Thursday, August 5, 2010

The One with All the Parenthesis

So, Vic (I just can't call him Spuds. I have a problem with admitting that I have a friend with a potato name.) decided to join the ranks of women bloggers at BlogHER in New York. He really wanted to go to BlogHIM, but until someone organizes that (HA HA HA! See what I did there? I made a joke! Because everyone knows a bunch of men aren't going to organize a conference), he decided to see what all the fuss was about at BlogHer. (I personally think he just wanted to check out all the hot mom bloggers.) Hmmm, could I use any more parenthesis in this post? (That was rhetorical.) Hey look, yes, I can use more parenthesis!

So, anyway, Vic decided to go to BlogHer, but since he made this decision at the last minute, airfare under $5000 to New York was hard to come by. So, with the help of yours truly, we figured it might be cheaper to fly through Chicago and continue to New York on the same flight I was taking. See, that way, I didn't have to worry about sitting next to a coughing, snotting, smelly weirdo, and he didn't have to worry about someone having heart palpitations because his shoulders encroached into their seating area. (Really, his shoulders are about as wide as he is tall. Or, for another example, about as wide as my butt is.)

So, I picked him up from the airport yesterday. My kids were thrilled with the whole driving around the airport 50,000 times and finally parking since Vic couldn't seem to locate his luggage that was never actually lost. Then, instead of taking him downtown and showing him the awesome sights of the city, I dragged him to Home Depot and Play it Again Sports and Target. (What? I wanted him to feel at home with all the running around and kids screaming in the background.)

He cut his finger while fixing my window and confused poor Brooklyn. She kept offering him a BandAid and looking very puzzled at the wet toilet paper he'd stuck to his finger. I looked at her "what's wrong with this guy?" expression as the proffered BandAid, dangled from her little fist, then I consoled her with, "Sweetie, they don't have BandAids in Tennessee. They just use toilet paper." (Vic has a slightly different account of the incident HERE.)

Anyway, it was a nice short flight today. I was freezing. He offered me his sport coat. He asked the flight attendant for tomato juice (EW! That's just wrong unless it's mixed with vodka.) And he hardly laughed at all when I couldn't figure out why I was unable to return my tray table to it's original position. I kept slamming it up. Slam! Slam! SLAM!!! The poor person in front of me got whiplash thanks to all my slamming. Then he gave me a "Really? Are you serious" look, as he reached over and the pulled the water bottle out of the seat pocket, enabling me to lock the tray in place. And then he carried my bag with my computer. I'm not sure, but I think he may have rolled his eyes when I asked if he was sure it wasn't too heavy. (Hey, it was breaking my shoulder!)

So now, here we sit in a relatively quiet corner of the hotel bar, tandem-blogging while waiting for our rooms to be ready.




49 comments:

Shilo said...

OMG---this is an amazing post. Have fun in The Big Apple!

Mommy said...

Gosh, you're pretty.

Chick Hatchers said...

I have to keep telling myself that I don't actually know you even though I know we must live relatively close to each other and I read your blog, but I'm going to comment on the picture of you anyway. I swear you must be getting younger. You looked great at the beach and the blue shirt posted today is very flattering. Now I have to get up off my butt because it's getting bigger...

Kris Roach said...

Great pictures of both of you...must be Dawn's camera...how fun! You guys are cute...glad you met each other. It is keeping both sets of your blog followers entertained.

Robin said...

Too cute! Keep us posted on the adventures of Spuds & Dawn. :)

DeeAnne said...

Glad you are having a great trip thus far and were able to make it better with a friend!

That is an AWESOME picture of you by the way! You need to hire Vic to do all your publicity photos!

Kris Roach said...

How nice both of you look in the pictures, obviously taken with Dawn's camera. So glad you two met, it is keeping all of your blog follwers entertained as we follow your sweet journey...

Megryansmom said...

You look pretty hot and sultry there Dawn ;) Only the best wishes for you.

SandyAnnDee said...

So fun to read. Great pics of you both!

Sarah said...

Loved Vic's redition of the story and yours as well. Sounds like the 2 of you are well-suited for each other. And you do look very pretty in your blue shirt, tanned little self! :) Have fun!

Kathy said...

I know everyone else has commented on that pic of you already - but it is a GREAT picture!!!! You look great in blue, and with that tan, just beautiful! Have fun in the Big Apple!

The Mommy said...

I'm gonna say this One.More.Time. There is no frickin' way that you're 40. Sorry. Yes. I guess I'm calling you a liar. But in the nicest possible way. :)

Kristin said...

Omgosh Dawn you are so pretty. Love it. I'm enjoying reading both sides of the adventures. I'm glad Clay burped his acceptance of SPUDS that is hysterical.

RefreshMom said...

Hope you (and VicSpuds) have a great time at BlogH__. Wish it wasn't so far away; it would be fun to run into you on an elevator again and catch up. My how things can change in two years, eh?

Mary

Sandra Poarch said...

I always read and never comment. That picture of you is great! It's amazing how being happy shows!! Congrats!!

Lois said...

It's fun to see you looking so happy!

Julia med Sanna said...

Have a fantastic time in NY!
I'm so happy that you two have found eachother - in whatever way you choose that to be!
And Dawn, I do have to agree with the others - you're looking pretty darn good!
(So does Spuds, but you didn't hear that from me, I'm a married woman!)

Ducky said...

Dawn you are extremely gorgeous and no arguing.. LOL! Vic (Spuds) is pretty handsome there too!! Hope you both have a great kid free time in NY!

vadercat2006 said...

Oh wow, I really like that picture of you! It makes you look like really young...

Amber Narae said...

Dawn, I must say it... in all the pictures you've posted since Christmas and the divorce decision, you look HAPPIER. You look like a woman who feels good about herself, and is headed in a positive direction with her life. I'm glad for you =)

Jacqui said...

You look so happy! So thrilled for you.

Julesagain said...

This is SO much fun to peek in on you guys. You look lovely and happy and bubbly. I hope you have a great time! NYC is so much fun. Even better to have someone fun and gallant to share it with! Go Dawn!

Sharon said...

Have fun! Who's watching the kids...on both sides of the equation?

lori said...

looking good, happy and relaxed.

Donna said...

y'all are a hoot!

lizziehoop said...

Love the "Friends" title! Have a great time in NYC. And you definitely look happy. My husband gets tomato juice on the plane too - they always come back and offer him the rest of the can because no one else drinks it... I love how all men are the same when it comes to finding things and expecting things to jump out at them when they need them. I keep telling my husband that I am going to invent a fridge that is 20 feet long but only deep enough to hold a jug of milk - that way nothing is ever (hiding) behind anything else.

Dar said...

Dawn... You look Happy... It's good to see you HAPPY. I think this has something to do with the"change" in all your pic's. No I dont' mean cause Spuds is around. Now that your life has changed even thought you are running "pillar to post" you are HAPPY... Amazing and Congrats :)
Have fun!

Spuds said...

Doesn't she look good? (grining)

Rachel said...

um. are you sure that's not savannah?

Paula71 said...

I agree with everyone else. You look much happier these days. That is a great pic of you.

Donna said...

You're at Blogher? Whoa, I'm impressed. Have yourself a ball; you deserve it.

Table for Seven said...

Though I am happily married, if getting divorced and becoming a single mom to my six kids is going to make me half as sexy as you've become, sign me up. Did ya find the fountain of youth when you were at the OBX???? Oh, and tell Mr. Potato Head he's kinda cute too. ;)

Chris said...

Dawn, u look OMG-AMAZING!!
you look happy, you look confident, you look DARN sexy!

Love, C.

WeaselMomma said...

Have a great time at the conference, both of you.

Erin T. said...

While I won't say that you two should "get together" (obviously that's no one's business) I will say that I'm happy for you that you've met someone who you can connect with. Someone who knows what it's like to be a single parent of 6. Someone who can help you fix broken windows!!!

Chris said...

Dawn, first of all, you look terrific and happy. Awesome.

Second, get a netbook. I carried my computer on my shoulder for YEARS, every day while delivering Avon. Last summer I got a netbook and my life changed. No shoulder pain and even with the stuff I usually carry, it's much lighter!! Love it. (And have a great time in NY!) CAS in PA

Georgie said...

Dawn - You look positively sultry-sexy in that photo! If I didn't know better (Which I really don't) - I'd a thought you two were already IN a room!! wink-wink-nudge-nudge! It is SOOOOOOOOO good seeing you happy! Love your blog!!

Lorene said...

I have followed your blog since Pokemon and Ebay but just recently started following Spuds. I thank both of you for sharing a small part of your life. It's always great to know other parents are sharing some of the same frustrations....er....wonders of parenthood! Enjoy the kid free zone.

Beth in MI said...

Good Lord Dawn! Who's the sexy, sultry woman in the hotel lounge? Not a mom of 6, that's for sure! Holy Moly! No wonder SpudMan likes you so much! :-)

Who's watching all the 12 kiddos while you are gone? And is going to BlogHim/Her a paid gig? It sounds fun, regardless!!

Shari said...

I love the band aid story, both versions are hilarious but of course well know yours was the only true one LOL!!!!! I'm glad you and Spuds have found friendship. You look great!!!!

brent said...

WOW You are verrrrry hot looking in that photo. No way you are 40, you look more like 30. I'm 50 wish i was single and and as handsome as VIC.

dark_chocolate said...

Ooh-la-la! You look HOT in that pic!!! Have fun in NY!

geelizzie said...

You do look *wonderful* in that picture! Very cute and sexy, and that's some kind of cleavage you've got going on there. (no, I'm not gay, just channeling my husband because that would be the very first thing he'd notice.) I'm also among those who are wondering who's watching all 12 kids.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Wow you look so hot and sexy in that picture. Single looks good on you :)

Donna in PA :) said...

You guys are adorable!!! :o)

Hope both of you are enjoying your trip!

Donna in PA :)

Jill said...

"Yours, Mine & Ours" was my all-time favorite movie as a kid... I'm just sayin'. :)))

Jillie

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

I think there was a typo at the end of this blog post -- you said you were waiting for your "ROOMS" to be ready ... bwhahahahahahahah! I crack myself up!

Laura said...

I must add my two cents. Dawn you look amazing. And quite happy. I love hearing about you and 'Spuds'
Blessings on you and your kids. :)

AuntyM said...

Dawn you lot h-o-t in that photo! Cleavage and everything. LOL

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