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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October Surprise

Last week our ex-nanny, and still cousin extraordinaire, M, asked our family to be in a movie on Saturday.  OK, so it was just a student film, but we couldn't say no to M.

Friday night was just marvelous.  I wasn't sleeping, which was good, since Proximo wasn't either. I had the distinct privilege and honor of cleaning El Guille's throw up from where he missed the bucket, changing his sheets, cleaning him off, all three kinds of delightful! I woke up to a call from M reminding us of call time. 

I got up so tired that I thought I would throw up. And then I did. And did again. Yet, a promise is a promise. I know what a hassle it is to plan a shoot and then not have people show up, or have something go wrong. I managed to get into full makeup, get everyone dressed, and all of us out of the house. I rode shotgun, armed with a bucket.

We drove down to the park with Proximo screaming in the back seat because I had not let him buckle his own belt. All we had to do was sit on a blanket and pretend to be a happy family enjoying the park.  I got out of the car, walked two steps, and retched into the bucket. At some point, just holding the bucket wasn't enough, I had to fall onto my knees, in the middle of the park, in a skirt, cardigan, and full makeup, and empty the contents of my already empty stomach. I just like attention.

I walked a little wobbly to where our blanket was set up and laid down with the rest of the family. Proximo clung to me like he always clings to me, but this time with anger and loud noises, apparently annoyed with my inconsiderate illness. The crew did a couple more takes of the scene they had already set up and then turned to us. Just as we were ready to roll, I motioned to M to bring me the bucket. You know, with a cinematographer, a director, a sound guy, production assistants, rolling film, in a city park. I guess I can't run for office anymore without some really fantastic and perfectly lit YouTube footage ready to make an October surprise.

There's just something really funny about looking at yourself in the mirror after throwing up and seeing yourself in all that makeup. I thought about washing it all off, but decided that if models have to do it with perfect cat-eyes, so could I. The rest of the weekend was just as lovely. I may have even forgotten to feed the children one day, who can keep track? Solid food is for suckers.

17 comments:

Britty said...

Oh you poor thing. Especially throwing up with makeup on. You feel like your face has melted off afterward.

Azúcar said...

But it's also kind of funny, isn't it?

Chief Momma said...

All I can do is laugh. Hard.

i i eee said...

It's true. Throwing up while looking pretty feels strange and bizarre.

Sorry bout the pukey weekend.

Azúcar said...

I don't know how the model/actresses do it!

Camille said...

I hope you got PAID for your acting skills. What a trooper.

You didn't happen to start your day off with a Grand Slamwich, did you? You'd think you would have learned your lesson by now... :)

Hope you get feeling better!

Kalli Ko said...

if Kate Moss can do it, SO CAN YOU!

annie said...

maybe puking helped you capture the DRAMA and EMOTION of being a happy family enjoying the park.

b. said...

If it makes you feel any better...I was cleaning up after my 17 year old son's cyclic vomiting too. Bleach...is a healer.

I hope you are now feeling better!

CKW said...

You're a good friend! I'd consider multiple vomiting family members a very acceptable reason to cancel.

Marge Bjork said...

such a prima-donna

Sister Pottymouth said...

So sorry, but I, too, laughed and laughed. Even when you are feeling nasty, you write like nobody else.

Staci said...

yikes you poor thing!!! hope your feeling better!

Amber said...

Wow, you clearly take your commitment to show business seriously. I guess that the show must go on, as they say.

Too bad your chances for political glory were ruined in the process, though. ;)

Michelle said...

ooh, I can think of better surprises. I"m just glad I didn't send you any chocolate-- would have been such a waste!

Azúcar said...

Stimmt, Michelle, stimmt.

Suzie Petunia said...

This makes my story of stopping the caravan of cars we were traveling with while on vacation so I could throw up on the side of the road in front of all of them look pretty lame. Thanks a lot.