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I'm SO jealous
Chris is going on a business trip to the US. From January 21st to January 30th.


He's going to spend 3 nights in Seattle with my family. He's going to see my niece. The cute one. The one I haven't met yet. This one (took this screenshot while chatting with my parents today):


I want to smell her hair and cuddle with her. I want to make her laugh and play with her and my nephew, Akash (I gotta get a screenshot of him soon too), and Maya and Nadia. Maya would LOVE Anjali.

*sob again*

I want to go shopping! MICHAELS! I want to eat at In-N-Out and Taco Bell! I want to drive and be able to talk to people and understand them when they talk back. I want to see my friends in Los Angeles (Chris will be in LA for the rest of the time he's in the US, except for a day trip to San Jose)!


*bigger sob*

Poopy head. *sticks tongue out at Chris*

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From: gabbytheguy Date: January 18th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poor Priya!

Thats got to really suck big ones!

I am trying to think how Martha would feel if I went to see her family without her - I think she'd be so jealous!

I hope you can find something to busy yourself with the kids so the time doesn't drag too much!
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: January 18th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no! Well, that's just not fair, is it? But that's the way it always goes...the husband moves the family WAY far away for his job, then his job sends him to all these great places (including back 'home') while the rest of the family waits for him to get back! Oh, well.

Here's what you do. Tell Chris to go see Anjali on the 30th before he comes home. He needs to get a bib that she has been wearing and put it in a ziplock baggie. Then he can bring it home to you, and you can smell her "baby-ness" on the bib!

The sense of smell is supposed to be a powerful bonding tool. And you know how baby stuff just smells different and so...baby-ish. :) (You never know...it could work!)

priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 18th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL That's a great idea! Except he will be in Seattle at the beginning of the trip - I think that bib might not smell so cute by the end. :-O
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: January 18th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
So why aren't you going ?
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 18th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Believe me, I looked into it!

Airfare is much to high at this time of the year because of the Lunar New Year on the 30th. It is like Christmas there in the US when it comes to air travel and ticket prices. It would be well over $2000 for me and the kids. Nadia requires her own seat now, otherwise we might have swung just the two tickets for me and Maya.
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: January 18th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
> much too high

Much too high for ? If you have the money, is there something you want to save it for ? Or is it just a matter of not wanting to get into debt ? Which of course is unarguable. Is there a way to leave the kids there somehow ? But I figure you'd probably not want to anyway.

I guess I'm pursuing the question since Nadia's ticket appears to be the margin. And then of course there's the issue of "value". How much is "worth it" for a ticket. Would the value of seeing your family exceed the absolute $ value of the ticket ? We end up measuring this by how much tickets "usually" cost. If you can go another time in the next few months, after the Lunar festivities have passed, without Chris, will it be worth it ? Would you go ? All these questions hypothetically only if you are making a decision between saving the money versus spending it, and not if you have to think about being in more debt versus being in less debt.

I remember thinking hard about the $1600 air tickets to Israel in Jul 05. Then I figured I only live once. Still, I'm fortunate to have had the money and didn't need to go into debt for it. It just didn't fit into the plan of how much we wanted to save for the year, and of course our savings plan is crafted for important life events, such as a move to India, children etc. Had to make the decision, and I decided to diminish the savings pot. No regrets. After all, I may die tomorrow and then I'll be sad I was thinking too far ahead.

Life is always a balance between the hedonistic "now" and the planned "later" eh ?! Maybe you can stay in Seoul and treat yourself to some good ole Murkan food several times to make up.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 19th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Much to high for our budget right now. While this was not an unexpected trip (he's known about the possibility of going since December), because of the time of the trip, I can't really justify the cost right now. Maya would miss school (though I'm not worried about it, it is just a side effect), it would only be for one week that Chris is there, and we have plans for a trip (tnot to the US, but somewhere around Asia to sightsee) in April when Maya has two weeks off for Spring Break. Plus, we have an India trip coming up this summer and my family from the US is going with us, so we will see them then anyway.

Yes, it seems that Nadia's ticket is the deciding factor and I suppose it is. If she were less than one or could sit in my lap, then her ticket would only be 10% of an adult ticket. That's significant. I'd probably take her as a lap child because it is almost certain at other times of the year to be able to find an empty seat to switch with someone else. Not during this high travel season though. And neither of us wants a squirmy two-year-old on our laps for 12 hours straight.

I could just say "to hell with it" and throw it on a credit card, but last year at this time, we got them all paid off (except for business expenses which are reimbursable) and I don't want to put that much money back on one just for a short trip. So, also don't want to get into debt for this.

I'll just have to settle for more video chats for now. :-)
sammykate From: sammykate Date: January 18th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


No fair, no fair, no fair!!!!! (stamps foot)

Pooh on business trips that don't include the wife and kids!!!


(but we still love Chris)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 18th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I still love him too, the poopy head. ;-) I'm giving him a shopping list - he might actually have to step foot in a Michael's! Now, that's love.

Chris wants to get together with Shane and the others while he's there.

From: junetoo Date: January 19th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL we were just at Michael's a couple days ago and of course it reminded me of you. We were looking at all the scrapbooking stuff and he was pointing out the ones he liked and talking about how pretty some of them were. It was so weird!
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