by Marinka on March 21, 2013

Today is Thursday and my son and husband are in sunny Florida and my daughter and I are in snowy New York City. I am  starting to suspect that I am doing marriage wrong.

But the good news is that we will all be going to Florida this weekend, so it’s not like we’re going to miss out on the action.  And by “action”  I mean worrying about sinkholes and hurricanes and thunderstorms, and alligators and/0r crocodiles.  I was feeling pretty good about my Worry List and then someone mentioned casually that pythons are eating the entire Florida population, so I had to update and revise my list. This whole python situation is really the last thing I need right now, by the way.

Before my son left, he and my daughter had a brief but meaningful fight about who this trip is more unfair to. He thinks it’s more unfair to him because she gets to bring a friend with her and she thinks it’s more unfair to her because the only reason we’re going to Florida in the first place is because that’s where his beloved Mets have spring training and apparently we have to watch that.  (Note to self:  update Worry List, again.)

I don’t know how the unfairness Olympics ended because I retired to my room to read a book and/or fashion a noose.

But I’m hoping that this trip will give me the energy to start writing my memoir again. I am hoping this despite the fact that no previous trip has ever done that for me, but if there’s one thing I am it’s an optimist. And a liar.


Have a nice weekend!


Update (within a post titled “UPDATE”):

My son just sent me this:




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joeinvegas March 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

You aren’t forcing her to watch baseball are you? I’d have to agree with her then about torture. Can’t she and her friend (and you) just stay away and lay by the pool? Or hit Disneyworld? ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$)


Loukia March 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

Have a nice time in my beloved FL! Where exactly are you going? And don’t worry about crocs, FL just has alligators. And they mostly don’t eat humans. I know because my five year old is a crocodilian expert. Did I spell that right? I don’t know but I love your Michael Kors ads, and now I want to go shopping. xoxo


lini March 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

Florida – Marinka, that’s my home base! (I am a long-time reader but usually am too shy to comment, although I have commented before.) It’s in the 70s near the Orlando area, so do not worry, it is still very cold and miserable for all of us here (the outrage, is it not SPRING? Why are we in winter!)


March 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

So on top of that you need to chaperone another teen and make sure she/he won’t get eaten by a python? I’d rather be snowed in NYC


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes March 22, 2013 at 8:06 am

Have a nice weekend! Just don’t think about the rest of us… in the rain, the snow…
Take a stick with you at all times to put in the python’s mouth, they do it all the time in cartoons so it has to work… right…


Krystal March 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

Ahhh, yes, we Floridians are learning new tricks every day to fight off the pesky pythons. Actually here on the islands we have to fight off dinosaur sized iguanas so you atleast don’t have to worry about those until you cross the 7 mile bridge which judging by the love of all things Mets – you won’t have to. Just steer clear of the mice. Those are rampant in those parts too – along with ducks and dogs and all kinds of weird creatures.

Have fun!!


Gdot March 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

My attention span is short i guess…cause all i took from that post was ” he has 1070 photos on his phone? “


March 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Hope you have a wonderful time! I’m jealous. Even if you get eaten by a python.


deborah l quinn
March 23, 2013 at 2:16 am

Upside of one of your children being eaten by a phython: python may choke & then you’d have a really easy way to fashion fantastic snake-skin shoes without any pesky “endangered species” guilt.
And of course, even if you’re not actually *writing* your memoir while you’re visiting FL, it’s all fodder for the book. So really, you should think of this trip as a research trip & then write off the cost of the plane ticket on your taxes. Win win win, I say. One needs also to remember that, as some-famous-writer said, ‘writers are people for whom writing is harder than it is for others.” Or words to that effect.


the mama bird diaries
March 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

i love a woman who is not afraid to do an update within an update.


Lady Jennie March 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I would even watch baseball training if I could lie on a beach.


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