Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Rope swing

Well, it's time for me to bid you a temporary farewell, for as of tomorrow morning, I shall be on my long awaited, much anticipated holiday. For two! whole! fun-filled! weeks.

I am acutely aware that a lot can happen in two weeks in our corner of the blogosphere. It seems like a long time to be gone. And the very words "two weeks" can, in themselves, be of great import to many of us. When I hear those words, I often also hear distant but relentless drumbeats, a low and ancient rhythm, measuring that time between not knowing and knowing. It's a sound which carries near water, reaching those waiting for a ticket off the island, and for others already on the ferry, pulling from shore.

So, if possible, and assuming the alleged internet connection actually exists, I may be checking in (though unlikely to be blogging), at least during the first week. After that, I shall be too busy trying to prevent our boat from crashing into rocks/sandbars/local sea life.

I am optimistic about this sailing lark. In my head, I picture myself in a pose not unlike that adopted by Russell Crowe in the film Master and Commander- you know the scene I mean? High in the rigging, wind in hair, exuberantly facing the sea spray as the mighty ship plows its way through the waters. Except in my version, without the five o'clock shadow and greasy ponytail. Plus, my clothes are a lot cuter. And, of course our boat will be quite a bit, um, smaller. And Russell wasn't gulping from a large vat of wine in that particular shot, as I will almost certainly be doing when not tying bowlines or whatever.

Speaking of yachts, E. has rung and texted me dozens of times since he went his obstinant way on the stupid trip down south. Apparently, the weather has been grim, the seas rough, and the food full of weevils. Well, I exaggerate, but not by much. He says he doesn't even need me to say "I told you so", because he can hear my dulcet voice telling him at every turn. That's either good, or worrying- not sure which yet.

While I am away, I hope some of you will stop in at the barn from time to time, maybe water the plants and just keep an eye on things. Should you be so inclined, you could always play on the rope swing I have rigged up from the hayloft for your amusement. Or, choose from the following activities:

1. Write me a Haiku. I've been playing around with this poetic form for a couple months now, and feel it is a perfect medium to capture those little infertility moments we all so treasure. For example:

Early morning panic
Sperm in cup, warm in my bra
Red light, green light, red.

2. Laugh at badly dressed celebrities with more money than sense at Fugging It Up.

3. Frustrated? Whack endless penguins at this ultimately pointless but completely addictive site.

4. Whatever your political leanings, view the internet hit satire This Land at JibJab.com.

5. Read one of the very excellent blogs listed on the lower right hand side of the page.

See you on Wednesday, 6 October.


At 12:55 PM, Blogger JJ said...

I am SO going to miss you!

Have a great time!

At 2:05 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Have a great trip!!!

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great vacation! You will be missed.

One Egg, Two Egg

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Miss W said...

Have a great time on your trip Mare! Just don't go turning this place into a marina on your return ;)

At 4:48 PM, Blogger lobster girl said...

Wheeeee, rope swing! Hardly a substitute for you, but nice of you to supply it. Have a great time getting all sloshed about. I'll miss you!

At 5:49 PM, Blogger sherry said...

Damn, I hate rope burns...

I'll be busily working on my poem, batting penguins and waiting patiently at your doorstep until you return.

Have a great trip!

At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Two weeks without Mare???? We will miss you...

But, wishing you a wonderful, safe trip with E.

Anna H.

At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great trip. I'm going through withdrawal already missing your great wit.

Have fun.


At 8:52 PM, Blogger Julianna said...


Fast forward two weeks. I will know if my IVF#2 worked. I will be waiting for my bloodwork.

I will either be completely and totally devastated or unimaginably happy.

I'm scared for when you come back. TWO WEEKS of jam filled drama are ahead.

Have a wonderful time.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Jen P said...

Have a great holiday Mare & Stallion! (Oh wait. Is E a Stallion?) Hope things go well and the sea life is good to you! Will miss you!

At 12:11 AM, Blogger Toni said...

Have a GREAT time!!! Enjoy!

At 12:17 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

Will miss you dearly, Mare. Have a great trip. I leave you with my lame ass attempt at a haiku:

"It's time for my shot,
ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow,
Still have no baby."

Best I could do for now.

At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad Haiku:
I will miss you as
you sail your cute shorts, sandals
and pony tail (pun).

I will miss you so much! Can't wait to read your stories when you get back. Hope this vacation is super-fantabulous: )


At 2:41 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I'll miss you! Have a blast.

And now, for my haiku: *ahem*

Box of pricey drugs
A stomach full of needles
But no baby yet.

At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Och! Just when I was getting addicted to your blog, you up and pull the vacation routine! Sheesh! But thanks for the parting activities...at quick glance, I'm sure they will keep my jonesing at bay!

Have a great time!!

At 4:00 AM, Blogger NSR said...

Have a wonderful trip! We will miss you!


At 1:25 PM, Blogger Queenie said...

I too am going
On vacation for two weeks
While eating Clomid



At 8:05 PM, Blogger E. said...

Have a wonderful time, Mare!

Here's my IF haiku:

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck
Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck
This completely sucks.

Kinda repetitive, but captures the spirit, I think.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger la gringa said...

Have a great time. I'll miss you!

At 5:33 PM, Blogger JJ said...

Trust me... E is a total Stallion! Such a hottie! I think I'd be in love with him if it weren't for the sandals.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Lia said...

Have a great time. I hope this trip is a true vacation, from everything you may want to escape from. And since everyone else is doing it...

IF Haiku:

I thought it would be
Simple, but I was so wrong
Now we cling to hope


At 5:41 PM, Blogger Lia said...

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At 3:54 AM, Blogger Jen P said...

How do you know E is a stallion? Is there a breeder profile page somewhere we can google and stare for hours at a time? Not that I'm inclined to do such things. No. Not me. Nope. Nada.

G-d I need a margarita.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger lobster girl said...

conception is hard
if you're over thirty-five
you can't turn back time


millions of quick sperm
came from the long catheter
and missed her one egg


women ovulate
our men get to masturbate
doctors make money

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Mare,

I miss you!! Hope you're having a good time.

Here's a hai ku from an adopter's perspective. :-)

Hey Mr. RE
take your stirrups, drugs, needles...
Shove them up your ass.

Most sincerely, Heidi "lost and finding"

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeti games??? totally rude thing to put there, now my husband is addicted and I lose the computer as soon as he gets home. :)

Hope you had a great time!!!


At 4:16 AM, Blogger TK said...

the rope swing was an excellent idea, but we miss you! hope the vacay has been faboo.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Soper said...

Waaaah! I want my Mare back! Infertility may be BORING, but it is B-O-O-R-R-I-N-G with you gone. Hurry up and post, dammit! No time to stop and take a real shower (public showers don't count, eww)! Post Post Post!


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