Sunday, December 23, 2007


Em passed her driver's test on Tuesday. She was very nervous beforehand. She even asked The Mister to take her out and help her practice parallel parking on the morning of the test.

On the drive home from the DMV, i text-messaged the Mister with "The eagle has landed." He was at lunch with a friend and apparently he showed the friend who laughed and said, "Your wife has a good sense of humor."

All The Mister wanted to know was "how did she do on the parallel parking?" She nailed it. Full points.

Her first solo flight was to the grocery store to get a celebratory gallon box of goldfish crackers. As we have learned, in this house, goldfish cure

To date she has made 3 excursions and returned safely, with a huge grin on her face. I think her world just became a little larger.


I had lunch yesterday with
QT, who is in town visiting her family and some friends. It was a typical day in Seattle. That means raining and cool. She didn't have an umbrella or a hat, so we spent a bit of time looking for one, chattering through two different stores. (I can reveal no details of our chattering, as i am a safe-house for sensitive information.)

The Nordstrom's $48.00 umbrella was rejected. Off to Macy's, where the masses shop. We both bought cool style umbrellas which could double as a cudgel. (This is the direct cause of the sun appearing while we ate lunch. It never fails)

Since QT lives in the frozen, landlocked North, we had to find a lunch place that served seafood. Which we did, sitting at the bar in
Matt's, sipping champagne and a Bloody Mary, and chattering. (Do you sense a theme here?)

It was lovely to see her. I hope that it will happen again, sooner rather than later. Did you get that hint young lady?


Maddy said...

Well you certainly get todays' shopping award, but any household that has Goldfish crackers as an essential stable, gets my vote of confidence.

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"which takes you straight to my new blog.

Anonymous said...

Ooh. Ooh. I got the hint.

Congratulations to Em for getting her license and you for surviving it, too.

Happy Holidays.

TTQ said...

Yay Em! When does she get to pick out her new car? Or maybe when do you get the new car and she gets yours?

luckyzmom said...

Congrats to Em. I seldom drove unless I was alone after my oldest got her drivers license. I liked having my own personal driver!

furiousBall said...

i'm hoping by the time my kids are old enough to drive, we will just all be traveling by tubes and there will be no cars

great job Em

but seriously, scientists, let's get to work on the tube thing... stat

Gordo said...

Yay, Em! It's amazing at how one's view of the world does change when the license is in hand. It's been 22 years, but I can still head the examiner's voice. :-)

I thought we were supposed to have flying cars by now? I want my flying car!

Dick said...

Wow, teenage drivers and conversations during one of the busiest shopping days of the year. You are a glutton for punishment!

Congratulations to Em and it really can help you have more time to yourself as you don't have to operate Mama's Taxi so much. When does she get her new Miata? Or will it be a Corvette?

amusing said...

On occasion, I still have nightmares about parallel parking!

Liv said...

Way to go, Em!

And jealous of your time with Neen. I can't wait to hear about the trip from her end.

Girlplustwo said...

sigh. you and neen. you and neen.

and congrats to kick ass Em.

Girlplustwo said...

sigh. you and neen. you and neen.

and congrats to kick ass Em.

QT said...

Another teen driver is unleashed on the masses...congrats to Em!

Matt's in the Market was a blast. There does seem to be a theme, doesn't there???

Lisa said...

Warm and fuzzy, cheer-filled holiday wishes to you, too!

jaded said...

I'm off to pick buy goldfish. Maybe their magical powers will penetrate this house too. QT! I'm so jealous.

meno said...

maddy, goldfish appear to be one of the ten essentials.

de, you are so smart! Happy Holidays back at you.

ttq, she already has a car, it's mine, and she can buy her own first car. Kids these days! :)

luckyzmom, Em liked having her own personal driver, but i didn't so much like being that driver.

furious, i hope so too. Nothing will age you as fast as trying to teach your kid to drive. And you have two!

gordo, flying cars! OH NO, another dimension to worry about.

dick, miata my ass. If it's anything it's a Sherman tank.

amusing, i know, and how often do we do it? Around here, not so often.

liv, there's lots more to this trip than our visit, so bring your listening ears.

jen, sorry you weren't here too. We's still be at the bar.

qt, yes, but did you get the hint?

lisa, thank you. :)

patches, they could be your main course for Christmas dinner.

Marshamlow said...

Happy Holidays. I am glad Em got her license and you got a chance to visit with your friend. Now you have someone to run to the store for you an ole time.

sari said...

Glad to hear you had such a wonderful day and congrats to Em!

Ortizzle said...

Congratulations to Em! A real milestone, to say nothing of the fun of sending her off to do errands, right?

Have a great Christmas, Meno!

Lynn said...

Congratulations to Em on getting her drivers license! Is she holding her head a little higher?

Sounds like you had a wonderful lunch with QT...chattering is a wonderful past-time when it is done with the right person. Sounds like the two of you had the right person.

Joan said...

Congratulations to Em...a driver's license it yet another rite of passage into adulthood. And thanks for the info about Goldfish...I had no idea that those yummy crackers are the cure-all for everything. Enjoy!

TTQ said...

Buy her own first car?! What kind of mom are you??? *insert faint here* Actually, I think my mom gave me my first car in hopes that I would drive away never to return... that would explain a lot.. *wink*

No really my mommy loves me, really, um she does doesn't she?

meno said...

marsha, thank you! It is fun having someone who is willing, and eager, to go to the store for me.

sari, wanna go to lunch too? Next time you are in town?

ortizzle, thank you. You have a great Christmas too.

lynn, she is pretty pleased with herself.

joan, oh yes, goldfish could probably stop the war(s).

ttq, i know, i know, i am the meanest mommy ever. Poor Em. It's really sad how she has to live. :)

fiwa said...

Congratulations to Em! I didn't think ANYONE passed parallel parking - that is impressive.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

PS - It was sunny so the damn market was crowded as all get out.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, meno! and congrats to em

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! XOXOXOXO

Cheesy said...

^5 to the girl type child!!! I'm so glad I survived teaching my 5 to drive...and still semi sane! How fun to have lunch with QT..HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS SWEETS~~

Anonymous said...

As someone who failed her first driver's test (it was raining and I didn't wipe off the back window, the tester said, mean creep), I am overjoyed that it's done for Em. Good for her!

Jealous about qt.

Candy said...

My daughter has been driving now for five months, and has finally reached the point where running down to the store for milk when I ask her is no longer fun. Rats. I knew she'd catch on sooner or later.

Jenn said...

Merry Christmas!


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! Congratulations to Em on passing her driving test - what a major achievement! I hope you're all having a great time. :)

Unknown said...

Congrats to Em, and good luck to you! :)

Wayfarer Scientista said...

I join in on the congrads to Em and the wishing I was at the bar with you and the QT (also known as Neen)!

Sienna said...

That is a nice feeling, getting your driver's license; may she have much fun and all the care and safety on the roads in the world.

I still can't parallel park. A bit embarrassing.

Strewth, seafood, champagne and bloody mary's, that is brilliant.

Just beautiful I say.


Tink said...

Yay Em! I failed my driving test the first time because I couldn't find the emergency break. No shit. I passed everything else but that. I was so humiliated!