Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Way the hell up north

We're off tonight--after an early dinner / bath / bottle routine for Munchkin--headed north on the highway for my parents' house. We'll arrive just before the late news, well after my mom's and dad's usual bedtime, but they will be up, waiting, and the lights will all be on. We will be staying longer than 17 hours, partly because it will take at least that long for Munchkin to discover all the surprises Gram and Gramps have laid out for her: new Christmas tree! ducks with decorations on them! outdoor lights! new pyjamas! party dress! library books!

For my part, I will be sure to check the state of the ceiling fans.

It's our first real break in a while: I'm handing back all my student papers and assorted grades in about an hour, and then it's blessedly blank time until the grad papers and the final exams all come in together next Friday. Pynchon will gladly let my mom push he and I out the door for time by ourselves, will gladly accept the cookies and beer and fancy-cable-TV they will press on him.

We're going to go up north and just be, just play, just drink tea, just hang out in our jammies, enjoying the grandparents enjoying our daughter.

But first we have to get the car packed get the tank filled get the class taught get dinner made set the thermostat down strategically turn lights on heat up the car snuggle Munchkin into a stupor get the driver some caffeine remember to refill the diaper bag head out into the dark night of late rush hour and possible winter weather.

After that? Then we'll relax. See you when we get back on Sunday.

24 comments:

Omaha Mama said...

I hope your drive is wonderfully uneventful and ice-less. It sounds fantastic, this break. And well deserved!

Beck said...

Oh, DRIVE CAREFULLY. It is storming constantly up here...
(and if you want to take a detour and come visit us, hey. You're more than welcome. But it IS a big detour.)

kittenpie said...

Sounds wonderful. Myself, I am living for December, when I have all kinds of time off to do things, and will even get to work in a few special trips with Pumpkinpie.

Alpha DogMa said...

If you really really want to detour: come see me!

Have a good drive. DON'T FORGET THE IPOD!

moosh in indy. said...

Yeah, sounds painfully relaxing.
This coming from the girl stuck in the sticks for another month and a half.

Jenifer said...

Is there another detour for me? Drive safe and enjoy the rest and pampering.

~ Ms. Cute Pants ~ said...

Just stumbled upon your blog. It makes for a very interesting read. Keep up the stories & the writing.

Oh, The Joys said...

What's with the ceiling fans?

It's just me... said...

Be safe! We love travel with the fam....especially when caffeine is involved!

Oh, and please tell me that your kid also has an obsession with ceiling fans...or is it you?

Affuan said...

huh hehe

KimPossible said...

Have a wonderful time and be safe. I hope your time with your parents and family is wonderful. I can't wait to hear about Munchkin's reaction to Gram and Gramps surprises.

I can't wait to hear your blog when you return. Sitting around in warm, comfortable, cute pajamas is way kewl!

Keep in touch and come by and visit sometimes.

KimPossible

Kyla said...

Have a great time.

the new girl said...

I am so coveting the jammies and the tea and the enjoying the grandparents enjoying your girl.

Relax and soak it up.

And take some pictures.

Mimi said...

The bit about the ceiling fans is a bit of a joke: we cleaned the ceiling fans when my parents came to visit, and they didn't even stay for one meal! But Munchkin is, in fact, obsessed with ceiling fans. Aren't all kids?

I'm at a public library terminal.

Roads were CRAPTASTIC for about half the trip. So no detours this time around, alas ;-)

BOSSY said...

Have a great time. But Bossy is with Oh The Joys - what ceiling fans?

slouching mom said...

Hope you're having a fantastic time.

Lisa said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip. Please be safe! :-)

Lawyer Mama said...

Ooh! Have fun!

Denguy said...

So-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o jealous of the grandparents house visit thing. I want that, too. Give me some.

motherbumper said...

Oh we are doing the same thing this week - and did someone say beer and cookies because I'M IN!

crazymumma said...

We need to talk about where you hang in the town we both know.

There are parts of it I just love. Some not so much. Gotta get some geographical fixes on you gal! So when I go up I will be in teh know...

have a great time and careful driving.

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NotSoSage said...

Heheh. I am soooo glad that I don't have to go ANYWHERE this Christmas. I hope it was a great trip (despite the craptastic weather).

Beck said...

If you're driving through the little city on your way back, you'll drive right by our old apartment where you first had The Girl! It's near the Pro Cathedral...