... said, "Madelyn, do not lap up the dog's water."
... heard, "Dad, I think I want to blow something up."*
... had a phone to each ear, a breast fully exposed with a small kidlet attached to it, two timers ringing and a partridge in a freaking pear tree.
*Okay, so she was talking about the bag of balloons Tom bought for Mad's birthday party. You know, the ones where I told him, "Hey, we didn't remember to get balloons. Can you grab a few while you're out?" In my mind, "helium-filled" and "tied with a pretty ribbon" were unnecessary descriptors based on the last four birthday parties held around here.