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Mommy Plans, Baby Laughs

Monday, 31 March 2008

I really did think that it was going to be a smooth day. After all, Peach slept from 9:15pm last night until just after 8:00am this morning. “No problem,” I thought, clearly jinxing myself. Had breakfast, got us both ready for my 10:00am meeting with the uber-amazing Volunteer and Member Service Coordinator to learn about some of their terrific membership programs, and that’s when disaster struck!

Earlier this morning, PC had me put the phone up to Peach’s ear so that he (PC) could talk to him (the baby). Peach responded to PC’s voice by trying to shove my precious Blackberry in his mouth. “Aw, he’s giving you kisses, PC,” I said. Well, just as we were about to walk out the door, Peach decided to have another “chat” with PC, only to discover that “da-da” was no longer on the phone. WHA-ACK! That is the sound a Blackberry makes when a very distraught baby smacks it against the wall. In case you were wondering.

The Blackberry landed on the hard, cold floor with a horrible sound as pieces flew across the room. By now, the baby was screaming and I was very close to losing my cool. I scooped up all the parts and put the phone back together. Horrified, I watched as the carcass pathetically attempted to revive itself. To no avail. The screen, though intact, was clearly no longer functional. Psychedelic swirls of yellow, blue, and red were all that remained.

Parenting is a hands-on, constant exercise in patience and restraint. Getting hysterical and screaming at an eleven-month old would serve no purpose and in fact would escalate the entire situation. Instead, I moved my meeting until the afternoon and crawled back into bed with my overwrought baby. And slept for three hours. [Jet-lag.]

Fast-forward several hours…

Overland Park is a wonderful city. In fact, with the exception of its very, very expansive sky (the terrain is pretty flat here) and the lack of ocean (this is the midwest), Kansas doesn’t seem all that different from SoCal. Starbucks, Borders, Pump it Up. Just like home. And with a T-Mobile less than 3 miles away.

Would it surprise you to learn that they no longer carrying the model I had? $374.14 later…and FrumeSarah is the resigned owner of a Blackberry Curve. I can’t even enjoy my new toy, knowing that it was an unplanned (and rather unnecessary) expense.

Fortune from tonight’s dinner:

You shouldn’t overspend at the moment. Frugality is important.

Hey up there, I know you are totally enjoying this!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Monday, 31 March 2008 9:07 pm

    oh boy oh boy…so that’s where you’ve been for the last day or so…oy. that just stinks…

    …this is why i pay for the insurance…not that you want to hear that right now.

  2. Tuesday, 1 April 2008 2:17 pm

    Oops!
    Sometimes the universe demands we spoil ourselves!
    Can’t complain can we 😉

  3. Frume Sarah permalink
    Tuesday, 1 April 2008 3:08 pm

    Yeah, insurance. $5.95 a month and a $110.00 deductible. Math skills shaky, as you know, but I’m thinking insurance would have been a good idea…

    And Liesl, what a great attitude. Once I get over the guilt, I’ll start to enjoy it 🙂

  4. Tuesday, 1 April 2008 9:25 pm

    I know, especially this month, as I ease into my larger financial obligations I’m wincing a bit about spending any money I don’t “need” to, but sometimes essentials just come up and you can’t feel guilty.
    It’s not like you aren’t using it 😛

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