I should NOT have said that about everyone being done with the flu. Sure enough, Friday night, It Got Me. I don’t know what is so peculiarly horrible about an upset stomach, but it turned me into a snivelling wreck. My nine-year-old got up in the middle of the night with a nightmare and found me sitting on the bathroom floor moaning. He said, “I think God must have arranged for you to be up so that you can comfort me.” (Daniel and I may need to discuss a theology of suffering at some point.)

And, of course, the manuscript did NOT go off in the mail. Fortunately, the flu was nasty and brutish but short, so by Saturday afternoon I was sitting up in bed, drinking seltzer water and revising. I had to put the manuscript in my carry-on after all and haul it up to New York on the plane Sunday afternoon. Which meant I had to leave the shoes behind. However, I’m at peace with this, because I’ve figured out that now I have to go buy a new pair. Darn.

I’m in New York now, and will post a few pictures shortly. In the meantime, here’s my revised outline for Part V of the manuscript, which got so complicated that I had to tape it up on the back of my office door:

At least the Chicken Shed Office is progressing nicely forward.

Showing 10 comments
  • Kolbi

    Have fun up there!! New York is soooooo incredibly cool!!

  • Mindy

    I’m so sorry you got it! I really think God should exempt Mommys from the stomach flu!! You deserve two new pairs of shoes. 🙂

  • Miz Booshay

    Oh, I can’t wait to see some New York photos!

    I hope you are well enough to enjoy the big city!

    Wishing you great meetings, some yummy New York food, and beautiful views!


  • Melissa in VA

    WOW! That’s all I can say. Just ,WOW!
    I hope that you buy a pair of shoes that you absolutely LOVE! Enjoy the Big Apple.

  • shanmar

    LOL…When I read “At least everybody is done throwing up…” I thought, “But wait…she never threw up. Oh no”. I’m really sorry I was right.

    Enjoy New York and your new shoes.

  • FlockOfSillies

    Ya know, Susan, I look at your bookshelves, and my guilt begins to ebb…

  • Ashley

    But, perhaps it was all in God’s plan….
    24 hrs. of sickness = at least 2 pounds lost = lots of great New York food!
    Not mailing your manuscript = leaving shoes behind = buying another pair!
    Plus, need I remind you that you are there without CHILDREN!!
    See it’s all how look at it!
    Enjoy your trip… you deserve it!

  • Michael in DC

    I have learned from watching a particular show on HBO that New York City is a great place for a woman to indulge her passion for shoes! And remember, your carry-on bag will be much roomier on the return trip! Perhaps two pair are in order. After all, you did vomit!

    If you have time, take a picture of the Bethesda Fountain Angel in Central Park. I saw it on my one and only trip to Manhattan. It is one of the most beautiful Angels I’ve ever seen.

    Take care up there.

  • Colleen

    So-o-o-o, let’s talk about the vitals. Did you buy some cool Fluevogs or what?


  • Patricia Hansen

    What? Only a pair of shoes? No, No, No, No, No…I’m thinking a matching handbag, new book tote, some leather gloves, and cool sunglasses as well.

    Flu=Shopping trip for mommy

    1 sick child= 1 new thing for mommy

    Many sick children = Many new things for mommy

    Mommy vomits = A while new wardrobe and matching closet organizer!

    Mommy vomits after taking care of sick children and while editing a volume of history = trip to Hawaii with Hubby

    This is called “The New Math”

    Pat H

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