Friday, January 30, 2009

Zoo cancelled, purpose not

Good morning! Well, yesterday did not turn out much like I had planned. By the time I had dropped off all of the kids at school, Ainsley's teacher called to tell me that the trip to the zoo was cancelled due to weather. I was torn. I really did not want to visit the zoo with temperatures in the 30s but I really was looking forward to spending some quality kiddo time. I had worked over the weekend and almost 10 hours a day, even skipping the joy of playing in the snow and ice with my kiddos on a snow day so that I would get to spend some time with Ainsley. I felt like I ate all my dinner and we were all out of dessert. Oh well, I will have to make it up to them (and to myself) once I get back from this meeting in Chicago.

The good news is that I sit in a familiar place on our couch with Ainsley and a six inch stuffed Dora the Explorer as I type away and "they" watch Mickey Mouse Playhouse on the tube.

My life is pretty good.

Oooh! Ooooh! Oh! Funny moment that needs to be remembered. Last night we were sitting around the table finishing dinner. As usual the kiddos were still fighting to clean the lasst bites off of their plates. I am happy to say that Sydney, as usual, finished all of her vegetables. She was hemming and hawing about how she was too full to finish the 5 bites of shrimp that she had on her plate. The others of course began doing the same thing. They, though, were complaining about eating their vegetables and quite sure they would die from over eating if they ate a single carrot more. All of a sudden I saw a movement out of the corner of my eye. Lynley saw the same thing and we both looked at Sydney. She had a tremendously guilty look on her face and immediately blurted out "What? I wasn't feeding Norman under the table!" Lylney and I almost choked on our drinks. We had absolutely no idea what she had been doing under the table. It was apparent that this is exaclty what she was doing with her shrimp. I don't think either one of us had ever witnessed Sydney in such a bold and obvious guilty lie. I think the funniest thing is that neither Lynley or I would have even suspected she was feeding her food to Norman. It took Lynley and I a few moments to regain our composure and stop laughing. Kids are great aren't they, especially when they are self tattling.

So, this morning I travel to Chicago for a CNCF board meeting. I am not particularly looking forward to the weather but I am looking forward to being heard. It should not come as a surprise that I have a lot to say. There is a lot of research that needs funding. We need to buck up, plow through though this recession, and get the research engine chugging.

Now is the time for action.

Purpose is in gear.

1 comment:

Charla Bradford said...

I have some friends that have four children and they don't want to eat their vegetables either. Now what they do is serve the vegetables first and they have to eat them first before they get the main course or the meat. It seems to work for them. Just a thought.