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  • Gas prices continue to astound me. Average prices in DC have gone up $0.25 in the space of a few days, which is a third of the total increase over the last month. I'm glad I don't live in California. I've seen pictures of the gas prices out there. SHEESH.
  • Julian seems to be over his plague. This is a good thing. He's awfully cute, but I don't enjoy him when he's sick.
  • My stress from yesterday mostly evaporated. This is also a good thing.
  • I discovered some great things today. Boundless Playgrounds is the only one I can remember but it's pretty darned amazing.
  • Seth, Julian, and I are leaving for Florida on Friday for my father's family reunion. Joy. This means no Shabbos dinner menus. And I'm okay with that. But it also means packing up a weekend's worth of food. This would be no problem were it not for the toddler. And the plane ride. And holy schmoly, have any of you realized what a pain in the toe it is to travel with a small child??? There's the carseat and the stroller and the diaper bag and the bag o' toys/books, and the prayers that he won't scream bloody murder on the plane, and the snack for the plane for him and on and on and on. Never mind that he probably needs like 8 changes of clothes because of Murphy. (Just kidding. He only needs 3 changes of clothes plus pajamas.... one change of clothes per day plus one extra.
  • I have purchased most of Julian's supplies for "school" but I can't find a long-sleeved plastic smock. They say they sell them at the school, but who has time for that? I can't be at the school during their hours. It's just not going to happen. And it's not like I can hand Julian $10 and say, "go buy yourself a smock, honey, and bring Eema the change." Whatever. Plus, we have to bring a box of diapers, 2 boxes of wipes, two boxes of tissues, two boxes of 100-count latex gloves (what the hell?), $10 for "digital cameras and developing" (huh? aren't I paying enough tuition? And do they need to buy new cameras every year?), and a bazillion other things. How the bleepity bleep am I supposed to get this stuff there? When we bring him to school, we're supposed to drop him off from the carpool "drop off" area, so it's not like we're going in with him. Teachers meet the kids and escort them to their rooms. So, um, yeah. Plus I can't figure out how they know what room he goes to. How are they going to remember my kid? Am I stressing over nothing? I guess I went to really large schools and I just am forgetting that the entire school (2 year old nursery school through 12th grade is like 700 students). Probably it's not going to be the crowded zoo I'm expecting. I should just chill.
  • Sarah still sux.
  • My hubby is the greatest. He bought me flowers Sunday night. I love him.
  • Um....
  • Did I mention that there's a whole lotta work trying to get everything together for a TWO DAY TRIP? Oy. Life was so much easier when it was just me traveling.
  • Anybody have any ideas how to label all of Julian's stuff? Like his dark blue backpack that has to be labeled with his name? Okay, so I'm an idiot and if I'd been thinking, I'd have gotten him a pink backpack so that I could just use a black sharpie, but I was afraid the kids would make fun of him, which brings me back to my original problem. How do I do this? I haven't had a lot of luck with fabric paint in the past...which is to say, I find it difficult to *write* with.

That is all for now.
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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: August 17th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
For labeling: They make a silver sharpie. It's great for labeling dark things.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 17th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just heard that! A friend of mine (a former nursery school teacher who is now working at a fabric/craft store) told me to go get a metallic sharpie. Duh. Who knew? Well, apparently, you and she knew. But now I know too! And all my faithful readers (because there are oh so many of them).
From: have_inner_lady Date: August 17th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The carseat part is easy: Just check it as-is as a piece of luggage. The throwers won't be able to damage it, since it's made to survive car accidents.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 17th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, except that even then, it's another thing to lug there. Anyway, we're bringing it on the plane. He's small enough that my paranoid self would rather he be snuggled in. He's active enough that my paranoid self would rather he be strapped down so he can't wreak havoc.

P.S. If a carseat is in any car accident, you're supposed to get rid of it. So it survives, but is questionably useable afterward. That said, I wouldn't have as big a problem checking it, if we weren't planning to use it on the plane.

I'm just overwhelmed at the sheer AMOUNT of stuff we have to bring for TWO DAYS. We always have to bring more than the average traveler, since we bring our own food, but adding a kid into the equation is just not any easier.
jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: August 17th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks like someone already told you about metallic sharpies. My only other "tip" is this:

If you plan to take Julian's car seat on the airplane (assuming you bought him a seat of course), If you make the straps nice and loose it's very easy to sling on your back like a backpack. It's what I did when I took Jacob's Britax Marathon on the plane with me when we went to California last year...

Otherwise, if you're renting a car, you have the option of renting a car seat so you don't have to shlep yours, I think Costco's travel mag has coupons that might even include a free carseat rental. It's worth a call to the rental car agency to find out.

Barring that, it should survive getting checked just fine. They're built strong. :-)
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: August 17th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can also use the carseat on the plane; he'll be more comfortable in it, as it is a known environment. If he is old enough to handle a lollypop, bring some with him for take-off and landing. Most crying is due to ear pressure problems; getting him swallowing will help. Lacking that, give him a bottle for takeoff and landing.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 18th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
No, we have to label it with his name. It's for the teachers, not for him.
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torahumaddachic From: torahumaddachic Date: August 17th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
labeling on black fabric- heres a middle school trick-
white out or whiteout pens. works great. we used to use it to sign our names on our uniform skirts on the last day of classes.... ah, Maimonides/YULA.......
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 18th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, that's exactly what I was trying to avoid. My middle school experiences with white out pens on backpack fabric was that it would get all flaky and yucky pretty quickly. I'm pretty anal about what it looks like, which is ridiculous considering he's 2, but that's me.
From: geekosaur Date: August 17th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
One trick I've used (before I found metallic Sharpies): white or metallic nail polish.
hopeness From: hopeness Date: August 17th, 2005 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I can't believe the things your school wants you to bring. Like, diapers, wipes, cream, change of clothes are par for the course but I've never been at a centre in my entire time in the field where you had to supply your own gloves. And his own plastic smock? What happened to the cupboard full of stinky old paint shirts (assuming that is what the smock is for).

Somebody already told you about the metallic sharpie. Also the idea of tying something cool to the handle or zipper is a good one. It will help him know it is "his", and it helps for quick identification by adults ("Ah, yes, Julian's backpack is the one with the funky yellow keychain on the zipper").

And I can't explain to you how teachers get the kids to the right rooms. We just know. It's one of those magical phenomena, like being able to read upside down.

glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: August 18th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

What are you paying? On the weekend I paid the equivalent of $3.45 US per (US) gallon at the cheapest local place. It's supposed to hit $3.80 this week.

On the labelling of bags thing - we attached a large colourful plastic idenitfying label to the kids bags (our bags both came with a sort of keyring thing near where the zipper ends), on the back of which we stuck a name label. Jamie has a yellow dinosaur on his school bag with his name label on the back of it, and Lauren's day care bag has a red "Wiggles"-style rose attached to it.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 18th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay we're paying way less. I'm paying $2.77 US per US gallon. Seth has to buy better gas than me (he's got a higher performance car) and he's probably paying more like $3.00 US per US gallon.

So we don't have it so bad. But either way it's still obnoxious because it's still a decided (and sudden) shift upward.

Good ideas on the bag, thanks. :)
kressel From: kressel Date: August 18th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

My kids were a little older for their first plane trip, but we found that Play-Doh entertained them very well, and looking out the window is fascinating for everybody. So try and enjoy the flight and Florida.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 18th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't think of Play-Doh. That's a good one. Fortunately it's a short flight so if he screams his head off the whole time, it will end eventually. I might buy a couple hundred pairs of earplugs to hand out to the poor suckers who are stuck listening to him, just in case. Just kidding.
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