Thursday, December 06, 2007

What Not to Say to a Woman Facing Labor, Delivery, and Care of a Newborn

Yesterday, my (child-free) boss was addressing our team, giving us management updates and new project assignments. He turned to me and said, "You're so lucky to be going on that little vacation in the spring – " and he froze, eyes almost bulging out of his head in the effort to stop the phrase.

Another colleague, father of two toddlers, stepped backwards in preparation for bloodshed, and said, "Wow, you're really put your foot in it."

I deadpanned, "No worries, I'll just wait until his back is turned."

My boss mimed being stabbed and just smiled sheepishly.

I've been craving sushi for the last two weeks, and in a fit of desperation today, pulled down the lunch menus of all six Company cafeterias to see if any of them were serving. I would have been willing to drive across campus to a distant building, but no luck.

Note that the part about sushi that's troubling for pregnant women is the ingredient of raw fish. I don't eat raw fish at all, even when I'm not pregnant. And further down that path, the problem with raw fish is the risk of parasites, and sushi fish in the US is usually flash frozen, which kills the parasites, just like cooking would. On top of that, most illnesses caused by seafood are not from fish, they're from raw oysters eaten during the summer months, when the warm temperatures raise the risk of contaminants. So there, don't begrudge me my rice and vegetable sushi!

Anyhow, SwingDaddy had a work event this evening, but I managed to convince the little dude to go get sushi with me. We drove in the dark rainy night, singing all the parts of "It's Raining, It's Pouring" and "I've Been Working on the Railroad," picked up the order, and sat in the car, enjoying carrot rolls and walnut rolls until we were full enough to drive home. Yum. Craving satisfied.


Suzanne said...

What an impressive amount of self-control you have!

Vacation indeed. Hmphh.

Mayberry said...

I loooove the veggie stuff too. Alas, very hard to find here in Mayberry!