We landed in Germany at around 3 am our time, 8 am local time. Koln (Cologne) is a very pretty city with lots to see and do! We visited the Dom Cathedral…
I had been waiting for Jack to call for about 20 minutes. Where was that boy? He had instructions to get off the bus, feed Bella, change her water, scoop her litter and then call me. I was getting wonky after only 4 hours of sleep on the plane last night, if that.
Finally he called.
me: Hi Jack! Want to FaceTime?
Too late I had already dialed in.
me: Hey there you are! How was Bella?
Jack: Good. She’s eating. I changed her water and scooped her litter.
me: Awesome, thanks! Why didn’t you call me when you were home? (I noticed he was back at his friend’s house)
Jack: I didn’t want to. Bella was eating.
me: That’s ok. You’re walking in circles over there eh? What are you doing? Any homework?
Jack: Nope! Gotta go use the bathroom.
me: Oh ok. Um…Talk to you later. Love you.
Jack: Bye, love you too.
And that was it! Guess he’s not missing me yet! I’m now officially deliriously tired. 🙂 tomorrow we officially start working at a big international tradeshow. Should be interesting!
Here are a few more pics! Enjoy!
Is that a word?
me: I’m glad you like it. I had fun setting it up for you.
Jack and I are in his room right now getting ready for bed. Bella is hanging with us. Moca is in her crate snoozing already. She actually dragged her tired butt in there around 8:45 haha.
me: Can you hand me the Chap Stick and a tissue? (Still at the tail end end end of a nasty 3-week cold)
Jack: (hands me the stuff) This room is so functional!
me: All we need is a mini fridge and a snack bar.
We always Joke that his new room is like a small apartment. Bathroom, TV, etc.
Jack: We could put the mini fridge next to you and it could double as a night stand.
Jack: (going to pee) Awwwwww! That is rancid! Still smells like asparagus!!!
me: (bleh) Jack flush the toilet.
Jack: (coming back into the room without flushing) Nope, you told me not too.
me: That’s only for middle of the night so you don’t set Moca off thinking it’s morning.
Jack: (flops on the bed with his book) Ahhhhhhh! So functional. And I love this book light with the two lights. It’s like double the lightingness.
7. Relaxation Methods for kids http://www.innerhealthstudio.com/relaxation-for-children.html
Jack: I’m already relaxed, and that doesn’t work anyway!
6. Positive Affirmations http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2015/powerfully-positive-affirmations-for-kids/
Jack: I am awesome! No need to affirm.
5. Five essential commands you can teach your dog. https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/obedience/5-essential-commands-you-can-teach-your-dog
Jack: Mom, you’re not doing it right. Show her the treat!!!!
4. School lunch Calendar. https://www.trumbullps.org/Attachments/food/menu/mid.pdf
me: Jack, I don’t have time to pack you a lunch, so you’ll have to eat school lunch today.
Jack: That food is for scrubs. I guess I’ll go hungry!
me: I think it’s taco day.
Jack: Oh never mind, their tacos are awesome!
3. Webster Arena Parking. http://www.websterbankarena.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205157093
Jack: I don’t even like twenty one pilots, that is the worst present ever!
me: Well, I didn’t know that. And if I can’t sell the tickets, we are going.
Jack: Mom, I changed my mind, I really really really want to go!
2. Invisible fence company. http://www.freedomfence-ny.com/
Jack: That’s awesome! I can’t wait until I can just let Moca outside, and not have to walk her.
me: You still have to walk her.
1. Which Oyster Ticket to purchase in London. http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweekemail
Jack and I are going to London in April. Just me and him. No dog. No cat. Just a real vacation. I may even delete my work email for that week. Ha!
Jack: OMG I can’t believe we’re really going to London!
me: We can visit all the Doctor Who spots and go on the London Eye!
Jack: Where are we staying?
me: In a hotel.
Jack: Very funny.
Jack has been reading my old blog posts and really enjoying them! He’s reading the ones from 2010 and 2011, which happened to be the only ones that I actually had printed as books. The rest are all digital unfortunately. Each year that goes by makes it a more costly expense. But I think it is something I should do for myself and have the suckers printed!
Me: Jack is it OK that I keep writing about you?
Jack: I guess so, it’s kind of embarrassing.
Just as I suspected, I knew there would come a day when me writing about his every thought and saying might be a bit too much for him to see in print, and know that it’s out there for anyone to read. Sigh
However, he is cracking up reading these and we love to read our favorite ones out loud to each other and have a good laugh. He really did say some shit didn’t he?
Me: so when do you think I should stop writing, maybe when you’re a teenager? So like, when you’re 13?
Jack: yeah, when I’m a teenager is good, but maybe stop when I’m 18!
That is not the response I expected ha ha but we’ll see how it goes into next year and how he feels about that. Right now he’s reading the post from when he was younger, and not necessarily the posts from the last year or so. Maybe that will make a difference. I’m still glad that I did it, because it is a journal of sorts and it has a lot of detail about his personality and our relationship. So it’s very special. But I know there will come a point when hearing his own shit written down and read back to him is not going to be his most favorite thing ha ha.
I’ll respect his wishes at that point, because really the blog is all about him.
Our actual conversation on the way to school. I really can’t make this sh*t up.
me: What does that mean?
Jack: Like how my own sneeze smells.
me: Does it smell like melted butter?
Jack: No, that doesn’t even make sense.
me: Jack, I don’t want you walking around getting ready for bed with your iPod stuck to your face. Put it down and use it when you’re done.
Jack: But I’m just watching videos!
me: Take a little break and use it later or tomorrow please.
Jack: But why?
me: Because if you have that glued to your face all day you’re not giving yourself a chance to be creative and use your own imagination. It’s doing all the thinking for you and you’re not creating anything with your own brain.
Jack: But I get all my creative ideas from the videos I watch.
me: I … Uh… Sigh.
Sometimes I just run out of arguments.
I was in the kitchen the other day cutting one of those obscenely large whole pickles down to manageable slices when Jack walked in. He has recently started to dislike pickles. Every time I offer one to him he says NO.
Jack: Oh can an I have one?
me: (???) I thought you hated pickles?
Jack: No I love them!
me: Come on. You never want them any more and you told me not to pack them in your lunch.
Jack: Yeah not when they’re whole and shaped like that. That’s just awkward!
Mystery solved. You could get beat up in 7th grade for having a lunch item shaped like that.