A couple of weeks ago we dashed off to Vermont for a whirlwind three-day trip during which we were driving for 4-6 hours each day. (FUN.) (No, REALLY.) The trip itself was very educational. Wanna know what I learned?
1. You can never have too many plastic bags to catch the vomit of car-sick children.
2. You CAN have too FEW.
3. You can’t bring too many changes of clothes for said car-sick children.
4. You CAN bring too FEW.
5. Even when you don’t let your kids eat breakfast before they get in the car, they still get sick.
6. Seeing your grandparents TOTALLY makes up for throwing up in the car, and it’s like the misery of the previous 6 hours NEVER happened.
7. Grandparents have magical powers.
8. Books on CD rock like NOTHING else in this world when you’re trapped in a car for 16 hours over three days. And your kids get car sick. (Did I mention the car sickness?)
9. J.K. Rowling is better than ANY nanny.
I will never do it again.
Actually I will. I’m taking the kids back to Vermont in a couple of weeks—where I’ll be doing my first reading/book signing!—and I’ve already bought Sea Bands in hopes that they’ll quell the kid nausea and we’ll ALL have a much more pleasant trip. (Cross your fingers for us, please. We need all the luck we can get.)
If you’re in the area, please come to the reading! (Don’t leave me there by myself! My biggest fear at the moment—you know, besides 12 more hours of children getting car sick—is that no one will show. O_O) It’s at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, VT, on July 6 at 3 pm.
One last thing. I put up a new vlog over at Parenthetically that you should TOTALLY check out. Oh, look! Here it is:
(There are more great vlogs by my Parenthetical cohorts on YouTube. Go see!)
Have a great day, everyone!