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March 4, 2015

For the past two weeks, Ali’s been traveling “for work.”

Now I know I overuse quotes – and please accept my apologies for that – but I really do believe his lengthy trip had more to do with NYC enduring one of the coldest winters on record than anything else.

 

It was just me and Maya for two whole weeks...

It was just me and Maya for two whole weeks…

 

I can’t complain however, because while I nearly froze my toes off (despite wearing my Uggs and 2 pairs of socks), I didn’t have to share the master bathroom, obsess about lactose-free milk, or pick Ali’s coat up off the floor.

(Yes, he’s still doing that. And no I can’t believe it either.)

 

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So we just kept reading (at Barnes & Noble)…

 

Life wasn’t all fun and games while Ali was away, though, thanks to a ceiling leak, banging pipes (they had to cut a hole in the master bedroom wall), more brown water, a broken washing machine, and perhaps the most challenging of all:

I was single-handedly responsible for keeping Maya entertained.

If you have kid(s) you’ll understand that this was by far the hardest thing I’ve had to do in the past 336 hours.

Yes I realize she was in school for a portion of those 336 hours, but I feel compelled, and more importantly, entitled to include those hours in my calculation anyway.

 

And eating (at the Lowell Hotel).

And eating (at the Lowell Hotel).

 

 

I won’t bore you with a detailed breakdown of the last two weeks but let’s just say that the sales at the 5th Ave Barnes & Noble have seen quite a spike in recent days, and I made a donation to the New York Public Library because I was just so grateful their children’s collection afforded me approximately 2 hours of question-free time.

In any case, Ali’s flying back in a few hours. Let the jacket throwing commence.

 

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31 Comments leave one →
  1. Seana permalink
    March 4, 2015 4:49 am

    The jacket on the floor thing kills me. Every time my husband goes out to snow blow the driveway (a lot these days), he drops the coat on the floor by the washing machine. Enough of this cold snowy crappy dismal weather for NY. Enough is enough. I just want to be able to put that coat away once and for all. Bet you’re happy you moved to NY this year 🙂

    • March 4, 2015 5:46 pm

      Another storm is on it’s way tonight Seana…I’m so ready to put my ugly coat to rest.

      At least I should be grateful that I don’t have to shovel?

  2. March 4, 2015 6:47 am

    I hear you! My husband and I work opposite schedules so we can spend more time with the boys – so I rarely ever see him and do allot of single parenting myself. But I have to be honest with you; our generation of parents sorta does and overkill with the entertaining our kids part. Sometimes we should just let them be and entertain themselves.

    • March 4, 2015 5:47 pm

      I totally agree that we do entertain a bit too much, but somehow, when there is no structure, the questions come at a much faster, more overwhelming pace!

      It’s a never ending struggle… 🙂

      Thanks for the comment FIP!

      • March 5, 2015 5:51 am

        I think you just gave me a nick name “FIP” I like it… i like it allot.

      • March 5, 2015 1:17 pm

        I’m glad FIP!! 🙂

  3. Priyanka permalink
    March 4, 2015 8:21 am

    I’ll be honest with ya, in the past, I never understood the whole big deal about entertaining kids and why parents were so exhausted from the sheer thought of it. And then I became a parent and to teach me a good lesson, luck went an extra mile and gave me a sleepless child! So now I completely understand 🙂 I am dreading the constant question asking phase!

    • March 4, 2015 5:48 pm

      Sorry about the sleepless child Priyanka, if it’s any consolation I HAVE BEEN THERE. It’s not easy but it eventually gets better and they do sleep!!

  4. March 4, 2015 8:21 am

    I’m just so happy you went to Barnes & Noble AND donated to the library. Sorry to hear about the many hours of entertainment you had to provide. I think it’s high time you go on a “work” trip. Then again, I don’t want your gorgeous apartment to burn down. Perhaps just a a few hours away…while Maya is in school…and Ali isn’t home. Okay, just go on another family trip and write about it. That’s probably the safest idea.

    • March 4, 2015 5:49 pm

      Family trip, hysterical. Sometimes entertaining on a family trip is harder, due to a lack of libraries / book stores.

      But the truth is that we’ve actually hit up libraries on vacation! People would probably cringe if they knew that but I LOVE the library!

  5. March 4, 2015 8:44 am

    Love hearing about y’alls adventures. At least she seems to enjoy reading – thats a great hobby. Hope your ceiling is fixed forever. How annoying.

    • March 4, 2015 5:50 pm

      Fingers crossed…we seem to be fixing one thing after another around here. Eventually I think we’ll have fixed everything!!

  6. Taking On Magazines permalink
    March 4, 2015 9:24 am

    I have to admit that I don’t have any of the clothes-throwing stuff from my husband. Doug’s really good about putting things where they should be. Sophie, on the other hand…

    • March 4, 2015 5:50 pm

      So clothes-throwing is to be expected of a kid. Of a husband? Not so much.

      🙂

  7. March 4, 2015 2:46 pm

    Yikes, sure you don’t miss being in LA? It’s…well not cold. But on a happy note it’s cool you and Maya hang at the library. Library nut here:)

    • March 4, 2015 5:51 pm

      I really don’t. Even when it’s freezing cold I don’t miss LA.

      Well, when I slipped on ice I did. But fingers crossed that doesn’t happen again!!

  8. March 4, 2015 8:26 pm

    lol…welcome home Ali 🙂 I hope Maya and Ali has a day planned together this weekend.

  9. March 5, 2015 1:24 am

    Haha!

    I spent a month with my niece and nephews last year, taking care of them whilst their parents were away. I tell ya … taught me A LOT about parenting. The biggest lesson was – I haven’t a clue how all of this actually works.

    At the very least … you’ve found solace in a library. What did you do whilst Maya was gushing over books?

  10. glamorous glutton permalink
    March 6, 2015 11:11 am

    Those hours do seems veeery long, school hours definitely count! GG

  11. March 9, 2015 9:46 pm

    Too bad about the water issues! Otherwise I’m sure you would have been able to savor the floor in its jacket-free state much more. I’m with you on having to entertain a daughter. It’s much tougher than I imagined it would be. I do chalk it up to the fact that she is an extrovert and talks ceaselessly while I prefer quiet. The library sounds like a brilliant idea.

    • March 10, 2015 12:28 pm

      I totally agree….I am relatively quiet as well, but Maya is so outgoing!

      Makes things hard….

  12. March 16, 2015 10:36 pm

    Let the jacket throwing commence… so funny. I love the library for that reason. I walk in and the kids flee in every which way direction and then I just sit and relax. It’s awesome. 🙂 Love ya,

    Shauna xo

  13. Jessie E. permalink
    March 17, 2015 8:02 pm

    Cold AND having to entertain 24/7?? Whew, Ameena! I hope things have smoothed out now that Ali is back, but the jacket … well. I suppose not everything can go right at once 🙂 The library is such a good idea!

    • March 23, 2015 6:37 am

      No I guess everything going right at once is NOT possible. Unfortunately!!

  14. March 26, 2015 11:56 am

    Winter is finally going away. I’ll take warmer weather and rain any day over cold weather. Keeping kids entertained without TV is very challenging. It’s good you take her to the library and B&N, at least she’s reading. 🙂

  15. March 27, 2015 6:45 pm

    It must have been fun to have some ‘girl time’ with Maya! I do see how exhausting it could be though…having to keep such an energetic and curious child entertained non-stop! 🙂

  16. March 30, 2015 1:10 pm

    you two are adorable. ive been away from commenting for too long, time to come back to it. i love your blog so much, missed you!

    • March 31, 2015 3:32 am

      Thanks Kelsey for the very sweet comment! I appreciate it!

  17. sarahjmir permalink
    March 31, 2015 9:03 pm

    Your blog is so entertaining and well written – I am a fan!

    • April 1, 2015 6:30 am

      Thank you Sarah! I appreciate the very kind comment. 🙂

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