July 10 09

My last day of work at the office was on Tuesday. (FREELANCE) (ZOMG) and I was spiraled into this alternate universe since. I had all these plans for what I was going to do with my 6 fun-filled days before I up and take the kids on leg 1 of our journey. I was going to work, obviously, full 8-hour days, but sprinkle them with very important pre-moving events – lunches and coffees with friends. meetings with the lovely Jen at Urbanmoms, meetings downtown with some of the lovely McDs McMoms people. a Whirlpool breakfast at Yorkville. my last baseball game of the season and wing night to say goodbye to my people. read Zombiefighter. run every day. goodbye bbq at my inlaws. dinner with the kids at my sister-in-law’s. dinner at friends. packing, packing, pack. watch Big Brother 11. buy new bras because my dog ate them. buy new shoes because my dog ate them. buy new underwear because my dog ate them. (or perhaps teach my dog to stop eating every thing I own)

and yet.

the best laid plans.

always. especially at casa de martell.

first there was the whole mess of the stress hives. apparently, that is a real thing, it’s not just some self-diagnosis that dr. google provided. (because dr. google totally told me I had lupus) (and diabetes). so, even hopped up on benedryl I was itching and scratching my swollen and hive-covered body raw. and then the hives went away. but left me with the itchiest feet, ankles and hands. so, I am now hopped up on cortisone cream. and still scratching. and  I still can’t bring myself to wear shoes. brilliant.

then there was the whole mess of miss Isabella deciding to get strep. I knew. I knew that someone was going to get sick. I knew when she started complaining about the pain in her neck when swallowing (I love that kids say neck instead of throat). I knew when she started to feel warm, when she started to cling, when she started to vomit. brilliant.

then there was the whole mess of my office accidentally booting me from my remote email access, which means, essentially, that I have zero access to anything. emails, contacts, files. So, I have been reduced to emailing co-workers and begging them to send me files. brilliant.

So, instead of my great plans, I have spent a lot of time inside, watching episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba and Blue’s Clues with a very whiny Isabella, barefoot, reading Zombiefighter, eating ice cream, which ps, I have been saying for years that I don’t like ice cream because it just leaves me feeling all gross and icky and thirsty and it’s too sweet. I guess I just wasn’t eating the right ice cream, because dammit, that shit is GOOD.

This time did, however, cement my opinion that I am kind of in love with Steve from Blue’s Clues. yes, this dude.


we’ll just blame it on all the meds and the lack of sleep.


(also, it’s not like I said I was in love with Shia Labeouf) (gross)

  1. I thought Steve went to college and was replaced by his brother Joe or something. Huh.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on July 10, 2009
  2. I was much more of a Joe girl. Although there for awhile they made him look really weird.

    Hope everyone feels better soon!

    Comment by Crystal on July 10, 2009
  3. Because moving isn’t stressful enough! yikes. at least Isabella got sick while the doctor is still ‘free’!

    Comment by Steph on July 10, 2009
  4. What a week you are having. You poor thing.
    Hope things get smoother for you and your move goes well. I went over to your other blog. I don’t watch reality TV except for BB every summer. I look forward to reading your comments. Now I need to go and watch last night show!
    Take care & God Bless
    .-= Deborah Pucci´s last blog ..SKYE IS SIX MONTHS OLD TODAY =-.

    Comment by Deborah Pucci on July 10, 2009
  5. I came across a website yesterday that showed me a picture of a shirtless, semi-six pack sporting Shia jogging through LA, like they were deliberately trying to make me love him. The answer remains firmly “Yeah. NO!”

    Now Steve Burns? Yeah. I absolutely love him. Even before I had kids, I used to watch his episodes of Blue’s Clues on Saturday mornings and winked along with his little entendres. I might actually weep when I stumble on the classic episodes on TV. MIGHT!
    .-= fadkog´s last blog ..i remember when you couldn’t wait to love me, used to hate to leave me =-.

    Comment by fadkog on July 10, 2009
  6. OMG, I’m so excited about Big Brother! You know, that’s how we bonded before BlogHer, do you remember?

    You were all “I need a roomie.” And I said “you love Big Brother, I love Big Brother, let’s be roomies!”

    And now look at us!

    Comment by Kristabella on July 10, 2009
  7. ooh I’ve had the stress hives before in college. NOT FUN. Life is such an adventure sometimes…

    Comment by Jen on July 10, 2009
  8. Well, on the bright side, you did manage one thing done on your to-do list! Hope you all are feeling better.

    When you get settled in on the big move, maybe we can met up for a snack or drink or wings one night IRL. I’m over that way pretty regularly.
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Drag Racing in the ESPY awards =-.

    Comment by Erica on July 10, 2009
  9. The first time I had strep when I was about Bella’s age, I kept telling my mom my mouth hurt. So she thought my lips were just chapped and kept applying liberal amounts of chapstick. Then, at Montessori, my teacher called my mom to come get me. “Your child’s throat is so swollen she can’t even swallow!” The doctor didn’t even have to do a strep test on me, it was so bad. My mom said she’s probably the only mother in history who treated strep with chapstick!

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on July 10, 2009
  10. Isn’t it amazing how those work-less days fly by? You’re all, “I’m going to be super productive!” but then you end out spending 4 days straight on Google trying to find evidence that Chef Ramsay from Hell’s Kitchen is gay. (I stand by my word.) At least you found ice cream to help you through the suck.
    (And incidentally, have you seen the episode of Yo Gabba Gabba guest starring Jack Black? Fucking priceless.)

    Comment by MonsteRawr on July 10, 2009
  11. I heard somewhere that itching was one of the worst forms of torture. So I guess what I’m saying is that you should be BRAGGING about those hives, baby!

    I have a hive project of my own that I haven’t blogged about yet, because it’s not over yet. It’s allergy-related, not stress related. I figured I’d blog about it as soon as I found out what was causing it, only I haven’t figured it out yet. And it’s been 3 or 4 years now or 24/7 hives. Grrrr!!!!!

    Comment by Margaret (Nanny Goats) on July 10, 2009
  12. I am totally a Steve girl! Take Care!

    Comment by Chantal on July 10, 2009
  13. You really should put your bras and underwear away.

    Comment by Mac & Cheese on July 10, 2009
  14. I totally had a hetero man-crush on Steve from Blue’s Clues during college. We’d watch him after Springer.

    Comment by Avitable on July 10, 2009
  15. I remember seeing a piece of some sit-com a few years back where the lead female wakes up in a dream with Steve in her bed. The real Steve. She’s shocked but he tells her it’s all right and fairly common for moms.

    Comment by Captain Dumbass on July 11, 2009
  16. Please eat more ice cream.

    Do not stop until your ass looks like mine.


    Comment by Miss Britt on July 11, 2009
  17. I definitely like Steve better than the other guy. I can’t even remember his name…Joe?

    Comment by Angella on July 11, 2009
  18. I love Steve Burns a lot. Especially when he released his indie rock album 6-ish years ago! It’s a really fantastic album, and apparently he’s got a new EP coming out soon.


    Comment by Steph A on July 11, 2009
  19. Rent Netherbeast Incorprated. That is all.

    Comment by Aimee Greeblemonkey on July 13, 2009
  20. Ugly-Hot?

    Comment by Naomi Jesson on July 13, 2009
  21. Hey what McMom people are you meeting up with? TO more interesting than Vancouver eh!

    Comment by Naomi Jesson on July 13, 2009
  22. I have a question for you…does your nanny have a new job?? We are looking, and you talk highly of her (and she has experience with 3, which is important!!)

    Comment by Naomi on July 13, 2009
  23. sorry bella is sick that sucks! and ice cream is delicious….

    Comment by LAVENDULA on July 13, 2009
  24. Steve is WAY better than Joe.

    Please, do not introduce me to any new flavors of ice cream. I have a hard enough time resisting the crappy stuff

    Comment by Sarah on July 22, 2009

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