Yesterday I brought Ethan to work for a couple hours in the morning. He was quite well behaved (only two time-outs, which were supremely adorable: All I could see was the top of his curly bap as he sat on an office chair facing the wall behind my desk).
Speaking of which:
That's Ethan on his time-out stool in the hall, with one of my curlers in his hair. Might I also direct your attention to his face (that's the thing above his lower lip).
I was disappointed that he didn't display his fine vocabulary for all to marvel at (Go on, talk, you trained seal you!); he did, however, say "Mommy" approximately 4,572 times in 2.5 hours. Michaela aptly noticed that when he wasn't talking he was humming, a veritable noisemaker. Lucky for me I'm a professional Tuner Outer. Who knew working as a writer/editor for a couple years in a large shared space with 20-foot ceilings would prepare me for mothering a toddler.
P.S. Have you heard about BookSneeze.com? The tagline is "Good books are contagious." Very clever, and it just so happens "sneeze" is one of my favorite words.
I just read about it yesterday on Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt's blog. The concept is to get 10,000 bloggers to sign up as reviewers for Thomas Nelson books; you select books from current releases, they send them to you for free, and you write a review on your blog and on an online bookseller, such as Amazon. Of course, the reviews are all honest, no false positivity required. I think this is a brilliant marketing initiative, and a fine way of marrying print publishing with the online world—on top of which, it's a publisher recognizing the important role of bloggers in new marketing. I'm awaiting my first book. Woot!