And we’re OFF!


We’re going to miss the garbage man today. First pickup after we gifted him with treats for Christmas and we’re not even going to see him as we will (hopefully) be in the air on our way to Dallas. Where we will then bolt to our next flight during our 45-minute layover and head to Tucson. Where we will succumb to a whirlwind of wedding activities including Nikki’s second attempt at being a Flower Girl. Hopefully it will go better than the first time when her brother had to carry her down the aisle due to stage fright.

I meant to post yesterday. How funny is it that I posted the days surrounding Christmas and even Christmas itself no problem, but the Monday after? I’m silent. I have weird blogging habits, don’t I? I hope to post while I’m gone as I’m going to assume there’s WiFi somewhere where we’re staying. There’s three pools…SURELY there’s WiFi. Even if it’s not free…surely it’s still there. I want to show you pictures as we’re gone! My favorite thing about Tucson – besides my wonderful (and dorky) brother of course – is the scenery. I photograph the hell out of Tucson whenever I’m there. Can’t wait to get out and do it again with the kids this time. They’ve never seen a saguaro cactus up close, I hope they’re as impressed as I was my first time.

It’s hard to pack for a 2-year old as you will wish you had brought ITEM X no matter how much you pack. I’ve learned that over the years…everything you think you need to keep them entertained? Will prove useless and you’ll always think of that ONE THING you opted to leave behind and you’ll convince yourself that ONE THING is what would have made things easier. They’ll travel well or they won’t – no matter what you bring. I did, however, take almost all of the music off my iPhone and replace it with episodes of Dora. I’m officially lame. Goodbye Alkaline Trio, Jason Mraz, Against Me! and Indigo Girls. Hello Boots and Swiper! Hopefully the cartoon that saves me during my most desperate moments at home will make the plane ride much easier on Wes. Otherwise? I’m suing Nickelodeon.

Hopefully you’ll hear from me tomorrow. But – if wedding chaos and technical difficulties keep me away – please have a wonderful New Year. I think every year that this blog and the friends I’ve made here have made my life so much better. I started this blog January 1994. That means my blog is about to be 7. Thank you all for a wonderful seven years. I’m not exaggerating when I say you have made my life richer. Thank you. I hope my periodic discussions of boob sweat and diet coke (Not to be taken together, of course) sometimes make you smile.


10 thoughts on “And we’re OFF!”

  1. Have a blast at your brother’s wedding and Happy New Year!!!! =D Lol it’s so funny your iphone is filled with Dora. have to grin at that =P

    and thank U for sharing with us this wonderful blog~~~~xoxo

  2. It is beautiful (and has been over the holidays) here in Tucson today–however, tomorrow is calling for rain and then a chance of snow by Friday…in other words, unless you packed your heavy winter clothes, you will have probably forgotten to pack something! Oh well–it will still be beautiful while cold…have a fantastic time, wonderful wedding and family time, and enjoy the cactus!

  3. I too am rather confused by your math 😉 I think you mean 2004 probably, either that or you started out on Angelfire and I missed it heh. You and your children are adorable and I hope the wedding goes very well!

  4. Hello Zoot ! I have enjoyed your blog for years. You have made me smile, laugh and think. I cried with the loss of your dad and the beautiful tribute posts to him. I don’t remember how I found you but reading your blog feels like catching up with a friend : ) I have been a single mom for nine years and I read four blogs regularly, hardly ever posting a comment. Tonight for whatever reason I wanted to say hello from tennessee and thank you. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. Ha ha – I was actually about to tell you I started blogging in ’93 – I didn’t even realize until I read the other comments that you may have meant 2004 as I surely mean 2003!

    Where did you start blogging? I did Live Journal until I (through reading your blog!) discovered Word Press sometime in 2006.

    Have a wonderful trip! My aunt and cousins live in Tucson – – –

  6. Have fun! If you’re staying at the Hilton on E. Broadway, try the breakfast burritos. They are WONDERFUL! We were there a year and a half ago when my daughter was in a wedding. The saguaros are magnificent.

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