25 February 2008

Welcome to Crazy-town. I'm the Mayor.

So, you might have noticed there aren't a lot of posts lately. Let me explain.

The last two weeks have been full, full, full. We are part of a science co-op that I had to prepare two lessons for. My daughter requested a doctor party for her seventh birthday. (Note: After searching the web for several hours, I have come to believe that no one has ever thrown a doctor party before. Sucks for me, I had to come up with everything on my own.) I just joined an online baking blog which sent out their monthly challenge that was pretty lengthy (read: took 12 hours!), and I have to lead my online book club discussions for our next book, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It's just a measly 754 pages. This all wouldn't mean much on its own. But throw into that mix that everything needs to be done before Thursday, the 28th, and the pressure has just amped.

You see, Dug and I are flying halfway across the world, literally, to visit my parents in Swaziland, Africa. We leave Thursday and so far I've checked off the co-op classes, and the birthday party. I've finished the baking but have to write up my post on it and figure out this way that I've found to get Blogger to auto-post. I'm halfway done with the nine book club posts which all have to be done before I go because our fearless leader, Bethany, will be publishing them while I'm gone. And on top of it all, I've had to find caring, loving, wonderful people to agree to watch my four kids (who are home-schooled and are home during the day) for the two weeks we're gone. Mission accomplished on that front, owed completely to people sent directly from the Big Man Above. I have to shout from the rooftops, "God Bless the Nowaks, the Traylors, the Wais, the Wises, the Seaders and the Mitchells!! May they live long and prosper!" (I know, I can't help myself.)

I know I could have moved things around, not made it so hectic on myself, but I have to confess something to you. I love a challenge. I want to get on the plane knowing that I did it all. It's some wierd masochistic thing or some west-coast, wild-frontier attitude, I don't know that there's much difference between the two. Just that when it's all said and done, I'll be able to brag, "Yep, I did it all!"

So, please forgive me for my lack of posts, I've got a bit much on my plate. Don't worry, you'll know how it all ends up...


Ellyn Canfield said...

You are amazing!
Have such a good trip, and here's to hoping you have a great in-flight movie, so you can binge on pretzels and free tonic water and relax!!

tricia said...

I don't know about that, Ellyn, but thanks.

Yeah, last time I flew far enough to get an in-flight movie I "got" to watch Solaris. Do you remember that wierd sci-fi movie with George Clooney? Yeah, nobody does. And believe me, there's good reason.

bethany said...

i am so glad that you are the busy one this week and not me...that was me last week and I don't think I could make it any longer.

ps we tried Sweet Peas kid's cafe today and it was great! the kids had so much fun.