I’ve been away on a conference in Queensland so even though it was a web conference I only looked at my email once and didn’t even open any. It’s great to get away from the computer for a while and I don’t even really have withdrawals. I had more withdrawals from not watching Big Brother. The only drawback to this conference being held in a lovely resort was that it was school holidays and the resort was full of kids. Normally that wouldn’t bother me as I have a three year old of my own, but I was child free so I resented the other kids being there, mainly when I wanted to be in the spa without being splashed by them thinking it was a swimming pool. I was a bit of an old bag and told a couple of them off for splashing me. One kid did it on purpose I think and the other was kicking while swimming from one side of the spa to the other. These kids were supposed to be supervised and I’d say 50 percent of them weren’t. It was quite annoying cause I wouldn’t want a kid to drown in front of me so I was conscious of where they were the whole time. I guess I’m just a conscientious mother but I wouldn’t let my son in a spa where it specified parental supervision if I wasn’t right there watching over them. I also wouldn’t let my kid put their head underneath the water in a spa – disgusting.
Beside this, the conference was good. It was the first one I’ve been on in four years and it’s also the first time I’ve been child free for more than one day. I dropped my son off at my parents last Friday and as I drove off he was holding mum’s hand waving at me, quite happy. I shed a few tears at the beginning of my two hour journey home but thought I could either cry all the way home, or not, so I chose the or not. Of course I thought of him a lot but gee it was good to have the break. The next time I won’t be quite so apprehensive about the whole thing. He was absolutely fine and even when he got shipped to my sisters, half an hour away from mum’s, because mum had her reoccurring back pain, he was perfect as my sister described him. When we were reunited yesterday it was as though I’d just gone down the street to buy something from the shop, not been away for five nights.
My other sister owes me some babysitting and I’ve primed her that I’ll be booking a weekend to Melbourne so she can have him then. It will be even better to do something like this where I don’t have to work, just party and shop!!!