Monday, December 10, 2007

A day spent with 75 fourth graders or why I'm a fan of birth control.



Today was Thing Two's big winter field trip. Why would anyone plan a field trip in winter? In Michigan? In December? No freaking clue. But away we went to the state capitol.

Anyway, it was field trip day and I promised Thing Two that I would come along. We visited the Michigan Museum of Natural History and it was great. What wasn't great was one of the extra children who'd been assigned to my group. This child had an inherent inability to stay put. I was constantly pulling him off exhibitions, dragging him away from employee only portions of the building and disappearing all together. To top it off, he kicked the back of my seat of an hour and a half on the way down there and an hour and a half on the way back.

Despite repeated threats to his continued existence, he couldn't manage to remember not to kick me for more than five minutes at a time. Nor could he remember not to howl at the top of his lungs in near rush hour traffic. Drill Sergeant Mom shut that down, but the boy had a short memory. I fantasized about leaving him on the side of the highway. The other little boy in my car, while quirky and plotting world domination with my son, was sweet and listened fairly well.

Still, I'm going on barely three hours sleep, so I'm going to crawl in my nice toasty bed, but first I'm going to flog the contest!

Do you want to win some fantastic holiday reading? If so come celebrate the Twelve days of Romance with 12 authors from Ellora's Cave, Wild Rose Press, Total-E-Bound and Cerridwen Press. Each day beginning December 8th and running through December 19th one of the twelve authors will tell what their "True love gave to them" on either their blog or website.Collect all twelve answers and e-mail them to mailto:anny@annycook.com with 12 days of Romance in the subject line to win some great books.

Deadlinefor answers is December 21st at midnight EST.There will be three lucky winners. The prizes –1st prize--6 books 2nd prize--4 books 3rd prize--2 books. All books and prize winners will be drawn randomly.

Anny Cook Winter Hearts
Sandra Cox Boji Stones
Bronwyn Green Ronan’s Grail
Heather Hiestand Cards Never Lie
Barbara Huffert Deal of a Lifetime
Amarinda Jones Mad About Mirabelle
Kelly Kirch Time for Love
Cindy Spencer Pape Cowboy’s Christmas Bride
Brynn Paulin Fallen
JacquƩline Roth Access Denied
KZ Snow Mrs. Claws
Lacey Thorn Earth Moves


9 comments:

Amarinda Jones said...

Ok, my personal belief is children should not be out in public until they are 18...

Smut Girl said...

Ah, I feel your pain. Those trips are fun, aren't they? (*snort*). You are a brave, brave woman...

Laura K said...

I teach so I know all about field trips. They can be from hell, I know. Glad you survived!

Molly Daniels said...

I feel your pain! My field trip from hell was 6 years ago, when I went with my then-4th grade son, to an outdoor Living History museum (Connor Prairie). My darling child decided to pester the characters about why they didn't have modern technology, and when I finally got him stopped, another child in my group picked it up! I was ready to leave both kids behind in the Lanape Indian Camp...

Contrast that with 3 years later. I went with my daughter, and had 4 girls in my group. They were delightful...until we got to the gift shop...then they all wanted stuffed animals. The boys had only wanted candy!

Kelly Kirch said...

Bless yer heart, darlin'. My sympathies... okay and a little laughter thrown in at your expense. I is so much smrter than agreeing to thet.

Margaret Yang said...

Dear Dog, I didn't realize until the end of the story that you were driving! I thought this was all bus. Oh, you poor, poor woman. I'd say that thing two owes you hot chocolate and a foot rub, at the very least.

I was looking forward to eye candy today. Shall I send you some instead? He is rather more clean-cut than the hunks you usually feature, but it might be fun to have a boy next door for a change. I found him on a random modeling website.

http://www.modelingshoot.com/michael-maxwell/?x=61&y=119

Anny Cook said...

I remember those days well. Nothing so exciting as the state capitol. We went to the cemetary. Be glad you were in a building.

Stephanie Michaels said...

Oh my gosh! The words "Field Trip" and "Winter" don't belong in the same sentence unless they involve a visit to Starbucks for a "Vente Peppermint Mocha Non-Fat No-Whip."

But that trip is strictly rated R: Restricted to anyone under the age of 18 or without a job.

JacquƩline_Roth said...

Teaching is the worlds best birth control. I have 120 12-13 year olds cross my threshold each day. They ask if I have kids. I tell them, "No. I can't have children because there isn't a name left that doesn't raise my blood pressure."