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All’s well that ends well on a Wednesday



We’ve had a few things going on this week with Moca being sick, and Jack and I having some power struggles, but everything seems to be working out better this morning. At least I feel better. 

Moca is still a little off, with some tummy troubles, but this seems to be her thing. All puppies have a thing, and this puppy has a sensitive tummy. So we’re doing boiled rice and chicken for a day or two to see if she can even out a little bit. Poor thing. She is really super sweet and friendly and happy and playful, so I’m hoping it’s nothing too serious. 

Last night Jack and I were talking in his room.

me: All’s well that ends well… You know that saying right?

Jack: Nope.

me: Nope you don’t know what it means, or nope all is not well that ends well?

Jack: just nope.

me: Ok funny guy, i’m just saying that even if things are bad as long as they end up well then we can say all is well that ends well.

Jack: Fam nope!

me: OK wise guy. Fam what? What’s that?

Jack: Fam is family.

me: Nope!

Jack: Grrrrr….

I’m going to have to start turning his stuff back around on him, it’s way more entertaining for me anyways ha ha. So we will see how today goes and hopefully puppy and boy will still be feeling good when I get home from work 🙂


My Camo Household

I took this photo of Moca tonight… (can you see her?) haha…


and it reminded me of a photo I took of Jack about 6 years ago! He was “hiding” from me. 

Jack: Moca is the ultimate turkey. 

me: Yes she is.

That’s what we call Moca when she stretches out like that, a big turkey haha.

I’m surprised I had enough brain cells to remember that post and photo from so long ago. 🙂

Goodnight and I hope you can find your sons and puppies!


London: Days 5-7 :)


(Flowers outside our hotel…)

Ok I’m a little behind. We’ve been so busy that I’ve dropped into a coma of a sleep each night with a blog post half started. Sorrreeeee!

Jack: I’m not tired.

me: That’s because you’re wired. You had sugar and that weird M&M Milkshake.

Jack: Tummy hurts. That didn’t taste real.

me: Because it’s not. Bleh! Try counting sheep. Have them jump over the fence and ….

Jack: And what?

me: Huh? (I think I was asleep lol)

The last few days have been amazing. We’ve done a lot of touristy things and some off the trodden path things. Do I sound British yet mate?

me: Gettin a bit peckish!

Jack: You’re always hungry.

me: Manners mate! Sigh.

I already covered Wednesday so let’s see… Thursday we did our morning run around the London Eye square, then did a hop on hop off bus tour over to sort of near Piccadilly Circus. Crowded there but it was nice out so we didn’t mind more walking. We shopped, bought Jack a biking sized back pack,  I lost my credit card, then found my credit card (oy) and then we went to the play “The Play That Goes Wrong”. Jack was howling laughing it was so funny 🙂
But before the play we ate at St. James pub. Fish and Chips again for me. Yum! 

We walked back to the hotel after the play as it was so nice out again!

Friday was our Stonehenge tour day. Long ride out to the countryside by bus and then a walk around the stones and then the bus ride back. I kind of expected it to be like that however it’s still worth the trip. Amazing things to see with your own eyes, those bloody big stones!


(Requisite tea)


(Rapeseed fields on the way to Stonehenge)

Jack: Kind of just a long ride and a short visit. 

me: Yep, but we saw the stones.

Jack: I’m gonna run around them.

me: Of course you are.

Jack: Time me! Bet I can do it in under 2 minutes!

me: Go!

(4:08 later)

Jack: Pant, wheeze, Everyone got in my way!

me: 4 minutes good time!

Jack: There, that’s my exercise for the day. Let’s get the shuttle back.

Haha.

This morning we walked to get a “proper” English breakfast, which happened to be at an Italian restaurant haha, but it was yummy. 

Prior to that we returned a book to Waterstones book store. Jack read it in one day. So we returned it and got the next one. 

Back to the breakfast…

They brought us the largest plates of food with eggs, ham, sausage, potato, mushrooms, toast, beans, and tomato. Omg. Tea with milk of course for me! My new fave. Jack had a cute little bottle of Italian Orange juice.



Then we made an impromptu stop into the FREE National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. I love the word free in this city.


 Jack opted to sit near a window and continue reading book 11 of the Cherub series. I saw mouth-watering paintings by Turner, Seurat, Cezanne, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Rubens, Monet and Stubbs jut to name a few… I feel smarter and more cultured. Ahhhhh. When I was done, I dragged him back to look at Van Gogh.

me: The sunflowers from the Doctor Who episode, remember?

Jack: Oh yeah, (glances at the painting) cool, can we go? (Speed walks out of the room)


See if you can name the artists in order! In the comments please!

Do it now.


Wasn’t that easy??

Ok…We are back at the hotel reading (Jack) and blogging (me), to chill for a bit. We have plans to visit Platform 9 3/4 soon. Harry Potter fans have been knocking themselves out trying to run right at that wall haha. Let’s see how we do.

me: Jack, we forgot the changing of the guards!

Jack: What? (Always with the headphones on)

me: We forgot the changing of the guards! At 10:30!

Jack: Oh whatever.

That’s about where we are mentally. All Londoned out I guess. Leaving bright and early tomorrow (9:40 am flight = 4:40am US time!). Just left the blog for a wee bit and confirmed the shuttle arriving at bloody 5:40 am which is 1:40 am at home! Also checked in to the airlines, changed our seats and got our boarding passes. Then I started packing and realized I hadn’t finished the blog. I think Jack has been in the bathroom this entire time!


London: Days 2 & 3

Omg such nice weather here! We’ve walked miles and miles around London and along the Thames. Today we hit 10 miles, yesterday 12… nice!

We seem to have done it all but still have a Muggle Harry Potter Tour, Stonehenge, a play, the double decker tourbus, Windsor Castle, etc. so much left to do!

me: We didn’t get our run in this morning… 

Jack: I got enough exercise. We walked all day!

me: But a run gets your heart rate up and…

(He takes off running)

me: Heyyyy! Let’s keep going!

Jack: Uh no. I’m only running across the street so I don’t get hit by the crazy bus drivers!

(We literally almost got run over by a bus coming from an unexpected direction.)

It was super easy to get around, all the London Pass attractions worked out well, the sightseeing boat was fun, and we generally just ate and drank as we went. No worries as everyone was really accommodating about Jack’s nut allergy. He seems to be less worried now. 

It’s a great city to walk in, especially in this amazing weather!

Time for bed. We have to get up early!



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 5


Still in Koln! Still at IDS! 

Well right now I’m in bed. 🙂

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 😉

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. 🙂