February 17, 2013 @ 7:09 pm | Filed under: ,

So I was getting over the flu and then I got sick again, just a cold, I think? But wiping. Me. Out. Three weeks post-flu and I was still feeling draggy, and now I’m useless.

Or mostly useless. I just submitted my Downton recap (watched it earlier via DVD), which will go live at GeekMom tonight or tomorrow. [Updated: here it is.] I’d love it if you’d drop by tomorrow and join the conversation there. (Trying to keep Downton comments off this blog because Jane isn’t caught up yet.)


Yesterday, Rilla came to me (lolling in my bed, trying to read, mostly coughing) wanting to play a game. She had two small foam circles, each about the size of a silver dollar. It was a guessing game: what are they now? The child’s inventiveness was spectacular. She started me off easy: boy (one circle) with rainhat (the other circle folded into a tiny triangle). I mustered a ladybug. She countered with an eclipse. My efforts: a taco, some earrings. Child’s play compared to my six-year-old’s contributions.

Once, she rolled both circles into little tubes and held them side by side, bending them a bit with her fingers. I was stumped.

“They’re wavy smell lines!” she explained. “You know, like in comics? How they show you something’s giving off a smell?”

Safe to say I would not have guessed that, not it a million years.

At another point, she held both circles up to her face, pressing them haphazardly against her chin and a cheek.

Chicken pox.


We also spent a long time yesterday—Wonderboy, Rilla, and I—playing with Google Maps, visiting our favorite local park…Grandma’s house…the Eiffel Tower…Australia. The kids’ favorite part was “walking” up our street in street view, trying to figure out how long ago the Google car drove by. Daffodils in the neighbor’s yard and oranges on the tree across the street, which means it was about this time of year. Last year, because the new owner of the house over the way hadn’t taken down the little pomegranate tree yet. (Why’d she do it? We don’t know.) Sometime after Scott and I switched sides of the driveway, because the minivan’s on the right. There’s a smallish window of time there, and it’s a bit creepy to think of all this quiet surveillance. And yet fun to wonder what we were doing right then, just beyond the camera’s reach — reading a book? eating scones? messing around on Google Maps?

This reminded Scott of the day a few years back when he was on his way home from work and found himself driving behind the Google car for several blocks. We did a search for the street, and sure enough, there he is—signing “I love you” to me.


Man, that guy knows how to play the long game.


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  1. Monica says:

    There’s a Google car? You don’t see that in dairy farm country in upstate NY.

  2. sarah says:

    Oh heavens, you and Scott must be the Most Romantic Couple Ever.

    I’m sorry you are still sick. I hoping you’re getting all the rest and nutrition etc that you need. I myself caught a cold at the end of my own long, miserable whatever-it-was and my vicious cough came back with a vengeance. I think I’m starting to slowly recover now, I hope you can say the same soon too. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts, surrounded by a mental haze of menthol, lemon, and honey.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Okay, that is just amazing.

  4. Harmony says:

    I love this post! Rilla is a constant wonder. And your family interactions with Google Maps are just so sweet. Thank you.

  5. Sarah says:

    Love that message from Scott.

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Wow! Rilla-wow, Scott-wow.

  7. Charlotte says:

    I feel the opposite of you. I had a really bad cold three weeks before I got hit with the flu. Ugh! This is awful. Technically mine isn’t confirmed flu but it sure feels like flu. Was yours confirmed?

  8. Charlotte says:

    Oh… and I’m imagining the Google car driver checking his rearview mirror and thinking “Rock on to you too, dude!”

  9. maria says:

    “Man, that guy knows how to play the long game.”

    Not sure what I love more, Scott’s spontanious genius expression of love for you or your description of his said expression. 🙂

  10. tanita says:

    You know I had to show this to, like, nine guys I know, and say, “SEE!? And he has how many kids, and works full time, and has been married for how long??? WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE!?!?!”

    None of those guys were Tech Boy, of course. He thought this was awesome, and wondered how he could track down a Google car.

  11. tanita says:

    Thought of you when I read this; not every Google Maps story has a happy ending…!