Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tomorrow we fly across this fine country to the land of snow and airport delays. We'll spend about 6 hours (hopefully only that) crammed into airline seats, and then another 4 hours (hopefully only that) driving across snow covered highways and dirt roads to our final destination in Nowheresville, Vermont. Oh, holiday travel, you make me feel like a giddy school girl. Pinch me.

Speaking of giddy school girls, Daisy's school is closed for winter break, so today while I "worked" she had a play-date here at our house with two of her chums. The three of them spent the day doing whatever the hell it is that amuses eight year-old girls. I shuddered at the thought of having to make lunch and then clean-up after them, so I suggested we all walk to the local taqueria for burritos and whatnot.

I was amazed at how long it took those three to actually get out the door. Between the group-peeing, the whispered plans, and the distractions of every molecule ("Oh let's count THOSE protons!) between my daughter's room and the front door, it was an epic battle to actually leave the house. It was, as I mentioned to my boss via IM during the the epic, like herding cats.

Ever since that Superbowl commercial a few years ago, the phrase "herding cats" has been a bit hackneyed, so I felt a little cheesy using it. However, after we got home, the girls played outside for a bit while I tried to get some work done. I poked my head out the door often to make sure they were doing alright. At one point, I was surprised (although I shouldn't have been) to find that one of the girls had lodged herself up a tree and was unable to get back down.

Totally like herding cats.


I'll post from Nowheresville when I can.

9 comments:

Avery Gray said...

Have a great trip! And if you find yourself stranded with no contact with the outside world, I'll wish you a Merry Christmas, too!

Mike said...

Thanks, and an enjoyable Winter Present Tree Day right back atcha.

Neel Mehta said...

Oh, holiday travel, you make me feel like a giddy school girl. Pinch me.

Yeah, Kristi is waaay off base with her gay comment.

Anonymous said...

I wish I was going somewhere....anywhere except where I am at....and traveling with a gay guy would not be bad.....Helen

Mike said...

Neel, oh, come on. You know airport delays do the same thing to you too.

Helen, hopefully you'll find a way to enjoy the holidays where you are. Holiday travel is no fun.

missburrows said...

Did you call the fire department or just set a bowl of food at the base of the tree and wait until she came down on her own?

Mike said...

Miss B, I could only wait so long. At some point her parents were going to expect a non-treed child to be delivered home. Thankfully she was able to climb down to where I could reach her.

Silly kitten.

Deb said...

"Herding cats made of Jello" is the phrase we use in our house.

Mike said...

Deb, cats made of jello?!? How would they even get away? I could totally herd those cats.