Miscellaneous Catchall


When I was a kid I had a faded red canvas drawstring bag with the words “Misc. Catchall” lettered on the front in fabric paint. My mom had picked it up somewhere – thrift shop, or yard sale, maybe, and then it came into my possession. It was, indeed, exactly what its slogan advertised. I used that bag for all manner of things over the course of many years. Sometimes, in blogging, circumstances (such as dire neglect by the blogger) necessitate a post that serves as a sort of visual miscellaneous catchall. This would be one of those posts. Feel free to go grab a cup of coffee, throw in a load of laundry, negotiate peace in the Middle East, whatever – I’ll be done here shortly.
1) Plans for California are coming along nicely, or, at least, as nicely as they can possibly come along without actually securing transportation there. I am not sure when we’ll be able to get our plane tickets but I hope to heck it’s soon. I’d like to have some options for times/dates rather than being stuck with whatever is still available at the last minute. I’m going gangbusters on the theoretical plans, though. My intention (much to the horror of my father, when he finds out) is to try to stay four weeks. We’ve done three-and-a-half before but never a full four. Hand in hand with planning that long a stay goes planning some times when the kids and I can depart for a night or two to give my dad a break and prevent a possible stroke on his part. Of course just where we go and for how long depends on the bank account situation so, again, it’s all theoretical at this point. I do have a friend lined up who is willing to take us in for a night, should I need to beat a hasty retreat, but I really would like to also take them….somewhere. Perhaps to the beach for a night or two. Another option, for when Robert is there with us, is Disneyland. Monterey has also been mentioned. Nothing will be decided until closer to time to leave, if not after we actually get out there, but it’s good to have some sort of idea ahead of time.
Also in the crossing-our-fingers-and-hoping-really-hard category is my and Robert’s brief trip up to Vegas. Since it opened two years ago we have been trying to formulate a plan to go see Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles tribute show, LOVE. We wanted to meet some friends from Milwaukee there and all see it together but it just has not worked out and doesn’t look like it will any time soon. With the economy being how it is and travel and tourism being down, along with everything else, I don’t feel like I can gamble any longer that the show will still be open when we finally get around to coordinating our schedules. So our current plan now is for me and Robert to make a quick dash up to Vegas from California, leaving the kids with my parents. It’s only a six hour drive from my parents’ house and we only plan to be gone one night. We’ll go up one morning, see the show that night, stay over and come back the next day. While we’d both always love to stay longer, the brevity of the visit makes it both financially feasible and ensures that my poor mother will survive babysitting the trio.
2) Plans for Abbey Road on the River are also moving along. As I may have mentioned last year after returning I plan to take Madalyn this time. She’s really looking forward to it and I am, too. I think I’m definitely ready to have some company for the weekend. It’s not that I’ve lost my penchant for spending time alone; it’s just that the appeal for this particular activity seems to have worn off somewhat. Plus the kid works hard and does well in school, not to mention helping me out immensely around the house, so she deserves a trip just for herself; a little something extra that the younger kids don’t get to do.
3) In the even more immediate future is Madalyn’s G&T class field trip next week. I have volunteered to help chaperone and, I have to say, am looking forward to it as much as (if not more than) she is. We will be going first to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art at St. Gregory’s University. They have a collection of Egyptian antiquities and the G&T classes have been studying ancient Egypt all month (they are currently mummifying a fish – the teacher is a brave soul, indeed!) The museum is even going to bring out some items which aren’t usually on display for the kids to see, which is most lovely of them. From there we head up to the city and Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly the Omniplex). That promises to be a good time. I’m especially looking forward to the special pirate exhibit. We will be eating lunch at the museum’s cafe. It’s going to be a long day – we leave the school around 8:15 a.m. and don’t return until at least 6:30 p.m. – but I’m really looking forward to it.
4) Even more immediately than that is a trip up to Norman/Moore this weekend. We have an errand to run and then, at the very least, Madalyn, Johnny and myself will go see the Hannah Montana movie at the snazzy Warren theater. (It’s yet to be determined whether Robert and Eliza will suffer through it or go find something else to do for a couple of hours.) While there we also plan to do a little summer clothes shopping, mostly for Madalyn as she has, typically, outgrown 90% of the warm-weather things she was wearing just six months ago.
5) That clothes shopping, by the way, should be interesting. I plan to, for the first time ever, let Madalyn pick out most of her own things. This is a huge step for me in letting go of some control. Everyone knows my especial fondness for children’s clothing and I’ve always been very picky about what she wears. Not only that but any time there’s a choice between several similar items, the one I would choose is never the one she would choose. Her taste is quite different from mine. So big step for mama, here. (Yes, I know she’s 8.5 years old and probably should’ve been doing this before now. If you’d like to be the one to pay to completely outfit Ginormica every six months or so, then you can also be the one who decides how much freedom she gets. Otherwise, feel free to bite me.)
6) There’s some other stuff going on of which I’m not at liberty to speak at this time. It’s not bad or anything; it’s just one of those things where I could go on and on for pages about it only to have it not happen and make me look like an overly-excitable idiot (not that that isn’t the truth; it’s just best not to have proof on the interwebs for everyone to see). It’s our typical we-have-no-clue-what’s-going-to-happen-a-month-or-two-from-now business. Hopefully we will have it hammered out in the next week or so (in terms of figuring out, for certain, what will be our plan of action) and then I can explain all.
That vague enough for you? 🙂
I could probably continue this exercise in pointless verbosity but it’s late and the alarm rings awfully early on weekdays (especially the ones where hubby isn’t home to lend a hand with the morning routine). Therefore I’ll pull the plug on this entry and endeavour to keep on top of things a bit better around here.


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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