Sunday, November 27, 2005

I Have Some of the Nicest Clients

"Zach and I will be a little late, if that's not too inconvenient," Zach's daddy informed me from his cell phone last Friday. "We've just dropped his mother off at work, and now we have an errand to run. Will you be home in another half-hour or so?" Half an hour later, Zach and Daddy showed up - with the fruit of their "errand":

Pretty cool, huh?? Six feet long, it'll carry all the tots. Don't I have nice clients?? This shot was taken before I'd waxed it. Now that I've given it a couple of coats, I'll have it out this week. Watch for the pictures!
p.s. But not today - at least a cm of ice on everything, and more ice rain falling! Ick.


Anonymous Sharkey said...

That's awesome! I bet the kids are jumping up and down trying to contain their excitement.

"Please, Mary? Can't we go out today? The ice will just make us go faster. And we don't mind that it's raining--really!!"

11/28/2005 11:01:00 a.m.  
Blogger Matthew said...

Ooh, is that what they call a sled?

Will it work on grassy hills?

Us California folk only wax surfboards.

Nice Daddy, by the way.

11/28/2005 11:39:00 a.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

Yay Zach's daddy!

11/28/2005 12:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Sharkey: I took them for a walk earlier today, and they were all, "We're walking???" Clearly the assumption was that since we now had that honkin' big toboggan, they wouldn't be walking again until April!

Matthew: [sigh] No, it's a to-bog-gan. Can you say "toboggan"? It's an Algonquin word meaning "smart-ass Californians need not apply".

Misfit: For sure. Now I'll let you in on a secret. Thus proving that we are all a mix of good, bad, and indifferent, Zach's daddy is the Earnest Daddy who was driving me nuts a week or so ago. I wonder if he realized he pissed me off, and is now trying to redeem himself? Whatever his reasons, I'm with you: Yay, Zach's daddy!

11/28/2005 12:45:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

My kids would be ready to take it on the ice, too!

We have snow again today and ~~W~I~N~D~~!!!! But just little sleds (only one person can ride at at time). We like yours!
Way to go, Zach's daddy!

11/28/2005 01:58:00 p.m.  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

Wow. Zach doesn't know how lucky he is having a daddy like that. I've never tried tobogganing (no snow in London, the pollution melts it all at roof level), but it always sounded fantastic.

Have fun:-)

11/28/2005 02:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger Susan said...

So will you be taking that out for some grown-up tobogganing on the weekends?

Please say yes.

11/28/2005 04:34:00 p.m.  
Blogger ~Lil Nance ;> said...

I want one of those!!! And some snow pleazzzz!!!!

11/28/2005 04:56:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...

how cool of zach's dad!?!!

now how ya gonna tug all them lil devils around in the snow?

11/28/2005 05:09:00 p.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

What a great parent! I wish I had a toboggan...or some time for tobogganing!

11/28/2005 06:51:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Lory: You have ice and wind, we now have rain, rain, rain. Tomorrow's forecast? "Downpours" - doesn't that sound promising, and 15 degrees, which is what, 58, 60 F?

MrsA: Tobogganing is a ton of fun. But we need a tad more snow than the wee bit that is rapidly melting under the onslaught of all our rain. I'm not worried: it'll happen!

Susan: Oh, yes indeed. I'm also looking forward to the canal opening for pedestrian traffic - I can pull the tots over to the nearest Beavertails stand. What a great outing! Killaloe Sunrise for me, thanks! (Pronounced Kih-la-loo.)

Nancy: It's a six-foot toboggan - plenty of room to share. We also have snow enough to spare, too, so you'd think we could work something out!

Kimmyk: I was just wondering when someone was going to twig to the fact that, snow or no snow, that thing is going to weigh damned close to a 150 pounds with all five of them on it. I am going to have thighs of steel by spring - if my back doesn't give out first! Now if there were only something I could do about this squooshy tummy of mine...

Haley: Or should I say Hot Stuff? Sexy lil outfit you've got going there. Christmas is coming. There'll be snow by then. We'll just pack this thing in the back of the van, and take off for the Conroy Pits. Or those hills Pete keeps telling me about over towards Blackburn Hamlet. Bring your splash pants!

11/28/2005 10:22:00 p.m.  
Blogger McSwain said...

Is Zach's daddy "Mr. Outdoor Guy" with an ulterior motive? Jut wondering. ;)

11/29/2005 02:41:00 a.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

Wow...I want one, do they come in adult size?

Mind you we'd need a decent snow fall as well ;o)

11/29/2005 03:53:00 a.m.  
Blogger craziequeen said...

I take it Mary P gets the joy of playing reindeer?



11/29/2005 05:30:00 a.m.  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

Zach's Daddy should piss you off more often!

11/29/2005 07:11:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Cheryl: Nope. That's Darcy's dad. Zach's dad is the Earnest Daddy. He and I have kind of a love-hate relationship, though I doubt very much he knows that. No, that's not the way to put it: I vacillate between trust and mistrust with him.

Aginoth: That thing is six feet long - it is adult size! I should post a picture of it with a few adults on it, as well as one with the kids, just so you can see how it works. Everyone snuggles close, with their legs wrapped about the next guy - good first date potential, if your love interest is at all outdoors-y!

CQ: As I said to Kimmyk, above: thighs of steel, m'dear, thighs of steel. LOL

Hausfrau: Oh, he does! Last spring he and his wife started a collection amongst the daycare parents to get me a couple of very nice German trikes (expensive, but DURABLE). Then he got all snotty about my proposed vacation, and the idea suddenly vanished, never to return. Also the one who queried me on my drinking habits during working hours when a glass of tonic water got spilled on his son.

I'm never quite sure with him. As I said to Cheryl: I don't quite trust him, even though I think he's a very nice guy. Right now things are on an upswing with us, but will it last? No way to know.

See what I put up with for the sake of a kid I love?

11/29/2005 07:38:00 a.m.  
Blogger chosha said...

Sweet! Looking forward to the photos.

11/29/2005 09:21:00 p.m.  

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