Monday, November 17, 2014

Boondoggle? Definitely, Not.

 You know all those folks who turn business trips into boondoggles?  The ones who just have to go to Denver right when fresh powder falls.   The ones who conveniently need to attend a summer conference with their family in Orlando.  The ones who for any reason at anytime have "business" in Hawaii.  Scott is definitely not one of those people.  His business trips are, well, business.

Scott's trips are usually Arizona in the August or Juno in January, never the other way around. Today, he left for a conference in Moscow.  Who even schedule's an annual conference in Moscow in the winter?  The forecast was cold with a chance of frigid.  To make the trip even more fun, he there for less than two days.  Nearly 48-hours of flying for a 36-hour stay.  It is truly the antithesis of a boondoggle.  Much of the time, Scott's job is really cool.  When he has to take these long flights crowded in coach in a middle seat, running the house seems like a sweet gig.  Thanks, Scott!

While Scott is jet spending his week crammed in an airplane, the kids and I are manning the fort. Soccer finished up for Mick and Sarah's lacrosse clinics are winding down.  Jaley is testing for her Green 1 belt in Tae Kwon Do, which is about half way to her Black belt.

We are finished with the first term of the school year.  The parent-teacher conferences are complete. The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping (though not much it is CA).  That means only one thing - the holidays are coming.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!  I am way trying to figure out the Thanksgiving plans and get the Christmas shopping done before the rush.  HA!  No luck there, one kids' wish list item was already sold out online and in the store.  Oh well, it will all get done, even if the hot toy of the season doesn't make it under the tree.

Then there is the house renovation.  I had these visions of leisurely picking pretty tile and paint, but that is only how it works on HGTV.  Last week, I drove to the top of a mountain, to buy rocks.  The week before, it was drainage pipes.  Important stuff, but renovating ain't nothing like the shows on TV.  Coming up on future episodes for us are wiring, windows, and HVAC.

That is life in MomZania.

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