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    I could wait to take my passport photo until I am more attractive but now I can’t even go to Canada anymore

    August 25, 2007

    You know that crappy airline that I have been whining about recently?  Well, they are now threatening to take back all our miles that we have hoarded like they are the last pound of butter during the Depression.  Something about expiration dates.

    OK, maybe I wasn’t hoarding mine.  I’m all about doing what it takes to get out of peasant class so maybe on occasion I have used miles to spring for the old upgrade.  I prefer to use The Husband’s miles but every once in a while he’d catch me and go all crazy on me.  Something about theft, I don’t know.  Something about using them for our “round the world” vacation that is clearly not going to happen with these damn kids.  Not that I wouldn’t take them around the world.  It’s just that The Boy is fiesty after a 2 hour puddle jumper with limited oxygen masks available for an in flight pressure change issue.  Can you even imagine how he would be somewhere over Nepal?  It’s all The Husband’s fault for telling me his password.  There is no honor in frequent flyer miles.  Why would I use mine when I can just as easily use yours?  Wrong, I know, but it’s an upgrade-eat-upgrade world.

    On what I assure you is a totally unrelated note, Carl, you are invited over to dinner.  I just need your FF password….  For informational purposes only, of course. 

    Now it seems that the “we-are-going-to-make-your-miles-that-you-can-never-use-anyway” disappear.  Or some of them.  We really can’t get a straight answer from anyone.  All I know is that we are talking about a LOT of miles.  Impossible to use, but The Husband is on the hunt to Use Those Miles If It’s The Last Thing He Does By Golly.  Which means I am going to have to bite the bullet and get a new passport.

    I can’t believe I let it expire and didn’t renew it immediately.  You would think that the Queen Of The Trip To London Just For Lunch On Her Birthday would sleep with her passport under her pillow. 

    Kids ruined me.  No really.  I had the hottest passport picture known to man.  I was smokin’ hot.  Tan.  Young.  Unwrinkled.  And I don’t mean my clothes.  Then I got married/passport expired/had a baby/fell apart.  I just kept telling myself that I would renew my passport when I looked better.  I mean, I still had Canada.

    No longer.  And I have no money for Botox so it looks like this lines in my face that represent the fact that I am NOT young anymore aren’t going away.  So tomorrow I will have The Husband take my passport picture. 

    With hair in a ponytail, Chapstick on my lips and probably a baby in my arms–just out of the camera’s view.  It’s either that or Cincinnati.  I guess that makes it a no-brainer.

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    1. Loralee says:

      If you need to use your miles soon, I’d hurry. I leave on Sept. 10 for the UK and applied in April (Expedited) I got it 2 weeks ago.

      Most of the big traffic jam due to the new Mexico and Canada passport requirements is better, but it’s still pretty bad…

      August 25th, 2007 at 10:28 am

    2. Mark says:

      Most all of the FF programs will allow you to rent from Hertz-Avis-National or spend a night in a Hilton/Marriott and if you use your FF # it keeps the hounds at bay and keeps the FF clock ticking for another 18 months. Check out for all that you need to know on FF programs.

      August 25th, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    3. Carl says:

      Would that be the password for United, Delta, American or Continental? I’ll be logging a couple thousand more miles in the next few weeks, and some of it will be on those little planes with no possibility for upgrade.

      I’d say your creme brulee is worth at least 10,000 miles, but having that torch around for the top may not be a good idea with two mobile children.

      August 26th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    4. Cathy says:

      Your crem brulee is worth a few thousand miles at least.

      Its official – I miss Carl….

      August 29th, 2007 at 6:46 am

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