January 10, 2007

Apparently the steroid medication they gave Riley for his croup is wearing off right on schedule, and JB is doing the hot-shower, cold-air routine with a cranky baby back at home and I officially feel shitty for being gone. I’m worried from afar, which is a helpless, unhappy feeling. Seattle is in the midst of a snowstorm and the roads are nasty, so even if JB felt like doing a quick jaunt to the ER just to be on the safe side it’s not really a great option tonight.

Oh, here’s hoping our boy falls asleep and breathes easy tonight. Maybe if I sit here and power-fret for a few hours I can magic that airway-inflammation out of existence.

Before I got the news about Croup II, Electric Croupaloo, I had a wonderful evening with Lisa, who was kind enough to ferry my ass away from the Moscone for a few hours. We had dinner at a super-tasty Italian place in the Inner Sunset neighborhood (I hope I have that right), and I was thrilled to be 1) in such good company and 2) visiting a part of the city other than the three-block radius around the convention center.

Notable mentions from Macworld today:

• I saw Robin Williams. Like, not the Peachpit author, the guy with the hairy arms who should really stick to comedy instead of playing psychopaths in movies. (Mychal, did you see him too? He had some kind of crazy hat on with sparkles. Also, sunglasses, because OF COURSE.) I was strangely excited by a quasi-celebrity presence and found myself pointing and hopping up and down while saying “Robin Williams! Robin Williams!” like a total goober.

• When the people offering the 10-minute massage services yell out “Chair massage? Anyone want a chair massage?” it’s probably best to curb your desire to yell back, “Does it come with a happy ending?”

• People need to pace themselves on this iPhone craziness. I mean, seriously. Take a baby aspirin and lie down for a while, tech pundits, you’ve got until JUNE.

• I had a cab driver today who started complaining about Macworld in general and went on to berate all the people who had waited in line overnight for the keynote. “All I say,” he said. “Is people need get lives.” I said how I had a couple coworkers who waited in that line and he shook his head in disgust and peered at me in the rearview mirror. “Maybe you should find different job.”

S.F. photos:



And JB’s contribution, so to speak, from Seattle:


(You knew his name wasn’t really JB, right? Also, did you know he had such good…uh, penmanship?)

Cross your fingers with me that Riley is on the mend, will you. I’m feeling so far away, and I miss his little face.



44 Responses to “Day three dispatch”

  1. Alex on January 10th, 2007 11:20 pm

    Huge get well wishes being sent Riley’s way!

    Enjoy San Fran! Such a gorgeous city…and seriously, $600 for a phone?! What exactly can the iPhone *do*? Pee for me?

  2. honeybecke on January 10th, 2007 11:31 pm

    Hi, so sorry to hear about your little misters croupy misery. Seal bark- like in Sammy the Way Out Seal. ANyone ever see that old Disney movie?? God, I loved that movie as a kid! Also, speaking of movies of old, the croup always reminds me of my Anne of Green Gables phase.

    I’m glad you were able to get out of your 3 block radius (reminds me of the earth worn track a mule turning grain would make. One deep circular grove) to have a good night and some good food.
    Did you eat Bruscetta? YUM.

    JB- John Boy?
    or John (insert middle name starting with B here)?
    Just curious :)
    I hope Riley tackles that fucking croup soon.
    You’ll be okay too, though that’s easy for me to say huh!

  3. sundry on January 10th, 2007 11:34 pm

    JB = Johnny Bravo. : )

  4. RA on January 10th, 2007 11:37 pm

    Hi – first time commenter here… Just wanted to say that I love your photos and, oddly, I’m in SF this week for work, too, though not for Macworld. I saw the billboards for it and thought of you; suddenly the lack of hotel rooms became clear.

    I hope you have a good week and that Riley feels better soon.

  5. Pete on January 10th, 2007 11:52 pm

    How much was drunk for that? ;-)

  6. mrsgryphon on January 11th, 2007 12:15 am

    oooo – the crouptastic croup. been there. hope Riley gets better soon (steam really does help!!)

  7. Mama Ritchie on January 11th, 2007 12:25 am

    My thougts exactly, Pete. I believe it’s RILEY who’s supposed to be drinking liquids, not JB. Sheesh – that’s like a whole crate of Dasani right there.

  8. Dr. B. on January 11th, 2007 1:05 am

    Croup II Electric Croupealoo, a happy ending, and a snowy love note made of pee all in one post? Wow. I’m humbled. Truly humbled. (I’d say I’m de-lurking to say this. But I think I posted once before. And I wouldn’t want to lie to you about something like that.) Safe travels.

  9. Mona on January 11th, 2007 1:11 am

    This totally reminds me of that joke about pee in the snow outside the White House being identified as the Vice-President’s urine but in the First Lady’s handwriting.

  10. Chiara on January 11th, 2007 1:44 am

    I’m glad you and the lovely Miss Lisa got to get together…that must have been a fun dinner. And John never ceases to amaze me.

    Hope croupy Riley feels better soon and that no one has to go for the ipecac bottle.

  11. Sally on January 11th, 2007 2:45 am

    Wow – the snow-writing, I so did not get the “penmanship” allusion until I read the comments! Importantly – is that the FRONT (i.e. in full view of the neighours) garden?

  12. MrsGrumpy on January 11th, 2007 3:45 am

    Wow. Your husband has it all over mine in the writing dept.

    When my youngest was 1ish to 2ish I felt it was never ending cycle of croupy nights/get some sleep nights with a few rubbing-the-baby’s-belly-because-he’s-constipated nights thrown in for luck or something. Would you believe, now that he is 8 and really demands nothing more from me than a ride to school and something cool to eat that doesn’t include anything green and leafy, that I miss those days? I didn’t think so.

    Nice writing.

  13. ThatGrrrl on January 11th, 2007 4:11 am

    Nope, sorry, can NOT make the transition from JB to John, no way, not gonna happen. JB will always be JB in my head, John is someone ELSE’s husband, not Sundry’s husband. Hope he doesn’t mind too much. Hope the boy stops crouping soon!

  14. JudyU on January 11th, 2007 6:17 am

    Do my eyes deceive me or does the letter O in John look like a heart?

  15. Liz on January 11th, 2007 7:34 am

    Wishing Riley a speedy recovery! My younger brother used to get croup often, the first bout occuring on a family road trip from New Jersey to Louisiana. Good times!

  16. Christine on January 11th, 2007 7:45 am

    Glad you got to see something of San Francisco outside of the Moscone three block radius. If you can, google “Specialties” bakery/deli–I know there is one near the convention center–and go there for a sandwich on just-baked bread and the best cookies you can find. So good!

  17. Donna on January 11th, 2007 7:50 am

    The o does look like a heart! I don’t know that I’ve ever actually seen someone write their name in the snow. (We don’t get much snow)
    Poor croupy Riley, he’ll be ok. Don’t worry. I had it when I was a little kid, and remember being put under a quilt with my mom, with pots of steaming water shoved under it by my gramma. How freaking old am I?
    Johnny Bravo, lol.

  18. warcrygirl on January 11th, 2007 7:56 am

    Wait, this guy expects you to take career advice and he drives a cab?


    Here’s to Riley feeling better and JB’s stellar penmanship. Now, if YOU could write your name in the snow I’d start a new religion and call it Lindaism. If you see anyone from Mythbusters yell hello for me.

  19. jen on January 11th, 2007 8:23 am

    hope the baby feels better soon. im sure it sucks being miles away but jb is also perfectly capable of taking care of the little guy. bummer him being so sick though. i do totally agree though about croup sounding all 1800’sish. haha. crazy how many other comments had the same experience!

    i wanna go back to sf! such a gorgeous city. enjoy it while you can!

  20. ali on January 11th, 2007 8:57 am

    okay..i will admit…i’m salivating just a little bit over the iphone.
    but i’m not planning to get one…probably ever. maybe in three years when they’ve worked out all the kinks and dropped the price…but she sure is PRETTY.

  21. squandra on January 11th, 2007 9:42 am

    God, it took me a minute to realize that’s not the LIVING ROOM RUG.

  22. Amy on January 11th, 2007 10:03 am

    I feel the same way as when I found out about Mr. Big’s real name being John on Sex & the City…..

    Feel better Riley.

  23. Ang on January 11th, 2007 10:13 am

    Wow! Not THAT’S talent!

  24. Lisa S. on January 11th, 2007 10:16 am

    Christine! I suggested Specialities too. Gosh, I love their potato bread.

    Sundry was very gracious in not mentioning how I parked up on a curb, and babbled nonstop to make up for my nervousness. She is excellent dinner company.


    I am so sorry to read about the steroids wearing off. Here’s hoping the seal-barking and sickness ceases soon.

  25. ginger on January 11th, 2007 11:12 am

    The roads are bad, but they aren’t so bad they preclude an ER run if needed, at least not from what I’ve been seeing. I made it in to work by bus in not much more than the usual requisite time, and I know I’m on the wrong side of the water for it to be weather-relevant for you, but the NW Cable News has shown me that the Eastside isn’t so bad, either – this storm was the pits for the South Sound but the rest of us got off relatively lightly.

    I’m glad you and Lisa got to have a nice meal before you got your worry on.

  26. Magpie on January 11th, 2007 11:26 am

    Specialty’s is at Mission and New Montgomery.

  27. Swistle on January 11th, 2007 11:36 am

    Me = dying over the pee-in-the-snow photo. It was funnier to me because it took me so idiotically long to figure out what I was looking at: “Did he embroider his name into a white carpet?” Then it dawned on me that it was pee, but I thought he’d peed on the white carpet. Jesus, I’m slow today.

    We also found that a vaporizer seemed to help with croup symptoms. The pediatrician said to start it up in the closed room a couple of hours before bedtime to get it good and steamy in there.

  28. Sonia on January 11th, 2007 11:54 am

    AAaawwww! Poor Riley and JB! I’m sorry, and crossing my fingers that Riley feels better soon. And the weather in the PNW? WTF??? It is 21 degrees F as I type…..c-c-c-c-old!

  29. justmouse on January 11th, 2007 12:29 pm

    thing 1) Poor Riley, and poor you for worrying so hard. my son was so sick as a little guy, and it just about broke my heart every time. but don’t worry, they are resiliant little things, and trust me, he’ll recover from it before you will ;)

    thing 2) SO TOTALLY JEALOUS!!!!! i lurrrrve me some hairy-armed robin williams!!! and while i agree his comedy is the Best Ever….he does play a very convincing creepy-guy.

    thing 3) PENmanship! BA HA HA HA *snort* HA HA HA!

  30. Tina on January 11th, 2007 1:02 pm

    I guess it’s lucky JB’s name isn’t Jeremiah or Jonathan!

  31. angela on January 11th, 2007 1:06 pm

    I wish I could pee my name into the snow. Stupid girlie anatomy.

  32. Rebecca on January 11th, 2007 1:18 pm

    My Steve was in Bellevue last night, and it took him two hours to get home, after a little bumper car action. This morning roads are just a little icy now, which is a relief from the expected.

    I’d miss that little face too. I love the SF pics. I definitely need to go there soon.

    Did you hear about the lawsuit over rights to the iPhone name?

  33. JennB on January 11th, 2007 1:22 pm

    Oh…. don’t you worry… you’ll be home soon enough to wipe up the boogies! But I know it’s hard, and makes it next to impossible to enjoy yourself… that’s hard. I feel your pain! You’ll be home tomorrow, right? Or Saturday?

  34. telegirl on January 11th, 2007 1:26 pm

    Don’t worry about being a goober… it happens to the best of us. I consider myself to be a very dignified person but you should have seen how JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL I became when I saw Sylvester Stallone on the street outside a posh hotel in Seattle a few years ago. I mean, GAWD, I was so embarrassing as I quickly illegally parked and shoved my camera at my friend as I ran down the street against traffic yelling at him to hurry up FOR GOD’S SAKE or we’d miss him. Which we did. Totally. I can’t blame the Sly (as I like to call him since we’re so close and all)… if I had seen me running down the street I would have disappeared, too. Also, he’s *way* shorter in real life than they let on in movies, but he was still bigger than life and looked really, really good. Rawr.

    PS) I hope Riley gets better and you can stop power-fretting. Plus, if he doesn’t get well soon, you do know that JB will make you pay for this for the rest of your lives, right? “Do you remember when you left me with Riley when he was near-death and there was this horrific blizzard and I couldn’t get to the hospital…”, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

  35. Daily Tragedies on January 11th, 2007 1:32 pm

    WHAT?!?!? I thought for sure a gun-toting, flannel-wearing, Christmas-tree-chopping, man’s man would actually go by “JB.” Must be short for “John Boy”…

  36. Stephanie B. on January 11th, 2007 2:43 pm

    Sorry to hear about the Croup – yuck! Poor kid. I hope he feels better soon. I also hope you are able to enjoy yourself a little while on your trip – your baby is in very good, capable and loving hands. Everything is going to be better soon…

  37. Danell on January 11th, 2007 5:41 pm

    Last November I had a four day long licensing exam to take in Las Vegas that required I be all the way across the country from Cameron for a week. My mother in law stayed with Cameron because Andy (Dad) had to be out of town, too. My mom went to Vegas with me for moral support during the exam. I was miserable and sick the whole time I was gone, but the worst part was this:
    Two minutes after I walked in the hotel room door from finishing the exam, my mom told me that Cameron had been in the hospital the entire time with croup. Nobody wanted to tell me while I was taking the exam since there wasn’t anything I could do for him anyway. I was happy that my mother in law was with him the whole time, but DAMN did that ever suck.

  38. jonniker on January 11th, 2007 7:13 pm

    Poor little Riley. I can’t wait to hear of your reunion.

    Is it me, or does he look Photoshopped into that last photo? He’s so cute. Damn.

  39. Amy on January 11th, 2007 8:14 pm

    Hi There – just passing by on my Delurking Week romp around the blogosphere. But I did actually come here on purpose – I’ve read you a few times before – including your ClubMom blog – and I really enjoy your writing. Take care, have a safe trip home, and I hope Riley’s feeling better soon.

    Amy :)

  40. Melanie on January 11th, 2007 8:25 pm

    Get well soon, Riley!!! I love the *ahem* writing picture. I’m sure JB’s pleased you shared that with the whole internet.

  41. mo from ne on January 11th, 2007 9:17 pm

    Croup is nothing to fool around with but Riley will be okay and so will JB. They can survive without you. Don’t beat yourself up with guilt about going on a business trip. There was an interesting article in the New York Times about how moms liked some business travel because it allowed them to sleep and have time to themselves. I remember being away from my son when he was 18 months. I enjoyed being about to pee in peace without my little shadow and taking a long bath with no tub toys.

    I love the snow pix. Safe trip and remember to be good to yourself.

  42. samantha jo campen on January 12th, 2007 5:52 pm

    Okay, so you SAW Robin Williams. But did you get THIS?????


    Cuz dood, I got to TOUCH him. :-)

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