Friday, July 31, 2009

Shannon's Pre-trip Answers

1) What are you looking forward to the most in Paris?
  • Pain au chocolat
  • Cafes
  • Loire Valley (I haven't ever been outside of Paris in France)
2) What are you looking forward to the most in London?
  • Double decker bus rides
  • Stonehenge
  • British Museum
3) Is there anything you are nervous about?
  • Dealing with the kids in a big city - they don't really get the need to stay close or be aware of their surroundings
  • Being the go-to person in the family for speaking French - it's been QUITE some time since I've taken a French class

Doug's Pre-Trip Answers

1) What are you looking forward to the most in Paris?
  • good coffee
  • good bread
2) What are you looking forward to the most in London?
  • good beer
  • good offal (well...)
3) Is there anything you are nervous about?
  • Dealing with my children after they've had 3 hours of sleep on a plane.
  • Confidently saying "bonjour" and getting a torrent of rapid French sentences that are completely incomprehensible to me. "Uh, actually, je ne parle pas francais."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Berkley's Pre-Trip Answers

1) What are you looking forward to the most in Paris?
  • Eiffel Tower
  • EuroDisney
  • Castles
2) What are you looking forward to the most in London?
  • Bath
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London
3) Is there anything you are nervous about?
  • Speaking a different language
  • Going to very busy markets

Quin's Pre-Trip Answers

1) What are you looking forward to the most in Paris?
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Picasso Museum
  • EuroDisney
2) What are you looking forward to the most in London?
  • Eye of London (maybe - if the line's not too long)
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London
3) Is there anything you are nervous about?
  • Speaking a different language (but I do know to ask - parlez vous anglais?)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

T Minus 48 Hours

So, it's now Wednesday night, and it seems like we're in good shape. The house is mostly clean as is the yard, garage and basement. But, we always think we're in good shape running up to going out of town, yet getting out the door is inordinately stressful.

What's left to do? Well - we haven't actually started packing yet. And we need to get some things together for the families that are coming here. We also want to let folks know about the blog, so that someone is actually reading this. Oh - and did I mention that we may close on our refinance on Friday morning?

One key indicator of how it's going will be when we post next. I'd like to ask Quin and Berkley about their expectations for the trip and post them (so that we can look at them after the fact). If those appear (and you all find out about this site before we leave on Friday), then all is well. If neither of those things happens, well, then we're in trouble.

Going Away Party

So, even though we're only going away for a month, our friends threw us a "going away" party last night. Okay - so it was really an excuse to get a sitter and go out for a few drinks. And that we did, although a good half of the bars that we wanted to go to were closed on Tuesday night! To make up for that, we did get to see the Budweiser Clydesdales who were randomly hanging out in downtown New Bedford last night. A good time was had by all, and we received several "gifts" to ensure that we don't forget where we came from. Not sure what I'm going to do with a flag bandanna, but when I see it, I will definitely remember a great group of friends.

Monday, July 20, 2009

To Benadryl or not to Benadryl - that is the question

Our flight to Paris is a red-eye. We leave Boston around 7:00 pm on Friday and get in to Paris about 7:30 in the morning the next day. Total flight length is about 7 hours. Ideally, I'd like the boys to get at least 4 hours of sleep on the plane, but when we went to Seattle (also a night flight, but not a red eye as it was going in the opposite direction), they had a hard time falling asleep. So, the big question is whether or not to give them Benadryl (and they have had it before and no - it does not make them hyper as it does with some kids). On the one hand, it seems like really bad parenting to drug your kids just to make life easier. On the other hand, it's not like it's an illegal drug or anything - it's just Benadryl. Plus, given that I'll probably be operating on very little sleep myself (I don't sleep well on planes generally, and the boys will probably be all over me trying to get comfortable), it would be nice to have them not be a big hot mess the first day we're there. We're not planning on doing anything that day, but overtired boys and overtired parents can be a bad combination.

I've been mulling this over for a while now, and I'm still on the fence. Our pediatrician (who is also a good friend) suggested bringing it along and seeing how it goes, but I'd kind of like to have a game plan before we go - that's just how I roll.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gettin' Ready

Preparations are underway for our upcoming trip to Europe. We're doing a home exchange for the month of August. We'll be spending two weeks in Paris and two weeks in London. We've started crossing things off our to do list - which is good since we only have two weeks left until we leave! Right now, we're checking "create blog" off the list (while watching the Stonehenge scene in Spinal Tap - how appropriate!). Before we leave, we'll try to post regular updates of what we're doing to get ready, what our plans are for our trip and anything else that strikes our fancy. While we're away, we'll post regular updates about our trip - good and bad. Stay tuned for more information!