We returned from our second annual Please Send Vodka extravaganza largely unscathed. (Although, as you can tell from the photograph, I've not taken any future psychological breakdowns into account for that assessment).
Please Send Vodka (or PSV) for those of you wondering is a kind of a moms' group that meets 'round the clock in the wide open space of the internet. It's a bulletin board-type forum where people post and run or post and read as time permits.
For many of the group's members the place is a lifesaver. We show up with questions, concerns and our feelings of complete inadequacy, and we leave with answers and reassurance and enough confidence to try it again or attempt something new.
Although I can't really adequately describe all that went on at Party Central because I was
drinking heavily only one small cog in the wheel of many conversations, I can give you an overview of what the experience leaves me thinking:
* First and foremost, the MEN (husbands, fathers, others) who make random guest apearances on the boards as they are often featured topics in
multiple occasional complaint boxes (shush ... we dole out credit, too) deserve nothing but props for making the trip to meet people who are, to them, total strangers. Although we women feel like we're all friends because we chat online and we drop names that you have picked up in passing, you guys are the real troopers for smiling, making small talk and generally being the supportive people that you are without really knowing a soul.
* The women are all more beautiful in the flesh. And the kids are positively edible.
* Children who eat lollypop rings for breakfast, lunch and dinner can bounce in an inflatable house ALL. NIGHT.
*Beer consumption doesn't make parents equally as athletic ... but an hour long session inside the house (along with copious amounts of alcohol) makes one think 'why hasn't someone made this into the latest fitness fad before?'
*Any party involving children will be made better if there are at least two realistic looking baby dolls that can be placed in precarious locations.
*If all kids are wearing the same clothes you might go home with the wrong kid.
*Bringing temporary tattoos and teaching my kid how to apply them to others? Two words: Ice. Breaker. Also, made her not climb up in the sling with her brother or attach herself permanently to my leg. All good.
*** We've got scads of leftover tattoos. So if you missed out, drop me a line and I send one your way.