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I'm in anticipatory slo-mo-speed-freak mode. It always happens right before a big trip. It's all ohmigodwehavesomuchtodo and not enough time and how are we going to get everything we need to get done done before we leave and at the same time it feels as if t i m e s l o w s d o w n and our departure date will N E V E R A R R I V E. Or maybe it's just me.

My friend, whom I was going to have lunch with on Monday, changed our lunch date successively to Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday (today) and then called me this morning to cancel. She's sick. With an ear infection. Strangely enough, instead of getting upset, it's just making me laugh.

Tomorrow we are dropping the Volvo off for yet another service visit...this time it's apparently the computer that isn't telling the engine when to shift correctly, and causing the car to groan and shudder when braking. Then we will be in Malmö at 10:45 a.m. for a funeral. This will be my 2nd time at a funeral in Sweden, although I expect this one to be a little less emotional since the deceased was the nearly 80-year-old and very sick girlfriend of Anders' uncle. I only met her a couple of time when we first moved here, but was very captivated by her. She has had debilitating arthritis and other physical problems that have conquered her completely over the last few years, leaving her blind and all but a vegetable, so her death must have been a relief in some ways for all concerned. A sad way to go, though. Anders says when she was young she was a beauty and extremely charismatic.

Tomorrow night Emily & Martin are coming over for dinner. Emily has all but promised to bring homemade vegetable sushi with her, so if it doesn't materialize I'm going to be VERY disappointed as I probably won't have much chance to eat sushi while in the States since my mom lives in the boonies.

We have to be at the airport at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, which means, since we're taking the train from Malmö, that we have to get up at approximately 5 a.m. I am SO not looking forward to more than 24 hours of travel. I bought several puzzle/play/coloring books for the kids, plus push-up crayons and a travel game, hopefully those will help. Any other ideas for entertaining 2 children during approximately E L E V E N H O U R S of flight time are much appreciated.

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24 hours of travelling with kids! Fun!
I have been in a car for 17 hours with kids. I bought a huge bag of crappy toys at the thrift shop and wrapped them in little packages - to be given out at intervals. Of course, that gives you more to carry, so probably not practical in this case.

17 hours in a car! Well, at least you could STOP and get out and stretch a bit, and the scenery changed during the confinement. We can't take much, you're right, which is really restrictive, because we want to be able to bring HUGE LOADS OF LOOT back with us later :) I'm going to hand out the new stuff a bit at a time, too, and hopefully the airline will have a kid's packet like they usually do.

I totally understand what you mean. I get the same feeling just before I'm leaving somewhere. You'll have a great trip, though! :)

I'm looking forward to it :) *hugs to you*

Oooh! I'm all excited for you. :) That is a long time to be travelling, especially with children. Books, activity books etc all sound great to me. Maybe a walkman or similar with an audiotape or two would be good too, for when their eyes get tired. There's nothing as great as being read to.

Safe journey and we'll miss you! :) *big hugs*

Oops... that should read audio book!

I suppose feeding them Bendadryl isn't really an option, right? That's a lot of travelling to be sure, I don't know if I could do it. I think the flight to California is too long. I wish for everything to go smoothly and safely for you.

Ha, I wish! :) Or Valium. Or duct tape. :P

I should know this, but I can't remember if you've posted about it...

Where specifically are you headed?

Detroit (actually Port Huron), via Copenhagen and Frankfurt. And I'll have a 5-day trip to Oregon in the middle of it, as well :)

I am working on puzzling my travel together...

Looks like a 3am cab to a 3.35am bus to a 6.10am bus to a 10.40am flight to a 8.50 pm (2.50 pm EST) flight to a 11.22 pm(4.22pm CST) arrival to a hour or so limo ride to my sister, circa 20.5 hours if everything goes well. But, I will be travelling alone!

And a totally different route home! Tampa-Chicago-Stockholm-train home...

Ugh! all the middle of the night stuff sounds horrendous...but you're right, it's at least NOT with children in tow! Have a great trip!

sorry that I have no travel advice other than toys, toys, maybe music? I know I loved my headphones as a kid. And that I SO listened to Martika in a little Walkman when we were flying from Germany back to the U.S. But I know how overwhelming getting ready for a trip can be - just don't stay up all night trying to pack and wash clothes and stuff. But I'm sure you are not a procrastinator like myself!
oh, your little sushi picture completely hit my appetite buttons - I indulged in a Cajun roll AND a Crunchy Shrimp roll for my lunch!!

The walkman is a good idea...I know we have one somewhere. I've started the laundry tonight and will do the rest of it tomorrow, while starting to pack. Finish packing on Saturday, so I feel like things are fairly well under control.

I never had a cajun roll, what's in it? Is the crunchy shrimp roll with shrimp tempura? If so, those are BETTER THAN SEX. :D

I hope you have a fantastic trip!! And a safe flight! Get them to count the number of black socks on the plane :)

black socks?! LOL Your parents pulled that one on you?

I was always the talking book for my kids. At your kids' ages, we read the REAL version of Peter Pan. I like to find classics because they are very long and very detailed. I don't know whether your kids would sit still for that, but mine ate it up with a spoon. Also we played cards on the floors of the airports, whenever we had to wait a long time. Are you driving to Oregon? Grant's Pass? My first lover came from there. His name is Roger Shaw. He'd be my age, like pushing 60. I heard he moved back there and was writing corporate annual reports. He went to Princeton when I knew him. Is it a big city? I always got the impression that it was a small town.

Karin won't sit still unless there are lots of pictures, but she'll listen to music. Martin is no problem, usually. I'll have cards with me and a few books :)

I'm flying to Oregon (via Phoenix *rolls eyes*) It's apparently a VERY small town. I've never been there before, just to Eugene and through Portland.

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