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20 Jan, 2008

How do you drive this thing ?

Posted by mark in: Guest postings|Misc. life

I’d like to start here with a couple of comments about how I ended up being the keeper of the blog. First of all, I was railroaded. At no point did Andrea ask me if it would be ok if she posted asking others for suggestions on what I would blog about. Her posts secured the fact that I was going to have to update the blog. I was damned either way. If I didn’t post I would be forever branded with the title of the slug husband that can’t string two words together … and well If I did (which I am) then she wins and gets me to update the blog. Ultimately though, I brought it on myself when I offhandedly commented that “maybe while you’re away I’ll make a few posts on your blogs”. I should have known something was up when she whipped out her handy dandy notebook and scribbled a few notes after my comment.

The second thing I would like to say here is that this past week I’ve had this hard to pinpoint feeling that I was dredging up an experience from my teen years. This morning it hit me. Andrea’s blog is analogous to a parent giving up the car keys to their teenage son. The past couple weeks I’ve been peppered with comments about taking care of the blog…make sure you do this…here’s how to log on … if you want to add a photo…here’s how you do this. I’ve been expecting her to say “and make sure you post by 11 ! and don’t link to any scenic routes. Go straight to the home page”. Oddly, she evened used the phrase “hand over the keys” in her last blog post adding credence to my theory. Don’t worry. I’ll take goooood care of the fishbowl and I’ll do my best not to alienate anyone.

It’s only been 24 hours since Andrea left the house and there really isn’t much to report. The kids are happily watching “Word Girl” on TV. Dad has delivered the bananas with his best monkey impersonation (why is it when you do one funny thing with your kids they demand it at every waking moment) and this afternoon we have a movie date. Tonight it’s going down to -26 celsius and Andrea will be basking in plus 31 heat. If you’re reading this Andrea (and I know that you can’t help yourself) enjoy your week and don’t worry about us. Everything is under control and I promise not to exceed the speed limit with your blog.

7 Responses to "How do you drive this thing ?"

1 | Marla

January 20th, 2008 at 10:46 am


Hey Mark! Don’t return the blog with lots of fast food wrappers in the back seat and no gas in the tank!

2 | porter

January 20th, 2008 at 11:47 am


Look at that…not even 24 hours and you coudn’t help yourself Mark and I’m so happy you did.
Does Andrea really have a ‘handy dandy notebook’?
Oh yeah, I think Andrea has already checked in…Hi Andrea!

3 | Lee

January 20th, 2008 at 12:14 pm


Hrm. I wonder what sort of interesting Google Search traffic you could direct this way in Andrea’s absence?

*evil grin*

4 | J

January 20th, 2008 at 8:06 pm


Monkey impressions are fun. Maybe I’ll make A. give it a try sometime. :P

5 | anne turner

January 20th, 2008 at 8:56 pm


This is fun! It is pulling up a feeling from pre-teen years…. It feels like we’re getting a babysitter!! That was always exciting. Maybe a teen who’s borrowed the car to get here?

So far, you’ve got a very nice blogvoice. It’s nice to hear your counterpoint (harmonic melody).

6 | BeachMama

January 21st, 2008 at 7:30 am


Hey Mark and welcome. It will be fun to get a peek from you this week. I look forward to it!

7 | Honeymom

January 21st, 2008 at 3:16 pm


from an everyday lurker…Mark, it’s nice to hear from the quiet fish and to quote another famous fish…”just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”
A delightful read :)

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