|I've named this toy squirrel, |
Lillie as the 'prize' Suz wins for
guessing the garage door was
something that wouldn't
open. Do you see the resemblance?
A few weeks ago, Mini begged me to sit down and peruse the rental options in Florida for spring break.
Coach: UNLESS, WE GO TO BUDAPEST.
Me (head swiveling): HUH?
Coach: NOT YOU, MINI. MOM AND I.
I booked flights to Florida April 12th - 16th. Mini had no school Wed and Thurs and Reg is scheduled to take the PSAT during school those days. Who cares about that? So, Reg skips the test and Curly skips school. This freed up spring break so that Coach and I could MAYBE go to Budapest.
|It's a Lillie replica, |
minus the toothy grin.
See, she's missing
an ear. This toy was
inherited. I have no idea
who ripped her ear off.
Then: Coach's employee, who had an arranged marriage just before (or during?) the pandemic, will be in India to visit his wife. Coach said that he and the newlywed dude couldn't be away at the same time.
Me: UM, YOU'RE THE BOSS, SO TELL SOMEONE TO FILL IN FOR YOU. OR GET SOMEONE FROM THE OTHER OFFICES TO COVER (they have floaters).
Coach: IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.
Me: OH YEAH. I'LL MAKE A FEW CALLS. (I'm WEARY - Coach does A TON for his company. Patients literally come from far and wide to see him, the company aught to jump when he wants to finally take time off).
One issue with Coach and I going away: the 3 youngest would be home alone during their spring break. I'm not that worried about leaving them alone. No one would be around in order for them to throw a party. I fear that they'd be bored though.
I suggested that I go to Budapest with Mini over spring break, and Coach go with Tank in May when he finishes school. Sadly, I never renewed the kids' passports over Christmas break. We weren't going anywhere. It fell off my radar.
I had Mini skip her morning classes the other day to renew her passport, just in case. An expedited passport takes 5-7 weeks, and we'd hope to travel in 6. Why must everything be so complicated? No one answers the phone at the passport office, but you can get an appointment if you're traveling in under 2 weeks. Then what? Am I guaranteed an appointment? Guaranteed a passport? Pay out the nose?
On Sunday, we took the 3 youngest to breakfast (Lad wanted to stay home with Finn). The plan: we take a kid out every month and then each kid gets alone time with us twice a year. Well, the kids begged to all go this time.
Mini: WHO REALLY WANTS TO BE THE CENTER OF ATTENTION ANYWAY?
Coach was working out during this insurrection, and I caved.
Coach: THIS ISN'T THE PLAN.
Me: PLANS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN. BESIDES WHEN ARE THEY ALL HOME AND AWAKE
AND HUNGRY? ( cancel that - they're always hungry).
During breakfast, Newlywed texted Coach. He'd adjusted his travel plans and he'd be back during spring break. The plot thickens. I still think, Mini and I should go. How does one buy flights when one isn't sure if they will have a passport in time? I looked into flight insurance and not having the correct travel documents isn't covered.
The day Mini got her passport renewed, I took 5 toddlers/babies to the zoo. I let her sleep late because she'd had an away game and was up crazy late working on homework. She has gym first period, and her 2nd class - also fluff. So, I gave her the filled out application, documents she'd need, and a few blank checks, signed. Told her to call the library and make an appointment, and then call me with questions.
If there was a way to have a kid renew a passport without getting her hopes up for potential travel, I sure didn't know how to do it. The night before I sent her to get her passport photo taken - I just sort of shrugged, as in DON'T ASK.
She called me while I was driving to the zoo. She needed to show up to the library with a copy of her license and her expired passport. She didn't know how to use the printer.
Me: OK, IT'S EASY. I'LL TALK YOU THROUGH IT. OPEN THE PRINTER.
Mind blown. What? I told her to put her hand on top of the printer and lift the cover. She wasn't able to. Do you not have an opposable thumb?
Me: OK, NOTRE DAME. THERE'S A COVER. LIFT IT. PLACE YOUR LICENSE IN THE CORNER.
She needed both sides of her license copied on the same sheet. I was like WELL, MAKE A COPY, THEN FLIP THE LICENSE AND PUT THAT PAPER IN THE TRAY. IT'S TRIAL AND ERROR. GOOD LUCK.
|Baptism by fire: printer 101. |
College here she comes.
She managed, but when I came home there was a stack of discarded OOPS pages. Would it have been so hard to recycle the evidence?
Speaking of travel: today (Wed) I'm flying to Colorado to visit Joe's brother, JB aka Johnny, my 1st best friend who had the TBI at age 10, and his elderly mother.
I was looking for a phone number in one of my Christmas cards a few weeks ago and I came across Mrs. B's card. She wrote: "Joe's coming to visit in Feb." Days after I got her card, Joe died. I decided, HEY, I CAN BE A FEBRUARY VISITOR. Johnny didn't attend Joe's out of state funeral. It would've been too hard for him.
Mrs. B sent me a note to say seeing my sisters and I at the funeral had made an awful time so much more bearable. She wished we'd had more time. More time? I've got time. I'm looking forward to this visit. I fly home Saturday.
I'm pulling the girls out of school to cover my babysitting gig. Curly will watch 2 kids Thursday. Mini will have the twins solo on Friday. Notice a theme here? I've become a 'skip school' advocate.
Did you or your offspring ever skip school? With or without parental permission? Or, hit me with your travel tips, passport renewing strategies? Or, do you know anyone who had an arranged marriage? This concept has blown my kids away.