my husband totally bribed me

and i fell for it.

He’s leaving for a business trip Tuesday evening.

I am to stay home.

Despite having the ability to cash in some frequent flyer miles so the cost of the flight isn’t that bad, I’m still to stay home.

I’m (obviously) not happy with this — especially because the weather is now above freezing.

I’m now the proud mother of a teddy bear hamster. I have “mommied”* twice today. She was very very unhappy in the cardboard box the pet shop gave us to take her home in. (Once we bought a ball I put her in that and she seemed happier). E tried vacuuming a short bit ago and she freaked out. I’m still trying to calm her down but it’s taking a bit of doing. She’s now eating (which is good) but i have yet to see her drink.

oy, how cruel that sounds. i feel badly. i would not like for my mum to tell me when i was older that she had me b/c she was bribed…

HOWEVER, she needs a name. We have a few thoughts based on some books I’ve recently read, her colouring, and her recent antics, but suggestions are highly welcome. I’ll try to get some pics soon. (also new category for her coming soon, i’m debating what to name it as well)

* mommied = a term my mum came up with after i spent a weekend babysitting two different wonderful families.
Night one: 3 yo girl pukes up her lunch from 2 days prior and (thankfully) missed the carpet by “inches”. I put her to bed after a bath and some story and hugs and her 6 yo sister was very helpful and kind. They were really good girls and moved away the next year. I pretty much stopped babysitting once they moved.
Night two: (another) 3 yo girl has wonderful diarrhea all over her bed shortly after putting her there. her 7 yo sister was a pain and i shut her in her room and took away her American Girl doll (note: this was over 12 years ago) the very little younger brother was ok and asleep upstairs. I put the little girl in the shower as best I could and the sheets in the wash. I think I read her a few stories. She calmed down and went to sleep. I returned her sister her doll and was forgiven. I think this was the incident when their parents came home a bit tipsie at 3am and the designated driver drove me home and I left my keys there and then broke into my house for the next 6 months until they realized that set of keys on the counter were mine. For my birthday both sets of families gave me OODLES of keyrings so we knew which was mine.

I still don’t see what I did as being so amazing.

My hamster didn’t puke or have diarrhea. I was, however, very wet when she was done. After I first posted this she finally drank some water and is now fast asleep. I guess the stress of earlier today wore her out.