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Saturday, June 20, 2009

What If I Posted Something on My Blog??

So, I'm up here at my mother's house looking at my very neglected blog, and I'm wondering. What would happen if after almost an entire month I were to post something?

For instance, what if I decided to inform Blogland that my husband finally got a job? Or that it ended yesterday, but he has another one coming up in a week? Would anyone even care that he'll spend the entire summer driving at least five hours a day in a car with no air conditioning?

Maybe people would assume that thanks to our state of employment I am now saving for a computer.

Unfortunately, this would not be a correct assumption. Often times when large, critical pieces of information are missing we make these incorrect assumptions, so I forgive any of you who may be guilty of this. How could you possibly know about the vacation I locked my family into back in February? This would be the one where Annie called me and practically forced me to take a seven day opening at a two bedroom condo half a mile from Disneyland for $250 for this coming October.

Of course in February we had a job. And a computer - which is why none of you know about this vacation. At the time, my husband was known to occasionally glance at my blog, so I didn't dare mention the vacation I locked us into without telling him. Now, however, since we're computerless and there's no chance he'll ever see my blog, I can tell you.

That's right, he still doesn' know. At the time, seeing how he hates Disneyland, hates crowds, hates flying, and loves taking a week off every Fall to go elk hunting (which he will be foregoing in favor of our California adventure), I decided back in February that it would be better if I didn't tell him until I purchased our plane tickets and there was no way out.

Then came the layoff. And now, although we may be currently employed, due to the hit our finances have taken I'm not sure now is the time to lay it all on him. Especially since I just purchased five non-refundable plane tickets, and five four day hopper passes to Disneyland.

Possibly it would have been much wiser to take the loss on the $250 for the condo, but somehow I just couldn't stop myself. As a family, we have never taken any real vacations. We have no debt but our house, and sink most of the spendable portion of our tax return into fixing the house. And now my oldest is ten, and I'm feeling a bit desperate. I want this vacation. I'm determined to do it, and one way or another I will make it work.

But when do I have to tell him? I thought waiting until it was fully paid for would be a good idea, so meanwhile I'm prepping him with conversations like:

Me: Wouldn't it be fun to take the kids to Disneyland?

Him: No.

Me: Why not?

Him: Disneyland is dumb. Besides, it would cost a fortune.

Me (carefully sidestepping the issue of cost): Seriously honey, you would have fun! We really should just take a week and go to Disneyland.

Him: A week?!? What would we do there for a week? I mean we only need one day to go to Disneyland.

So do you see the kind of progress I'm making? It might not seem like much to the pessimists out there, but to me we're making some significant gains here. Did he not just say he'd go there for a day? This is progress. Pure, unadulterated forward progression.

Maybe I just won't tell him till we board the plane - you know, "Surprise! We're taking a complimentary airplane ride! I wonder where they're taking us?" or something like that. It could work...

Right?

22 comments:

Barbaloot said...

You're back! Kind of:) I really hope you have fun in DisneyLand.

Kelly said...

Well, I am so glad you get to go to Disneyland...5 tickets? I am guessing Meara is out? Anyway, everyone I know is going this year EXCEPT us! And I tried and tried to figure out a way to truthfully be able to tell myself I could walk around Disneyland 2-3 days for 10 hours at a time 7-8 months pregnant. But let's face it, I can't go longer than 2 hours in Costco and Home Depot.

Disneyland is out for us this year, so I will just have to live vicariously through all of my Disneyland friends. Take lots of pictures and tell me repeatedly how fun it was!

Machen family said...

I'm glad you finally posted! I'm actually waiting for the post when you finally break the news to him. I like a little drama in the blogs.

Grandma L said...

Welcome back to this crazy blog land. It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time. I sure hope it picks up soon. I would hate that being without and air conditioner too.

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I say good for you. Ten years from now I don't really think you will miss the money, but you will have the memories. You are exactly right, your kids are at the perfect age. It will be wonderful. I agree you are making progress. Good luck.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, you're so funny!! Yes, I'd say your hubby might kill you but he'll forgive you maybe if you get him one of those pineapple smoothies by the Tiki Room, they're to die for! I can't WAIT to hear how you tell him and yes, you must post the entire conversation!

Melanie J said...

Uhhhhh....wow. I'd say first, Disneyland is totally worth it and I live near it and go all the time and still think that. But second, I'd definitely tell him before he gets too invested in being excited about the elk hunting thing and then being super bummed that he can't go. He probably needs a little time to get used to the idea, you know?

Jen said...

Melanie - Despite the fact that you have killed my fantasy, you are incredibly wise. I will be giving this some serious consideration, as it is unfortunately ringing, "TRUE! TRUE! TRUE!" in my ear.

*Sigh*

Sue Q said...

You're alive!!! I was just thinking about you yesterday as I was coming back after only ten days of Missing in Blog-Action, and I feel your pain after a whole month. (How's that cape workin' for ya'?) I, for one, am not going to D-land any time this year, or any time in my life time, as far as I can tell, so take tons and tons of pictures and ENJOY IT!!! (Your hubby can always forgive you later...)

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Perhaps the proper attire when telling him would help. Like maybe wearing nothing. Then he might be so distracted that he won't hear what you are saying.

Alison Wonderland said...

I'm wondering if you could possibly remind me more of your sister... No. No, you couldn't.

And you're both insane.

Shelley said...

I'm just so glad you found time to post. I miss reading your blog. I told Camille if you ever make it back down to visit Annie and you guys get together, I so want to meet you.
I truly hope that your employment situation continues to improve, we're praying for you.
As far as Disneyland, I'm jealous. We finally took our kids two years ago, and I just sometimes wish we could go every year, so you just get that hubby on board and have the time of your life!!

That Girl said...

Tell him. Cry. Say you're sorry. Cry some more. Hug a lot. Kiss. And wear Mickey Mouse ears to bed. (And ONLY Mickey Mouse ears.)

He'll love Disneyland.

Claire said...

umm... given that i'm a miserable so and so, i have to say that i'd hate to spend a whole week at disneyland. i'd even struggle for a day.. in fact, I'd rather go shoot elk than go.. And I don't like killing animals.

just don't take him. Let him go hunting. It's not worth the heartache. His heartache, that is... hahhaa

Natalie said...

Wow! This is interesting... I'm picturing Rusty at Disneyland... and cracking up. It's too bad it falls during hunting season. That doesn't help whatsoever. I do think your kids ARE the perfect age and that you guys will have a blast and make lasting memories, etc., etc. I still can't believe that you've managed to keep this a secreet for over 4 months though! I can't hold in a secret from Dustin for a stinking day! And the world would probably be a lot better place if I could...

annie valentine said...

Tell him you're going to Vegas and have the plane accidentally dropped you off in LA.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Um. Wow. Good luck with that. I think That Girl is wise. Best of luck with that. Really.

jane said...

oh my.

you are completely validated with having a ten year old and wanting family time. good luck. i hope the planning and trip all turn out perfect.

Cecily said...

I say you try, what do you have to lose? You''l be on the plane ,right? Too late for him to get off ;-) BTW, pure jealousy, I'll go if he doesn't. I'll bring my little one and help with yours ;-)

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Annette & Ellsworth Curran said...

Did you go to Disneyland? Did your husband forgive you?
My husband wound never! And he wouldn't go either.

kanishk said...

will just have to live vicariously through all of my Disneyland friends. Take lots of pictures and tell me repeatedly how fun it was!

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