I hope the job will be a short one, as he thinks it will be, as he is tentatively scheduled to go to California later next week for a customer he has been guiding over the phone and computer for over a month now.
Well, just as I feared, Ray Nagin is re-elected to be mayor of New Orleans. It's a shame, I'll tell you. I read that the new book by Douglas Brinkley that chronicles the first few days of the Hurricane Katrina story on New Orleans is quite devastatingly critical of Nagin's "leadership" as the crisis unfolded. Brinkley is a history professor and author who re-located with his family over here in Houston as the city was preparing for the hurricane. The name may be familiar from the glowing account he wrote in book form of John Kerry's Vietnam service during the last presidential election, which spurred the Swift Boat Vets to come out with their side of the story.
Today's front page of the Houston Chronicle shows the coastline at Biloxi, MS and then next to it the story of Nagin's re-election. I was born in Biloxi and also lived in New Orleans, and my husband lived in New Orleans. I feel quite protective towards that area of our country. Mostly now I just feel sad.
If you had a baby in the middle to late 1980's, you are probably familar with the name Dr. Richard Farber. He published a book with a guide for parents to help their baby learn to go to sleep. My son was born during Labor Day weekend in 1989 so I read the book. (No, the irony of having a Labor Day baby does not escape me). His premise is if you follow his guideline steps, your baby will learn to put himself to sleep at bedtime. It involves letting a crying baby cry for a certain amount of time before the parent goes in, etc.
Our son was not a sleeper. He was wide awake and ready to party all night long for the first 18 months of his life. The longest that baby would sleep was 2 hours during any given night. And afternoon naps? No way, Jose. I don't remember getting a good night's sleep until the boy was almost 2 years old.
Anyway, now I hear on the news chat show that Dr. Farber has decided each baby is different and parents should just deal with the baby using whatever works. Duh. Now that after all these years of being referred to as a guru for new parents and selling those books, suddenly he has had a light go off in his head. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Last night I was browsing on the QVC channel during the hour of selling Dooney and Bourke. I love the brand and sometimes splurge on one of the handbags. My first one was about 17 years ago and the bags last forever. Last night I made a decision and stuck with it. The carry-on overnighter bag that I have been lusting after for 2 years now was on the easy pay plan. That means my credit card will spread the purchase out for 4 months without interest charges. So, I bought myself the piece. I consider it an early birthday present. Well, my birthday is in the middle of next month, so close enough.
For the last several years I have been sharing husband's vast array of luggage and duffle bags and have been telling myself a woman my age needs her own luggage. I'm going with red. The Dooney and Bourke is the first step towards that goal. The kicker? I got to speak to the hostess and Dooney and Bourke representative on air! I yelled at son to listen to me on tv. Hubby was asleep throughout it all.
Here's hoping Monday gets off to a smoother start. Son will begin finals tomorrow and then he will be out for the summer Thursday at noon. This year flew by, for the most part.
I'm going to rest for a while now.