Thursday, August 04, 2011

And Away We Go

The day is here and we're leaving tonight, hoping that a bedtime flight will mean a sleeping rather than screaming baby. My baby doesn't scream, but I'm afraid a plane ride will convince her to start. Let's also hope that she (and I) gets all of her pooping done for the day because I don't want to change her in an airplane bathroom. I guess gone are my days of leisurely flights spent reading trashy magazines and sipping ginger ale.

I can't wait for my vacation to really begin. I can't wait to see my family and I can't wait to visit Rhode Island for the first time. Here is my Rhode Island "To Eat" list: johnny cakes, lobster roll, Gray's ice cream, more lobster, fried clams, clam chowder. Am I missing anything New Englanders?

I'm looking forward to reading on the beach. I figure I'll get some time to do this because there are so many relatives who want to play with the baby that I'm sure to get a few free moments.

Here are my two vacation books.

Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

I adore Anne Lamott and her writing book Bird by Bird is one of the best books on writing there is. Operating Instructions is the story of her first year of motherhood and I've only heard wonderful things about it. It sounds like something funny and touching that I could probably relate to after this year.

And The Magician King is the sequel to one of my favorite books of 2009, The Magicians. It's like Harry Potter meets Narnia with sex, drugs and drunken debauchery. Amazing. Loved it. You'd think something like that would be predictable and trite and unoriginal, but it managed to be wonderfully entertaining and satisfying and I've been maniacally awaiting the sequel. I'll have it August 9th. Yay! I'll also be reading Lev Grossman's blog, which I just discovered is also pretty entertaining and more like a real person's blog rather than one of those professional writer blogs. You'll like it. He's funny.

I'll see you again as soon as I have Internet. Remember it's tricky in rural Millpond. Wish me luck.


Amanda said...

Good luck on your flight! I took a bedtime flight with my one year old last week, and she FLIPPED OUT the ENTIRE TIME. Everybody hated us. I hope yours goes more smoothly!

Nana said...

Nurse the baby both during take-off and landing ... swallowing helps keep the ears clear.
(If you can) put her to sleep in a pitch-black room the first night or two. Total lack of light seemed to help my DD understand that she should sleep.

Unknown said...

Uh, what part of you-change-the-baby-on-the-tray-table don't you understand? Do they not go over this in childbirth classes these days? ;)

Ashley said...

If you go to Newport, hit up Flo's Clam Shack! From what I understand, it's awesome.

Also, Newport Creamery.

Jan Blawat said...

It's too bad US airlines are not like the trains in some countries, where people can take their farm animals along. If there were a few goats and chickens on your flight, it would put a fussy baby in a different perspective. I've been on flights where there were lots of babies, though, and they were all great. Hope you're seated near grandparent types and everything goes well.

Miss Kitty said...

Love love LOVE Bird by Bird. I make all my students read the excerpt that's often called "Shitty First Drafts" in anthologies.

Have a fun and safe trip, WL. Best of luck in all matters Bebeh.

JoeinVegas said...

That's funny, someone from Florida going North for a vacation.

Hey! My Sock! said...

If you are going to Rhode Island get yourself some stuffed Quohogs. Very tasty and you truly won't find them anyplace else. It's very specifically Rhode Island. If lobster is your thang, you might want to go to Maine for that. Your lobsters in RI probably come from there anyway. I haven't been to Flo's in years (like 20 at least) but I remember they had the greasiest french fries I'd ever had before or since. Hopefully that's changed. You should definitely hit up a clam shack though! Get yourself some clam cakes. Again, far more 'Rhode Island' than lobster.
So what you want when hitting up Rhode Island are Quohogs, clam cakes, and a cabinet. Don't know if you'll be able to find a place that calls their milkshakes 'Cabinets' anymore but you should be able to find a frap! Lordy, now that I've started, I keep thinking of other things! Like coffee milk, and chow mein from Fall River...

Anonymous said...

did the airlines offer a basinet for your baby to rest in? my sister got one when she flew in from germany and my nephew slept the whole time.

Mrs. Gumby said...

Good luck and remember to use a burp cloth with Baby Lawns. We flew on a red-eye from Seattle to Atlanta a few weeks ago. When we arrived in Atlanta, my college age son noticed he had some light colored dried goo on his bare leg. (He was wearing shorts.) He started picking at it and trying to figure out what it was. Then I realized...there was a lady with a little baby sitting in the seat ahead of us. Mother and baby were seated in the aisle son was in the aisle seat behind them. At some point during the flight, Baby had urped up and must have been leaning toward the aisle. My son got the fall out on his leg. I think he must have been sleeping more than he thought he was during the flight. I think I'd notice right away if a baby urped on my leg! Ick! Good thing I was in the middle seat.

Michelle said...

Does anyone know where Living in Muddy Waters went?

wagthedad said...

Lobsters, lobsters, and more lobsters. I'm landlocked in Europe big time, so lobster costs something like 100 bucks a bug. Damn. Good luck with the baby flight. Hope to ear from you soon!

And if this is your first flight with a baby, remember to hate the people who don't have to deal with one while flying. They have no idea how good they've got it.

Dawn said...

I'm so glad you're reading Operating Instructions. Huge Anne Lamott fan, too! I read that book as a new mom, and it stayed with me for a long time. Enjoy your vacation!

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