August 02, 2012


Newspaper stopped. Check
Hold on mail. Check
Packed. Check.
Checked in to airline. Check

I left work today with a short list for the boys. "Please wash my floors, do the laundry, clean off the back porch... and go to Publix to buy snacks for the trip."

I came in to a house that smelled crystal clean, laundry not folded, but ALL washed, and the back porch picked up.

But when you send three teenage boys to 'pick up snacks'... one should realize they will bring home the motherlode of snacks.

Protein bars, cookies, pop-tarts, the biggest dang box of Ritz peanut butter crackers, and more cookies.

I didn't give them a budget.

Lesson learned: It shall be phrased this way next time, "Please go to Publix and get snacks for the trip. You may each pick two, but you have to stay within the following budget..."

Apparently they will be eating their way to Italy.

Locusts. I live with Locusts.

I looked up the plane we are flying, an Airbus 330-300. I'm not thrilled it's Airbus, but what're ya going to do? I also read that the plane is inhumanely cramped in the cattle car coach. I didn't tell anyone. Why bother to stir them up? Besides, we're small people... so I figure it's all good.

Work has been crazy lately, so dang crazy. It is not a good time to take vacation, but it is what it is. I literally finished every thing on my to-do list the minute I HAD to leave.

I left work to a resounding, "Ciao, Bella!" from the guys from work. They're excited for me, but I think they're more excited at the potential for water cooler stories that will make them laugh.

I sent out a note to my team in the great white North, that read something like this:

"I'm off. It's all taken care of. There shouldn't be any questions, but call my boss if you need anything.

I'm Italy bound. We opted not to tell Bones about the bidet. We decided we'd wait until we got to the hotel, wait for him to ask what it is, and let his father explain. We'll watch. It's just really important he not think it's a water fountain...

Ciao, Bou"

I will have an ability to blog if I can. Time will be an issue, I suspect, as well as 'wifi-ability'.

I think what I'm looking forward to the most... is watching the world open up to my children. They have never been out of the United States before, let alone a place as historically relevant as Rome.

I'm looking forward to watching their faces and the comments.

I'm bringing a notebook to try to keep track. Let us hope... I remember.


Posted by Boudicca at August 2, 2012 10:48 PM

Have an awesome time!

Posted by: Rave at August 2, 2012 11:23 PM

Have an amazing trip!

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 2, 2012 11:56 PM

Have an awesome time and take lots of pix!

Posted by: AC at August 3, 2012 03:31 AM

Bon voyage!

Posted by: Leigh at August 3, 2012 05:59 AM

Ciao, Bou and family! Have a terrific trip!! :D

Posted by: pam at August 3, 2012 06:52 AM

.... Europe has no idea how lucky it is about to be!!.... your boys are going to LOVE Italy!.... have a safe trip!...

Posted by: Eric at August 3, 2012 07:06 AM

If they still sell them...there are little red covered books that show the various historical sites in Rome, with overlay pages that show how it looked when new. My kids still get that little book out and flip through it, years later. They used to sell them at various places in all different languages.

Thankfully your children are old enough to appreciate the trip - my oldest son was three when we went to Italy. He almost got us kicked out of the Sistine Chapel when he discovered there was an echo.

Posted by: Harper at August 3, 2012 07:27 AM

My sister has one of those little books! I'm going to have to get one!

I totally intend to immerse myself. I'm going to eat like them, sit in cafes and drink weird coffees, and just watch.

Our flight leaves at 3, so we're outta here in about 4 hours. My son is mowing the lawn. The bills are paid.. we're ready. I'm just washing everyone's sheets so everyone comes home to a clean bed.

Posted by: Bou at August 3, 2012 08:04 AM

I am sooo looking forward to the 'water cooler' stories too!

Safe travels and have a wonderful time.

Posted by: cin at August 3, 2012 12:15 PM

Have fun, and don't forget the Immodium. And make sure that Bones knows the difference between a dunny and a bidet.

Don't they still fly 747's overseas anymore?

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