Monday, February 23, 2009


I hate to jinx it, but I think we are finally getting better. The birthday party was postponed for a week but Riley is now showing all the signs that he will be back to school tomorrow. But....I'm going to reserve action until we've passed through the rest of this day and he's had a good night of sleep. The antibiotics seem to be taking their effect, his appetite is back but not stellar. And his cough could wake the dead. I was feeling so optimistic this morning that I booked us a late-March trip to Florida, a week with Grandma. It was only once I had paid for the tickets that I checked my passport and discovered that it expires in September. That's only five and a half months after my return date and apparently I need six months. So in effect, it has already expired. Hopefully I can get my papers filled, signed and the photos done so that I can get them to the passport office on Thursday (my first chance). That will leave me just three weeks until I leave. Can I afford to be optimistic and think it will arrive in time? Last time I applied for a passport I did it by courier and it took two months. Is it just me or should the expiry date on your passport be the actual date it expires and not six months prior? How crazy is that. I think you should be able to travel right up to and including the day before it expires. But that is just me.

This past week, while we were sweating and aching and sneezing and coughing, the mailman brought me some rubber stamps and distress ink I ordered online and these little treasures have been sitting idle in my studio. I haven't had the energy or the inclination to even open the packaging but it is going to be so much fun once these things return. Some sayings really are true, like, "if you have your health, you have everything". I never take our health for granted and I guess we have done pretty well so far this school year. Up until last week, Riley hadn't had one day off sick. Now he's had six in a row! And up until yesterday he had those sick eyes we all get when we are, well, sick. Today for the first time they are looking clear(er). Here's a shot of him making faces for me.

And my apologies to my OWOH winners, I had to suspend all work on your pieces for the last week and now until Friday. But they are progressing, if slowly.


Snap said...

Happy to hear you are both better! Yippeee! Good luck with the passport and yes, they should expire on the date they say they expire! Florida will *feel* very good to you both! Hope you get to spend some time with your goody package.

Enjoyed your book reviews (as always).


Beth said...

Glad to hear you have the trip to look forward to. That whole passport renewal thing is supposedly (?) easier now. Mine didn't take long.
Also glad to hear you are both on the mend - one of my kids and I now have this darn cold/flu. It's wretched.