Who needs an epidemiologist?

Here's the story of me - a well-educated (but broke) woman trying to raise two wee boys, a husband, be Martha Stewart, Ty Pennington, and Rachel Ray all rolled into one, while desparately seeking a career in epidemiology (which is NOT the study of the skin).

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


After our trip to the ATL last week, the boys were REALLY TIRED, but recovering much too quickly for me.

So, here's the latest in the life of Carrie. I've gotten a new job - an upgrade but nothing that's going to make us rich or anything. I'll be teaching chemistry, middle school science and doing a science fair at a home school cover school (it's a church). They have childcare provided at the school, and it's one day a week! It's fabulous and we're all excited! So, today I decide that I'm going to go to a homeschool bookstore in Huntsville to find a chemistry curriculum. Prior to going to the store, I (sweetest mom on Earth) stop at Chic Fila so the boys can eat and play. We eat, play, eat ice cream and leave. On the way out, I get a refill of my gigantic coke. On the way to the homeschool store, I spilled the coke all over me! Well, I decide to be a trouper and still go in the store (even though I look like I sneezed too hard and wet myself). I dry myself off with my ever present stash of napkins and head inside, after I've picked up the ice and mopped up the coke that's all over the car. Thankfully, the people in the store are very laid back since the woman who owns it has 12 kids and has homeschooled them all. Charlie proceeds to dump out a bucket of no less than 700 pens and pencils while I'm holding him. Jon Thomas is fairly well behaved except for the one "trying to climb the shelving in the store because it does look just like a ladder" incident. We pay for our chemistry book and a couple of nice coloring books (learning aids in counting and reading of course) and head out the door. Now, it's raining. My keys are sitting nicely on the seat of my locked car. Jonathan is called. Please hold on, it gets worse. It's been raining here for a good 12 hourse with a break around the time that we go out. Well, I'm trying to explain to Jonathan where I am - he's using terms like 'North' and 'South', while I use terms like 'opposite of the Texaco'. I turn around to watch (imagine in like that slow motion in movie kinda way) Jon Thomas jumping into the largest puddle on the planet. Still remaining calm (only because I'm certain one of those homeschool mothers will emerge any minute to see me in all my glory), I get him out of the puddle and have him sit on the curb. Needless to say, I'm NEVER taking them out in public again - at least until tomorrow.

HOWEVER, to offset my horrible story, I must tell you about my deal of a lifetime. I went garage sale shopping with my new friend Joanne on Saturday. I see a double jogging stroller - just like my single one with the swivel front wheel. I'm salivating here people because trying to walk with one in the stroller and one riding his bicycle isn't fun - or exercise for that matter - there's all that stopping to help pedal, etc. I ask the lady how much she wants for it and wait. I'm expecting $75 because the thing looks brand spanking new. She says, "offer me $10 and it's yours". I couldn't get to my $10 fast enough. Yeehaw! Because I saved so much money on the stroller, I got a brand spanking new pair of walking shoes. I tell you, my fat is just ready to jump off of me when I get going with my new stroller!


  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Oh my gosh - I love your stories!!!!!! You got a deal on your stroller. I paid $50 and I thought I got a deal.

  • At 6:23 PM, Blogger mk said…

    I'm so sad that I missed you when you were here - I hope you had a good visit. Keep the stories coming - it makes me feel like you're not quite so far away.

  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger Mother Goose said…

    This is hysterical. Do I say that everytime I post a comment. Well, it is. And so YOU. I love it all.

    Do y'all have a Goodwill store around there? You'd love it: they have smokin' hot deals on EVERYTHING.

    What? You don't have one of those?

    Well, there's one here in NASHVEGAS which is ONLY A FEW HOURS FROM YOU and you did promise to visit and haven't yet done it.

    We're waiting.

  • At 8:59 PM, Blogger Amber said…

    Well you know that I had a quick moment of silence over the spilled Coke. You and I know better than anyone that when you spill a ChickFilA Large Coke right after you bought it, the tragedy is right up there with losing a Great Aunt. I just love the rain story. When you were talking about Jon Thomas in the puddle I was thinking you were going to say he ran out into the street. It was giving me flashbacks of a certain 8 months pregnant lady running after JT and tripping and falling in the middle of the Moes parking lot. Miss you

  • At 6:44 PM, Blogger Mother Goose said…

    Hey ... shoot me an email because my emails to you keep getting returned. ;-(


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