One order of Calm, coming up

By Mir
January 3, 2009
Category Woohoo!

Yesterday we drove home from New York. It’s a shorter drive than it was outbound, as going to Massachusetts requires both going further east and going through NYC in some way (we took the Bronx Expressway, which is always entertaining). But we did it in a single day, departing at about 6:40 in the morning and rolling into our driveway at 8:33 last night. That included three stops for gas/bathrooms/food, so I was pleased with the time we made. And only once did I have to order a child to lay down its head and take a nap before I would need to come back there and EAT IT, so, really, I call the drive a complete success.

I climbed into my own bed by about 9:05 last night, and promptly fell asleep and slept the sleep of the dead for twelve full hours. This morning I am a new woman. Or at least a much less cranky version of the old one.

This trip taught me a lot about my own internal tolerances and needs, and also gave me ample time to do some serious reflection on our priorities for 2009.

So I got up this morning and sat down at the computer and ordered a tub faucet for the master bathroom; we’re been “meaning to do it” ever since buying the house eighteen months ago, and then I saw how much tub faucets cost and came up with 100 excuses about why we didn’t need one. Well, now it’s done, and just thinking about how many nice, long soaks I’ll need to take to justify the cost has made me positively giddy.

2009: The Year of Calm. And pruney toes.


  1. Barbara

    Here’s to pruney toes!

    Welcome home, Mir.

  2. Damsel

    Three cheers for sleeping in your own bed!

  3. Flea

    Mmm. I like that – the Year of Pruney Toes. A good moniker in a recession.

  4. Gem

    I guess there is a reason why they say Home, Sweet Home! (I kill myself with my originality)

  5. Chuck

    Glad you made it home safely. I’ve never had the joy of a long-haul car trip with kids in the back seat…I’m sure it makes for a fun day. My longest day ever driving was St. Louis to Dallas. TOO long. Enjoy the new tub faucet!

  6. daysgoby

    Oh, I’ll bet your Dad’s house seems so empty right now….

  7. margie

    good good good. glad you are home.

  8. Leandra

    There’s nothing like a good long soak (and a glass of wine — or two) to relax frazzled nerves.

    My goal for 2009? Inner poise. Or something like it. Here’s to a calmer 2009!

    Welcome home. Glad everybody made it home in one piece — especially the kids! ;)

  9. cheryl

    Only 3 gas/food/bathroom stops in 15 hours? I’m impressed.

  10. O.G.

    That line about telling a child to put it’s head down or you would eat it…classic!

  11. FringeGirl

    The year of pruny toes should be quite the year! Glad you travels were safe.

  12. Keyona

    A hot bath makes EVERYTHING better!

  13. Brigitte

    Now I’m picturing one of those shelves that go right across the tub (like in the famous “Death of Marat” painting, so you could be on your laptop without fear of electrocution or drowned computers AT THE SAME TIME as getting all pruney-toed!

  14. Daisy

    Calm is good. Welcome home!

  15. Cele

    Here’s to pruney toes, hot water, and long soaks. You guys need a hot tub. Welcome home.

  16. sheila

    Nothin like a longggg drive to clear your head. (unless you’re driving with my hubby then you are only thinking of arriving intact.).

    Let us know how the new faucet goes. I’ve gotta replace mine too. Not a job I want to start either.

  17. Jenny

    Happy 2009, Mir! Yay for new faucets!

  18. Stephanie

    Glad everyone made it home, safe and sound. I must say, I’m envious of your bathtub faucet. Our one and only bathtub (we have two shower stalls, so we CAN clean ourselves LOL) does have a faucet, but no hot water heater. UGGGGG! When we bought this house, about 18 mos ago…strange…we had a solar panel on the roof. We were forced to replace the roof by our insurance company, so the solar panel had to be removed. The solar company that removed it told us it was obsolete. I don’t know if that was fact, or if they just wanted to be able throw it off the roof, rather than remove it carefully. But, I digress…. We replaced the roof, but then things turned south for us, financially, so we were unable to replace the solar panel, which we discovered AFTER it’s removal, that is was the SOLE source of heat for the upstairs bathroom which contains…you guessed it…our one and only bathtub!

    I wish someone would give me a hot water heater for my 60th birthday, this week, but I don’t see it happening.

    Enjoy a soak for me, will you? :-)


  19. Stephanie

    ohhhh! I typed SIXTY and not FIFTY! ARGH!!! I will ONLY be FIFTY this week! I have an entire TEN years to go before I’m 60!!!! Talk about a freudian slip!

  20. Aimee

    Welcome home! And yes, nothing beats a hot soak.

  21. Debbi

    Ha! I always need a drink after the cross bronx expressway! Glad you are doing better.

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