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Yes,You Are The Boss of Me or How To Post on A Blog Without Really Saying Anything

Last year when my daughter brought home forms to join the school's travel club, I thought it was a brilliant idea. I never had an opportunity to go abroad with my own high school's travel club and I still remember seething with jealousy when Boo phoned me from Britain when he was on his school's trip abroad.

Last year, when it was time to sign my daughter's permission forms for the school trip, I thought it was a bright idea to volunteer as a trip chaperone.

Clearly last year I spent much of my time filling my head with rocks.

It's two days before our departure and I'm now wondering what the heck I've gotten myself into.

Things don't go exactly as planned, as I've since learned. What started off as volunteering to be a parent chaperone for a group of high school students has morphed into something entirely different. Because there is no group of high school students attending. There is no group at all.

There are two students going on this trip. And both of them are related to me. My daughter and my 14 year old niece. These girls couldn't get any more different if they fell from different family trees and they get along about as well as two 14 year old girls do. Picture stuffing two cats in a burlap sac and you'll understand their dynamic.

It's going to be AWESOME.

I fully anticipate pulling my hair out several times during the trip. I may come back bald.

To round out our merry group of bandits, we have a school advisor attending with his wife, the school secretary and my brother-in-law.

Five adults to two teens. My girls haven't stopped moaning about this since they learned of this fate.

I haven't stopped laughing.

We leave on Wednesday afternoon and I plan on blogging the entire trip. Unless you tell me not to. Or my brother-in-law confiscates my iPad and my iPhone. Which, is entirely possible, because I'm not sure how thrilled he's going to be when he learns he's going to star prominently in the next two weeks of my blog life.

I'm totally going to make him famous. Like it or not.

My future is in your hands. I'm letting you decide what you would like me to do: Live blog the trip, relax and let the blog fester in my absence or slap up old posts from the past. There's your choices. Let me know your preference. I aim to please.

In the meantime, I have some snow to melt on my stove. I'm on day 8 of no running water and I have a hot date with a wash cloth and a bucket. Sponge baths for the win!

Some people go to Europe to vacation and sight see. I'm only going to use their indoor plumbing.


Unrelated, I joined the cast of Momversation and last week I taped my first episode where we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of shielding our children from natural disasters and tragedies in general. I have strong opinions on the subject and I'd love it if you'd hop on over and watch the segment and let me know if you disagree with me or not.

Also, I'm totally wearing my lucky gopher foot earring in the video. Because I like to bring the klassee with me where ever I go.


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Reader Comments (118)

There is no choice! Live blog please...

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

I say....do a mix? I'd hate for you to blog the entire time you're gone on such a great trip. Maybe pull some archives for some days, then when something inspires you post then.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole@MTDLBlog

First, it's kind of amusing to me that you have no running water but the internet is just fine :)

Secondly, totally blog the trip. I'm sure I won't be alone in thinking this :)

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLara

Live blog the trip!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWade Smith

Live blog that shit!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

The selfless part of me would say to go and enjoy your trip, and relax. But I'm a selfish person, so I say live blog it!! =)

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAurelie

I love your blog! It is funny and honest! A blog post or two from abroad would be fun to read. Enjoy the indoor plumbing! You deserve it!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelley

Live blog for sure!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Live blog! Or rather, blog when you feel like it but still try to enjoy your trip!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

tough call! A proper vacation may just be what you need! I'd say: if it's going to cost you a bundle to access the phone/ipad - use that as an excuse to take a blogcation. But you know we'd love to read your tweets & blogs along the way!!! Those POOR KIDS! Not exactly what they imagined! You'll all have a blast, I'm sure! Good Luck!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermumby

Live blog every grimy detail!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunny

Of course do a live blog but only Blog to make your Brother-in-law a star... mostly anything embarrassing that he may do. That is what I would do... and that is why I'm the favorite sister ;)

Really though... blog but relax.. or blog to vent! Either way we will enjoy it.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeila

Blog the trip!!! So as not to cut into valuable vacation time you can blog while the teenage girls are beatifying themselves :-)

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Juust stubbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and LOVE it! Would love to hear all about your trip.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTimmery

Live blog if you find the time!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

Live blog ALL THE WAY!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeeWrexx

I'm a "Live Blog" vote. I can read (and do) the old posts anytime. Have a good trip.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

BLOG BLOG BLOG!!!!!, ** Why would we settle for re-runs when we can go for the foreign edition?? Oh,and we want pictures too cause we are greedy.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelissa Appleton

Live blog it! I've lived in Europe (Germany) and would love to see it through your hilarious point of view. Enjoy!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy S.

I'd like to see you actually ENJOY the experience and not worry about blogging. Having said that, a quick check-in at the end of the day would be cool, so we know what you're doing and seeing.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Nosh

Live blogging please!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca_Masters

I've been waiting 4EVR for you to blog while on your trip. If you let me down, I may actually have to use my work computer for work. Repeat after me, LIVE BLOG, LIVE BLOG . . .

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdenny144

I'd love to hear about your trip... so long as blogging doesn't interfere with your enjoyment of said trip!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsie

Blog it! (Please?) =)

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I would love it if you live-blogged your trip! That being said, I also don't want it to stop you from enjoying your trip. I would say "and relaxing", but let's face it: on a trip like this, you don't relax. So I would say, don't stress out about the blogging but know that we would love to hear about it!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Blog it please!!! Have fun!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda

Please blog. However, I just found you so I wouldn't mind reading your older stuff. I know, I'm a big help. Safe travels.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Blog on your trip please!!!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Definately live blog! If you wait till you get back it will all be old news by and you may have forgotten some of the gritty details we all love to hear about. And an perk of live blogging, it will help you get rid of any stress by sharing with us. I'm not saying there will be stress travelling with 2 teenage girls but just know we're here for you... ya know, just in case.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Rhodes

Absolutely blog it!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanna

Oh! Definitely live blog it, and make your BIL so famous!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

As much as I wish you to relax and enjoy it I am going to be my selfish self and request you do BLOG during your trip! Would love to hear how you see Europe and what adventures you all get in to!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Oh yes, live blog please. Monkey is going to DC this summer and I won't be going with her. I need this!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzeghsy

Blog on your trip, and make sure to relax :)

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I agree with everyone else Tanis...live blog!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShininggoober

Is this brother-in-law Boo's brother or your sister's husband? Just curious...

And I vote for blog please, but only if it's fun and not stressful for you. Thanks!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCris

Live blog...please please please!!
Safe travels...
Sunnie in NC

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunnie in NC

Blog when your bored, but don't forget to enjoy it too.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSARAH

At very least, you need to upload a picture every day. That would be really cool, actually, just one picture a day on the blog of you and her, wherever you end up.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMr Lady

Live blogging, please. Oh, and as you're from "over there," you will probably be disappointed with our plumbing. Most seem to be!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

Live blogging please! Can't get enough :).

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLex Lemon

"Some people go to Europe to travel and sight see. I go to use their indoor plumbing."

Made me chuckle out loud. Love it!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan in the Boonies

Blog while you travel, it is a good way to keep a record of your trip fresh and exciting.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Live blog, please. I can commiserate on the plumbing - Our pipes froze FOUR TIMES in four different places the week my partner left for work in Alberta. Meanwhile, do yourself a favour and google "Turkish toilet" before you go. Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura B.

You absolutely have to blog while traveling!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVickster

Blog while you travel n_n
How fun!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLilly

Take 'er live baby!!!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

Live blog please!! I have never been outside the USA so can't wait to here all your adventures.

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

You'll most definitely enjoy the indoor plumbing, but beware of the toilet paper....go easy and gently!

March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

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