Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I'm Back, I'm Back (and Is the Sky Falling?)...

Well I'm back in Ohio and back in the office and I survived my Thanksgiving road trip. There were skunks. There was a futon. There was a not-very-vegetarian-friendly TG dinner with sub-par pie. There was the most disgusting bathroom ever in a Washington, PA Sunoco station that still skeeves me out every time I think about it. And I did not, in fact, dodge the Nikki-from-my-husband's-high school bullet. (Despite the fact that we left State College a day later than my spouse wanted to, suddenly there was Nikki at the restaurant in Athens interrupting my salsa eating. OK, she seemed pleasant enough, but still...)

In the news since I last posted: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt froze acquistions, and just today Simon & Schuster is eliminating 35 positions. My company laid of 45 people at the end of October. My boss was vacationing in Thailand and is still working on getting home. My best- friend-since-I-was-8 is in India with her family. The news all around is worry-making.

Yet my husband called me this morning, laughing. He had just dropped Murray off at nursery school and told me they had a display of "make a wish" pictures hanging in the hallway. They took each kid's picture and asked them their holiday wishes. Murray really wants this pair of Thomas trains called Splatter and Dodge. He talks about Splatter and Dodge all the time. He dictated a letter to Santa about Splatter and Dodge. He claims to dream about Splatter and Dodge. Murray's make a wish picture was captioned "splattering dots." I wrote that on a Post-it and put it on my monitor. It's my happy-making graffiti.

6 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

That is classic! Are you sure I can't bribe you to bring him over to My class? He would fit right in.

Vodka Mom said...

damn that Houghton Mifflin. And, while I'm at it, damn that Simon and Shuster. Oh, wait. Should I be damning George Bush? Oh, yeah. I did that Nov. 4.

Stephanie Roth Sisson said...

Eeek. Well, it will proabably get worse before it gets better I imagine...a reason for all of us to create some really great work and push ourselves. I've been reasing Malcom Gladwell's latest work, OUTLIERS which actually makes me feel more optimistic about the possibilities out there...

Solvang Sherrie said...

I miss having a preschooler. Sigh. I hope the publishing industry isn't as hard hit as the auto industry is. Although, maybe if it is hit that hard, they could qualify for that seemingly endless supply of bailout money...

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