July 30, 2012

Prep Time

So today has been a bit of a scramble between trying to get caught up at work and get ahead since I'll be gone for the next 10 days, and getting preparations for our Friday departure.

We got a phone call today from our Travel Agent telling us of the hazard of pick pockets in Rome, in particular... the Vatican. Hunh. Evidently they take the picking of a pocket to a whole new level there. So I spent the evening trying to find a place that sold a money belt (Sears) and picking up last minute travel items that we might need.

I've forewarned the boys already about the hotel, that the rooms are small and don't have closets. I also explained the bathrooms will be small and functional. I didn't want any surprises.

Except, I didn't get into the Bidet thing with Bones. I think the warped part of me wants to see his reaction. Evidently Bidets are standard in all their bathrooms as exhibited by all the pictures Americans take of them and post on Travel websites.

So that whole 'Bones meets the Bidet' thing could be a post in itself.

That could be a Chapter name in my book... you know the one I am never going to write that is going to be entitled, "Something is Fermenting in my Car".

I'm just kind of excited about eating Gelato in Italy. I want to try their chocolate.

It's the little things.


An update on the young man... the vent will be disconnected tomorrow if all goes well. I don't know when/if they are moving him out of ICU, but he is evidently doing well enough to allow him to try to breathe on his own.

I think they are assessing neurological damage tomorrow. That may be awhile to figure out.

Everything I have read has been rather bleak regarding recovery. That said, he made it this far and he was in great cardiovascular shape before the incident... so I remain hopeful.

Thank you for all the prayers. It is very much appreciated.

Posted by Boudicca at July 30, 2012 10:50 PM

It will be great to hear your travel stories!

And thanks for the update on the young man...continued prayers for him.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at July 31, 2012 01:06 PM

If you're taking cameras, good cameras, get a diaper bag. Plenty of storage and if you throw a couple of diapers and a pack of wipes on top, you don't have to worry about snatchers. They'll just assume someone else is holding the baby.
My ex father in law taught me that one on a trip to puerto Rico where the pick pockets are really bad.

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Posted by: chaus blogspace at August 1, 2012 01:28 AM

Drat - had I known earlier... sites like Travel Smith and Magellan's sell stuff like money belts and purses that can't be pickpocketed. But I'm glad you found a money belt thing. Can't wait for the posts.

Posted by: Teresa at August 1, 2012 02:10 PM

Your trip is going to be amazing!! Hopefully you'll take an extra pair of tennis shoes . . . you'll definitely want them because of all the walking! And the FOOD!! You're going to love it!! And then walk it all off ;-) Can't wait for the blog posts of your adventures! Travel safe!

And keeping the prayers up for that young man and his family.

Posted by: Nina at August 2, 2012 08:16 AM