I couldn't possibly make this sh*t up.


Last day in the U.S.

Some random things heard after Jack got off the bus yesterday. Now we areHappily flying to London! 300km away. Will post upon landing!



Jack: The secret is not to breathe

me: For what?

Jack: On how to eat massive amounts of food.


Jack: Me gusta tocar migo. Hahaha!

me: You like what?

Jack: Hahahahaha.

me: (looking on Google translate) Sigh.


I’ll stay my brilliant London posts tonight hopefully! πŸ˜‰

Quote of the day: After School

The first thing Jack said after he got off the bus…

Jack: Mom, I’ll hang onto the car roof And you drive up the driveway.

me: Sigh.

Germany: Day 6

We are done with the IDS show! It was a really successful show for us, so we are super happy. Got out a little early today with the plan to go to the Chocolate factory, Starbucks (in German of course), the mustard factory, the nutcracker factory and to walk around the old part of the city. We did it all… plus took a long walk along the Rhine!

Then we met up with some old business friends for a serious dinner. More beer. Coaster flipping. I got to 14 in one night. The reigning champion with 20 years experience got up to 21. So I wasn’t that bad!

I had some more pork products with cabbage and potato dumplings. So insanely good!

I won a Fitbit today and bought so many gifts and sweets that I’m afraid to pack my carry on luggage. This should be fun!

I talked to Jack and he had received his report card yesterday. We had been worried about one or two classes at the halfway point but he seemed to have brought everything up πŸ™‚

Jack: I got 2 A+’s, 7 A’s and 2 B’s.

me: Wow that’s so good! I’m proud of you!

Jack: But my grade point dropped down to a 3.65. (He had high honors last time)

me: Awww hoes that possible  when you have so many A’s? 

Jack: I had more A+’a last time, that’s how.

me: Ok well we can work on that and bring them up again…

Jack: Nah, this is WAY better than I thought I was gonna do so I’m good…

And there you have it. I’ll see the report card when I get home tomorrow! Last night in Koln…it has been a great trip!

Germany: Day 5

Still in Koln! Still at IDS! 

Well right now I’m in bed. πŸ™‚

It’s a bit of a repeat from day 4, so not much new to report. Work dinner hotel bed. Tomorrow is our last full day and then we fly home. Back to reality! 

I had this great tea at a publisher’s booth and had to share it.

Dinner was in the “going out” section of Koln. Very trendy and crowded. People would sit outside and eat while snuggling under blankets supplied by the restaurants! Very neat-o!

I called Jack after we ate and after he got home from school.

Jack: I thought you were showing me the restaurant?

We were facetiming and I told Jack I would walk into the restaurant to show him what it looked like. Then I tried to say goodbye without doing that!

me: Sorry, sure  let’s go. 

I walked into the bar and held his face up.

me: This is where we ate dinner. (I rotated the screen through the restaurant bar and he saw how everyone stopped talking as they looked to see what was going on.)

Jack: Can’t hear you!

me: I’m not talking right now, just showing. Too loud! Have to put the phone up to your face now to talk. (Everyone thought I was nuts)

Jack: Ok goodnight!

me: Goodnight.

Drunk German guy making fun of me: Gooot Naaaaght. (Laughter)

Haha those funny Germans.

Gute Nacht to you.

Germany: Day 4

Could this tradeshow convention hall BE any bigger? There are 11 halls and hundreds of booths in each hall. Some halls are more than one floor even. Today, while working at our booth, I managed to walk 6.5 miles. OMG.

It was a busy work day with some fun added in. Some of the bigger companies have booths with dance music and they start their day with a group exercise class complete with aerobic instructor in workout gear and headphone mic. 

We got another little break at the end of the day and walked around in the old part of the city which was so much fun. I bought a few paintings of the Dom Cathedral and a LOT of chocolates and souvenirs to bring home. 

We had a GREAT dinner and I asked the waiter to bring me whatever he wanted. It was seriously one of the best meals I ever had. It involved cabbage, pork, potatoes and cream. Go figure. I’m sure it was a diet dish. :O

We have all types of people working at our booth: the Guy from Romania (he is here to add the exotic flair), the girl from Poland (for comedic timing), the German guy and girl (for local flavor) and the US gang which stands out like a sore thumb in a crowd πŸ˜‰

me: I have a present for youuuuu…

Jack: What is it??

me: Something in a box.

Jack: Come on!

me: And some plastic.

Jack: Give me a hint!

me: It’s from Germany.

Jack: Sigh.

Ha, Mom wins one finally and gets a sigh!

So tired. Will write more tomorrow. I mean today after day 5. πŸ™‚

Germany: Day 3

It was another busy day at the IDS dental  show in Koln, Germany on Wednesday. We had many meetings with our distributors and vendors, and had hundreds of customers visit our booth. We’ve spoken about a dozen languages between us all! In dem zahnzwischenraum! (Inside joke)

There weren’t too many opportunities to sit and rest so our feet are a bit sore 😦 we log about 8 miles on our Fitbits each day too!

We were able to walk around before dinner and do some shopping and of course pickup souvenirs and chocolates, but I still have more shopping to do.

The temperature has been great, 50’s, and is expected to go up even more this week. The lights are warm at the booth so we are always just a bit on the sweaty side. I’m hearing it’s. I’ve and cold back home haha. Glad I’m missing it!

We had an amazing traditional German dinner at Roter Ochsen, near the Rhine River. Bratwurst, blood sausage. Schnitzel, apple strudel, beer beer beer! I tried a little bit of everything.

Jack called during dinner and I stepped outside to FaceTime with him. I wanted to show him the restaurant and the sights.

me: Hey Jack look! Here’s the river and the river boats, and the restaurant we are eating at right now. Can you see everyone inside? Look, there’s Bill and Bob and Mirja and Andrei, remember him from last year when they visited and we went to Five Guys? Are you waving? See? They’re all waving! And those are some other sales people…

Jack: Mom, I can only see my own reflection in the window.

me: Sigh. Ok on that note, goodnight!

I tossed and turned all night ugh, Day 4 is going to be tough!

Germany: Day 2

It was a long day punctuated by us all calculating home time from the local time … for every activity.

Like this. Said to whomever is closest.

“I’m waiting for Jack to call, it’s about 11am here, so …(counting on fingers) it’s 6am there, so …maybe in a few he will call.”

Or this. 

“Hey, it’s time for lunch now so that makes it 7am at home. They’re just eating breakfast. Ha.” 

Why is this so important? It isn’t, but we all constantly talk like this.

Today was full of standing, walking and sitting at meetings. And deducting 5 hours off of every time check. Like now. It’s 5:17 at home people!!! Omg!!

We had a nice dinner at a hibachi restaurant. I offered to pay and neglected to tip thinking it was already on the bill! Apparently in Germany you have to tell them before you pay if you are interested in tipping, and how much. They will then ring the card with that amount. I just let them take the card without a glance and then tried to read the receipt to see if they included the tip. They didn’t. Ah well. As they say, I probably will never see them again. 😦

Tomorrow will look a lot like today I’m afraid.

Jack did call me when I was at the show (6pm our time and 1pm his time) because they had a half day at school today. He was anxious to hang up again and go eat lunch! 

Jack: I love you and I miss you and I’m going Joe to eat lunch. 

me: Okay. (The phone goes dead so I call back)

Jack: We already said goodbye.

me: We did? I thought I accidentally hung up…

Jack: No, we’re good.

me: Sigh…

Gute Nacht!