Man, I can’t tell you how thankful I am that whatever ailment Riley was dealing with largely disappeared before our long-ass drive to Oregon. I also can’t tell you how ashamed I am for getting completely fed up with my kid’s foul mood on Saturday and yelling at him Mommy-Dearest-style to STFU and stop all that goddamned whining, right before we finally figured out that he wasn’t just being an asshole for fun, he was sick, and not just a little bit sick but firehose-down-the-entirety-of-JB’s-backseat-with-barf-while-running-a-102-degree-temperature-god-could-it-be-any-more-obvious-you-MORON sick.

At any rate, we all survived the trip just fine and we’re here at the coast for the next couple weeks. JB leaves tomorrow to stay in Eugene for the night before flying to Shanghai early Wednesday morning, but we made a quick trip to the ocean with Riley this afternoon:






It’s kind of a nice change of pace to be here. JB’s parents are happy to watch the kids, so I plan to get out on my own at least a little bit during our stay. I bought a two-week membership to a local gym, there’s a movie theater nearby, and about a thousand beaches to explore.

Hopefully the time will go by quickly, but maybe not too quickly — I just sort of realized the other day that I’m scheduled to go back to work in less than a month. Maternity leave, in my opinion, is ass-backwards: frankly, I’d have preferred to go right back to work after giving birth, then get my time off as soon as the baby started smiling. Anyone with me on that one?


58 Responses to “Seven hours south”

  1. Lesley on April 8th, 2008 6:40 pm

    Oh man……only one month left? It seems like only yesterday little D was born.

    I am so envious of those Oregon beach photos. And it’s SUNNY to boot! Enjoy every minute.

    P.S. If it were me, I’d ditch the gym and run barefoot on that packed wet sand (with ear plugs to avoid wind-caused ear ache).

  2. Lesley on April 8th, 2008 6:42 pm

    btw, Donna’s right about the maternity leave in Canada. You get full coverage from Employment Insurance so you’re kinda paid while you stay home post birth. Dads get covered to stay home for a period of time too.

    In Sweden, women get five years leave and their jobs are guaranteed (last time I checked).

  3. Danell on April 8th, 2008 7:04 pm

    Those last two pictures might be the cutest ones EVER (I’m still a pretty big fan of the most recent one of Dog, though…I luuuve Dog. Even if she does do the goddamn-baby-waking-ear-flapping-full-body-shake in the middle of the night.)

    And…um, a gym membership? On VACATION? beeyatch. (I agree with everyone here, you look awesome!)

  4. Kim on April 8th, 2008 10:34 pm

    Love the pictures but I can’t imagine spending two weeks with my in-laws.

  5. superblondgirl on April 9th, 2008 5:35 am

    Man, your in-laws live in the most gorgeous area – enjoy yourself!! It sounds like it’ll be a pretty great vacation.

  6. Jennifer on April 9th, 2008 8:12 am

    Have a great time! I’m awed by your ambition, getting a gym membership on vacation?! Wow! I’d be more tempted to sleep in and overeat!

  7. Trish on April 9th, 2008 2:26 pm

    You look fabulous! Very skinny.

  8. lucidkim on April 10th, 2008 12:08 am

    i didn’t see anyone answer this exactly, but maternity mostly depends on where you work…you are allowed to take 6 weeks off no matter where you work (but they don’t have to pay you during that time, just let you have your job back when you return)…

    based on these comments, looks like sweden is the place to be when you have a baby!

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