Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Taunting

Yesterday I flew to Savannah and drove out to St. Simon’s Island for a work related strategic planning retreat.

I am in meetings all day, but there is a wall of windows facing the marsh.

I can watch the tide rise up and recede against the marsh grass and periodically see egrets and herons flying past.

There are worse places to try to “think outside the box.”

[Oh, the corporate speak!]

Last night I made the de rigueur spousal taunting call, as in…


“Neener, neener, neener! I am away-yay. You are at hoh-ome with the short and loud people! Mwaaa haaa haaa!!”

K answered the phone and I heard him say hello, but then all I could hear were two young voices screaming in chorus,


“No mine! Get off of me! He hit me! NO!! AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”

It sounded like a demilitarized zone complete with fighter planes and artillery fire.


“I have bad news,” I said.


“WHAT?” K shouted. “WHAT??”


“I have to stay an extra day.”

I heard K sigh and go quiet.

Then there was a giant explosion noise.

I’m pretty sure my kitchen floor has a bomb sized crater in it now.

I thought to myself,

"I have to stay another day! Hallelujah!"

[Sometimes The Joys are evil!]

52 comments:

skiplovey said...

Yes there could be much worse things. And you'll probably get a full night's sleep too. Jealous.

meno said...

Are you practicing synergy and empowerment too?

jakelliesmom said...

Staying an extra day, oh, that's so rough - for them! Enjoy being on your own (minus the work thing) time.

*~*Cece*~* said...

Woohoo for time away...even if it means you've got to work! lol

Nancy said...

I attended a business meeting once at a remote beach in Florida, with scenery much like you described. And I left J at home with one little one in the midst of a huge blizzard.

I don't remember hearing explosions on the phone, though I wouldn't have been too surprised. ;-)

furiousBall said...

live it up. i say you squeeze the touthpaste from the wrong end and everything... like a rock star

flutter said...

evil indeed, and vile, don't forget

Not the Queen said...

I could use one of those retreats right now.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

That sounds heavenly and that is one of my favorite areas.

I say as long as the house is still standing when you get home, no worries.

Live it up mama!

Fran said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

You made me homesick......I grew up in St. Marys, GA about 30 minutes south of St. Simons. My parents actually live on the marsh.

Fran

Bastet said...

I want your job! Retreats in Savannah, ahhhh. Heck, at this point you could send me to Guantanamo Bay and I'd be happy...and to think I only have 1! LOL

~JJ! said...

Short and Loud people..Love it.

Avery Gray said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you have to stay away from your precious family for another whole day! How will you cope with the pain?

Mrs. Chicken said...

What I wouldn't give for a business trip. Maybe Santa will bring me a job for Christmas.

liv said...

i think you should practice ditching your meetings and get outside. next time, call them from the beach while eating salami. that'll slay 'em.

Jenifer said...

Take me with YOOOOOUUUUU!

Lisa Milton said...

Sometimes you just have to sacrifice the *happy family time* to provide, right?

Queen Karana said...

Oh, the mean-ness! I'm sure K wasn't very happy - but I bet he loves you anyway. :)

What a nice mini vacation for you! Lucky dog.

QT said...

You are a lucky dog. Don't forget to take your name tag off when you hit the beach...

Circus Kelli said...

And THAT is the upside to business trips. :)

The Hotfessional said...

Business Trips. They are my lifeline.

With a retired husband, I am never alone otherwise.

Kelly said...

Life is soooo good sometimes...

urban-urchin said...

I love meno's comment. Touchbase meetings, sowing the seeds of productiveness, getting to yes. arrrrgggghhhhh- i can spout this horse cr*p in my sleep by now... Who comes up with corporate buzz words and sayings?

Enjoy your reprive! I'm jealous

Holly said...

Sometimes a reprieve is a good thing! Enjoy it!

Selfmademom said...

ah yes, the little known benefits of business travel. enjoy your P&Q!

Loralee Choate said...

OMG. That retreat sounds fabulous. My retreats currently consist of escaping to the gas station to get a Diet Coke. If I need some extra special "Down Time" I hang out in the Hostess snack section for an extra 15 minutes.

Clearly, I need a life.

Sigh.

Jozet at Halushki said...

WHAT?!

WHAT?!

I CAN'T READ YOUR BLOG POST RIGHT NOW!

I'M PUTTING OUT THE LASAGNA!

Kelley said...

OK, got totally distracted by the mention of Egrets.... keep thinking about that episode of Family Ties where one of the parents (the Dad?) was making a documentary called the Egrets Regret.

Sheesh my mind is a wondrous thing, full of crap from the eighties...

You know you are going to pay for rubbing it in that you are away dont you????? Can't wait for THAT blog post!

carrie said...

Oh my, how I envy you right now.

Enjoy it, my friend.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

St. Simon's Island is BEAUTIFUL!

I am sure you were terribly upset that you had to stay! But...not nearly as upset as K is! :)

Just a Walk in the Park said...

Sure, you had to stay an extra day for "business", does that include room service and sleeping in? I would if I was you,those times are few and far between.

cronznet said...

I'm just reading "The Mermaid's Chair," Sue Monk Kidd's second novel set on an island much like you describe.
Congrats on the extra day. I know you'll remember to be extra nice to K when you return to The Kid Zone (scary music plays).

Amy [Taste Like Crazy] said...

St. Simons is awfully close to me. :) I'm glad you're getting an extra day of "vacation".

And, you've been summoned to my blog.

Meme link
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-The Shiny Happy Mama- said...

Enjoy your much deserved break, even if you have to work :-)

Jen said...

I've always suspected that when my husband calls and sadly says "I have to work late" that he's secretly doing a happy dance around his desk. I swear that one of these days he's going to call and NOT hear cries and screams and crashes and he's going to want to come home on time.

kittenpie said...

That was likely K's fist going through a wall at your news...

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I'm so jealous. I need a vacation!

PunditMom said...

In Savannah AND for an extra day? I could say something, but I like you too much! ;)

JoeinVegas said...

Ooo - you do have a mean streak down there somewhere.

mamatulip said...

Enjoy it. Stretch out in the bed, listen to music with swear words, enjoy a full meal by yourself!

And then get ready to go home and assess the damage. LOL!

Gretchen said...

Spousal taunting - very funny!

So sad you have to stay an extra day ;)

Above Average Joe said...

That was mean.

Funny.

But mean.

BOSSY said...

Yeah, you may be away and all, but does the bathroom within your hotel room feature a window? Because that's going away in Style.

susiej said...

Ahhh, the peace of it!!

kgirl said...

heh heh. enjoy. hopefully the clean up crews will have made it to your kitchen before you get home ;)

Shawn said...

A bomb ... in the kitchen ... excellent idea. I'll try that this evening and then I'll have to leave, I"ll have to go to a swank hotel for the night or the week. Awesome. Thanks.

Janet said...

the number one thing I miss about my old corporate job: the eat-in-a-restaurant-uninterrupted-sleep-in-a-king-sized-bed-on-someone-else's-tab travel perks.

Meh, there's cookies here.

Stimey said...

Someday I'm going to be on that side of the phone. And it's going to feel sooooo good.

JCK said...

:) AM SO jealous...

And I love that part of the country...sigh. We spent a week every summer for 8 years on Edisto Island.

Shannon said...

YES!! You have joined the dark side of moms who relish their time away from kids while the husband stays home to suffer :)

Deb said...

Ohhh... that's almost enough to make me want to go back to work.

Anonymous said...

Were you aware that the federal center for all Park Ranger training is just outside of Saint Simons Island?