I have been sick and it is NOTHING, I assure you, to do with Great Dane Pies or Peanut Butter Poopies, or cow pies or any of those things.

I realize those might have had something to do with making some of you feel a little sick, but me, I laughed my head off.� But despite the fact that laughter is the best medicine, mostly the laughing made me cough harder.
I am a little aggrieved about actually falling virus sick, in fact, because you would think with all that orange peel and chocolate, my immune system would be doing just FINE.

Maybe I am supposed to be eating the whole orange?


I did make fresh orange juice of all the peeled oranges, but it was a pale and feeble imitation of the orange juice you could get from these.

Maybe not good enough to ward off viruses.

I hope you are all doing just fine!� Meanwhile, with the holiday season coming up, all tips for traveling with a toddler are welcome here….insanely long plane trips AND insanely long car trips are among our lot over the next six weeks.� Help, help, help!

  • With a toddler… oh boy, that was a long time ago. Portable DVD player! Books on CD! A few books you can stand to read fifty skillion times, and a small MagnaDoodle. Frequent stops to get out and walk around, although that’s only for the car trips – definitely not recommended for air travel. On the plane, though, I suggest frequent walkies up and down the corridor – Ignatz and I flew from Munich to Chicago when he was almost two, and we spent almost the entire flight on our feet. You just have to give up any hope of any kind of you-time on the flight: it’s all about the kid.

    Urgh, that sounds bleak. I sure hope someone else chimes in with better advice. Do they have toddler valium yet?

    November 13, 2007 at 2:34 pm
  • Anne-Gaelle

    I hope you’ll get well soon…I do understand you since I’m exactly in the same situation and I really thank you to write about it! As far as I’m concerned, I’m thinking about taking some medicines to make me feel sleepy in the plane… I also still believe maybe I will be better tomorrow^^

    November 13, 2007 at 8:38 pm
  • I hope you feel better soon:) Endless cups of tea tend to be my default, along with all those yummy oranges! As for the travel advice…I don’t know! I’m still childless so I don’t have much clue of what to do beyond reading books and singing silly songs and eating yummy not-too-sugary snacks and sleep. Good luck!

    November 15, 2007 at 12:03 am
  • melinda

    I hope you get well soon . Orange juice/Vit C and drugs. You take the OJ and the toddler gets the sleeping tablets on the trip. LOL
    Hey, Just Kidding! You can have the tablets too.

    November 15, 2007 at 12:24 am
  • Anne-Gaelle

    of course I feel a lot luckier since I’ve just understood what a toddler meant,lol!

    November 18, 2007 at 3:51 pm
  • Anne-Gaelle

    good luck! 😉

    November 18, 2007 at 3:52 pm
  • I’m afraid I don’t have any tips for traveling with toddlers. That time was long ago. And I solved the problem with the first two by never going anywhere farther than a two hour trip, and that timed for naptime. And with my youngest, he had a car FULL of siblings to entertain him and we could drive for DAYS. You might ask my DIL Lisa though, she’s an expert on traveling with a wee one. I think it has something to do with her stamina as a young woman. She discovered certain music keeps Joli happy. Circle Round (a CD for children) and the latest Avril Lavigne seem to be her favorites. I’m sure your little pookie will have her own faves.

    Try some echinacea and golden seal along with your oranges, for that cold of yours. Tincture or tea – not capsules. You don’t get near the effectiveness with capsules as you do with the former two. And the two combined is better than just echinacea. or gypsy cold formula tea or tincture if you’re feeling achey – equal parts yarrow, peppermint, and elder flower. And/or – get thee to your favorite Chinese restaurant and drink lots of hot tea, hot soup, and something spicy.

    November 18, 2007 at 4:48 pm
  • Laura, I once got sick on too many oranges. I cannot stop eating them. And my favorite food combination is orange and chocolate.

    November 18, 2007 at 7:46 pm
  • Robin F

    I am generally a lurker, but as an American living in Scotland with at 3 year old, I couldn’t resist commenting. We’ve been traveling back and forth to the US a couple of times a year since he was born. I agree that you can’t expect much time to yourself. However, for my son, new books that I know he will love and I won’t mind re-reading. Or small toys. I tend to dole them out carefully so that when he is getting cranky I can say I have another surprise. Walking up and down the airplane is good too. Let them run as much as possible in the airports so they are tired out. Going to Europe my son generally sleeps for most of the trip it is the other way that is more difficult.

    Also, and I don’t know if your daughter is big enough yet, but we got my son a Trunki, which is a carry on suitcase he can ride on. I is not helpful on the the plane, but in airports it is fantastic and always makes people smile when they see it. It was a real lifesaver once when we had to wait 45 minutes for bags before going through customs in Atlanta. My son love been swung around on it. Good luck!

    November 19, 2007 at 9:51 am
  • Thank you, everybody, for the tips and get-well wishes! I haven’t had a chance to blog again and we’re off for Thanksgiving, but I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

    November 19, 2007 at 7:55 pm
  • AHA!
    I see no mention of POMEGRANATES here!
    Shame on you!
    one tablespoon a day of pomie seeds keeps all doctors away
    I have spoken.

    December 2, 2007 at 1:31 pm

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