Things you wish you had not ever found yourself saying

            Having moved from London to Los Angeles last Friday, I found myself telling my husband on Sunday: “Oh, just let them watch a little more TV.  How often do you move across eight time zones and then get a stomach bug?  One more show won’t kill them.” Two silver linings, weak ones at best:  1) the UK changes its time a few weeks after the US, so we all only had to adjust to a seven hour time difference.  2) It was only a 24 hour bug, which we all got within two days of one another, and the repeated vomiting and other unpleasantries have ceased all around. I usually try not to whine here.  But, between J’s two-and-a-half months of mysterious gastrointestinal issues, the conjunctivitis we all got before leaving the UK, the eleven hour flight, and transplanting children to what seems to them an entirely different planet, what we really, really did not need was vomit all over the beige carpet of our temporary housing.   Things are a bit better now, and I’ll be putting up a more substantive post soon.  For today, it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to.

28 responses to “Things you wish you had not ever found yourself saying

  1. You are allowed to cry. I am glad you guys are safely over the ocean and tucked in to a place there in L.A….albeit, with traces of vomit on the beige carpet.

  2. Well, you keep a stiff upper lip if you want to, but it’s no longer required. Meanwhile, I will blubber for you, because just reading this makes me want to dissolve in a puddle. I hate change and exhaustion and traveling and vomit, singularly and as a package deal.

    Glad it was only a 24 hour bug. Hope you all are hale & hearty as soon as possible.

  3. I see you bought yourself the combo. Isn’t the usual setting – ack! Moving over the ocean really is a pain enough without all the rest.

    I remember when we moved back from Australia, my one yr old got conjunctivitis and couldn’t sleep, my husband collapsed infront of the airplane toilet and got moved to first class which left me alone with two kids, the little one on my arm and nobody to help me. When we finally arrived at 6 am I fell ill with a fever … yup, thank you very much!

    Glad you arrived in one piece, take one day at the time.


  4. Oh, yes, do cry as much as you want to. The weather’s nice, isn’t it?

  5. You definitely have a right to whine. I’m so sorry! At least it was vomit on carpet in the temporary housing and not something you’ll have to live with for a long time. Though that’s not much comfort when you still have to clean it up. May the coming week be less crazy.

  6. The question, “what fresh hell is this?” just came to mind. In your case, the hell was not-so-fresh, but I do hope it came out of the carpet.

    Very glad you’re feeling better. Any culture shock yet? (From moving to LA, not from re-entering the US…)

  7. I’d say that was a sufficiently crappy series of events that warranted a less substantive than usual post. I hope everything starts to settle down soon!

  8. Oh no! I hope things have settled down now. You didn’t, by any chance, drop some of those stomach bugs over Indiana on your way to California, did you? I think one of us caught one…not be luckily.

  9. moving is horrid. nothing can make it better. many things can make it worse. hang in there.

  10. You do whatever you want. It’s your blog, darlin’.

    Hope that you’re feeling better soon. I hate those damn pesky bugs.

  11. So glad you made it!

    Hope things settle down, quickly!

  12. oh oh OH, you can complain about a weekend like that anytime you want. How miserable. I’m glad it’s over.

  13. Im glad you made the trip safely and i hope everyone feels better soon

  14. Oh, I’m sorry. That sounds harrowing. You should absolutely cry on your blog if you want to. Can I offer you a virtual tissue? (Or perhaps you’d better appreciate some virtual help cleaning up the carpet…)

    I hope you all recover quickly and settle in to the new locale.

  15. Goodness that sounds awful. We are contemplating and interstate move sometime in the future, and the sheer logistics are nightmarish. I can’t imagine an intercontintal move. With wee ones, no less. OY.

    Relax and get better.

  16. Oh my, I hope you are all feeling better and are settled in soon.

    I do not look forward to moving across the ocean in 2010, and have no idea where we’re going…anyway, the first trans-Atlantic move was no fun, and all I had to deal with was morning sickness. 🙂

    And you can whine all you’d like. I try to restrain on my blog, but sometimes I just have to let it out!!

  17. The move and its associated horriblenesses sound awful. But I’m glad you’re here. (well, really *there,* but you know what I mean)

  18. Oh no! I hope you’re better and more settled in very soon.

  19. Yikes! I hope everybody is feeling much, much better.

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  21. Oh dear.

    It can only get better?

  22. Well. That was a pretty crappy welcome home to America salute you got, so you’re absolutely entitled to cry.

    Things will get better. Lots better. Soon.

  23. I’m glad you’re all safe – and I hope things get better from here.

  24. I *love* that last line. I think I’ve used it on a few occasions myself. Some days are just like that.

    Welcome back to the United Snakes.

  25. Oh, hardship. Cry indeed. It’s better now I hope, since I’m a little late reading.

  26. I just can’t imagine. Moving is stressful enough without moving across the giant pond, sicknesses, and time changes. Ugh!

  27. I couldn’t help but think happily that you’ll at least get treated right away here if you see a doc for the conjunctivitis… 🙂

  28. I’m happy to catch up with you here and find you made it well (okay, maybe not *well*, but in one piece…) over to LA.

    Take care!