Away on Business 2
I was away on business again recently. It was the sequel to my previous business trip. It was Away on Business 2: Electric Bugaloo. Like any sequel it was bigger, longer, there were more explosions, less exposition and Megan Fox was replaced by a different actress.
This sequel was one of the good sequels and not the cash grab sequels. It was Spider-man 2 and not The Hangover 2. It was a good business trip. Even for a sequel.
Of course, I missed a lot of things about my daughter while I was away. Here they are in list form, because lists are easy.
Whether you’re picking her up for a cuddle or trying to calm her from a tantrum, you get used to that extra toddler weight. I was 24 pounds lighter while away. My toddler saddle bags were back home. Cuddling some bags of rice at the local grocery store doesn’t seem to cut it.
My daughter has this funny little toddler voice. She mispronounces words, slurs her speech, and is generally unintelligible 60 percent of the time. I was surrounded by completely telligible people while away. And never had to say “Daddy, doesn’t understand you” to any of my coworkers.
Just kidding. Moving on.
I also missed my wife. She’s my other half. The ying to my jelly. The yang to my peanut butter. And a mandatory inclusion in all blog lists.
The leg attention
When you have a toddler, your legs get a lot of attention. My daughter stands at my leg height. So when she hugs me, she hugs my legs. When she wants to get my attention, she tugs at my legs. When I’m away on business, the gams get no attention.
The alarm clock
My daughter is our alarm clock. She wakes up early and we wake up. I haven’t set an alarm in nearly two years, except when I’m away on business. When I’m away on business I have to set an alarm or get a wakeup call from the front desk. When I’m home my daughter is the wakeup call.
What will I miss when I’m away on business for the three-quel? It’s tough to say. If I follow the rules of most trilogies, then this list if just a teaser for the next list. And this list is probably going to be better than the next list. Stay tuned.