometimes the cat wants love in the night, this should be simple. this is the same person who once had the idea we could dose the cats by catching them in a fishing net -- clearly a dog person, to the core.

Sue said...

Sigh. Back to ER, CT scan, fluids and IV gravol and now I'm home and exhausted. I also have another full week off work.

That would be good except that the day I'm supposed to return to work is the first day of a week of study leave. According to my contract, I get three weeks of study leave per year - this particular week is one that I take every year to plan for Advent/Christmas.

So the question is whether I should still take that week off after missing two Sundays already b/c of this concussion. I'm leaning toward taking the study time as arranged and approved by the Board, but I also feel a bit guilty about it.

Ugh.

The doc said the reason I still feel so punky is that it was a more serious concussion than they originally thought. The only thing to be done for it is time.

esperanza said...

Sue, hope you feel better pronto. I see the conundrum with the study leave scheduling. Hmm. Maybe an inspired solution will come to you in your sleep.

Elizabeth said...

((Sue))

Take care of yourself. Place oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others.

liz said...

Take the study leave. You need it.

Sue said...

Thanks all. Just spoke with my HR person (chair of ministry/personnel) and she said immediately "definitely take the study week off"....so I will, but I know I'll feel guilty about it. ~sigh~

Anyway, I'm off to bed.

Thanks pixies, you've been great and very helpful this week - as always!

kathy a. said...

feel better, sue!

liz said...

Sending love and kisses.

Anonymous said...

Feel better Sue!!
:) Neighbor Lady

kathy a. said...

my old cat perspeone is enthroned on the fax machine, her fave place. i toss her out during business calls, because she really wants to talk then. spotty is pretty much not speaking to me after the incident last night that began with love, and ended with flea meds. polly let me pet her tail during one of my night wakes -- she's making up her mind about whether i'm safe, after 4 years. i'd really need a life, if i wasn't so busy with the unbloggables.

esperanza said...

too much caffeine. That is all.

esperanza said...

Now I'm succumbing to my own worst tendency to borrow trouble. (I think that's what I mean to say...jumping to conclusions that are not foregone, worst-case-scenario-ing). And feeling sorry for myself.

kathy a. said...

my son came over tonight; he sounded serious when he called, and said his girlfriend might come, too. beloved and i jumped to a conclusion that caused him to call me "grandma." but son is grieving his friend who died a couple months ago, and we are the people he can talk about this with. and, he just needed to be home for a while. love my boy.

Elizabeth said...

((kathy's son)) but yay that he can talk to you

W: 375 messages in my in box. Several major projects needing attention. No idea what else I've promised people. Blogger ate this whine the first time.

Anonymous said...

(((((kathy a and her son)))))) So wonderful that he can come to you.
--Neighbor Lady

kathy a. said...

thanks, pixies!

elizabeth -- 375 inbox messages sounds bad enough w/o the rest!!

amy said...

Current child care situation sucks. I've got a call in to one of the assistant directors, a friend of mine, but I doubt there's much she can do to help us. How do you fix "the teachers don't seem to like kids" or "the teachers don't seem to be making an effort to bond with Tater"? What is she going to do? Tell them to be nicer? Tell them to at least fake being happy to see us when we walk in the door?

Meanwhile, each passing week brings only an increasingly unhappy Tater and, consequently, an increasingly unhappy mama.

Further complicating matters is that we are stuck there. My hours this school year prevent us from using our Super Mega Awesome daytime babysitter OR any other day care in town (because I need late pickup). Grammas can't help, neither can high schoolers. I have never searched for a college kid or nanny (so I'm kind of afraid to), and I have a fear I wouldn't be able to afford one anyway.

Unintended consequence is that because I am always depressed after dropping him off, I have developed a distaste for my job, which is not helping matters.

kathy a. said...

oh, amy. you are working it - but maybe the director/friend needs to know about the bad mix? maybe she also has some ideas in-house for a better "fit," or elsewhere for those late times.

is there some kind of trade situation possible with another set of parents? we always found it way easier to have an extra or 2 here when we could, because that distracted our own kids -- and then BONUS, someone else would take our kids when needed. it's just hard to know people willing to do those trade-offs.

the child care dilemma is just so hard when ever you need to find some new situation, or someone to help. crossing fingers! if you get around to college students, interview them closely; ask hard questions; do a trial run; and then bribe the good ones.

esperanza said...

AW: a friend called this afternoon and asked to borrow our children to take them to a (junior high) football game for an hour. A spontaneous hour! for me! and everyone else was happy about it too!

Further AW: I did absolutely nothing productive in said hour.

Sorry, Amy. That stinketh. A teacher just got fired from Sweet's school for *spanking* a kid. That's after two other kids got transferred out of her class b/c they were crying about going to school. :( Glad Sweet has the other teacher, but still...a bit uneasy.

liz said...

Amy, keep working the issue with your friend. And also keep looking out for other placements.

I have really been where you are. I know that you can get through this and come out the other side with your child in a better situation.

In the meantime, sending hugs and love.

liz said...

My whine: This guy lives 5 doors down from me. He has a wife and two daughters. I don't think I ever met the man, but his wife and kids are really nice. I feel so sorry for his family.

amy said...

Thanks for the love, all, and the encouragement to listen to my inner mama. I honestly would rather work to make the place Tater is at a better place, but if I have to move him, I'll move him. I have had to do it before with the tot (when she was going on 2), and that memory also reassures me that on the other side of this lies a better situation -- either at his current place or at a new place.

I wish I had a family I could swap with. That would be ideal, but the handful of families I would trust have not taken me up on my offer to watch their kids and/or are not able to take mine. If it comes down to it, I will ask my boss if I can switch my class sections with another adjunct's. It might mean I lose my classes for the winter semester entirely, so I'm trying not to do that. We need my little tiny paycheck much too much.

Liz, I checked out your links, and I really feel for that guy's family.

amy said...

I don't know how well this song will go over, but please trust that I offer this with love in my heart. This is the song we sing on birthdays in our house. The kids enjoy it a bit more than the adults do, but we all have a laugh.

Happy birthday!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnT5JkGydVY

(Kid and work safe -- as long as your boss doesn't mind you singing this song all day long...)