Friday afternoon at 3-to-4 pm, the Wee One and I are scheduled to meet up with Jellybean Mama and the Bean herself for a long weekend of girl fun.
I am so excited I can barely contain myself.
I have alot to do between now and then.
Namely, drive from here to there with a toddler in a car seat.
At first glance I thought the drive-all-night thing would be a good plan. I could give her a bath, read her a book, get her ready for bed, then plunk her in the car and take off into the darkness. I'd wear a Depends adult diaper and drive straight through the night with my kid sleeping peacefully in the backseat.
However, that would mean arriving around 8 am with her waking up from a fresh night of sleep, me being completely zombified and dead, and 8 hours to go before checkin and meetup.
Plan B is ... leave out at 3 am.
Tomorrow night I will have everything packed and in the car, ready to go. I will put the kid to bed as early as possible, hopefully around 7 pm, then go to bed myself. I'll set the alarm for about 2:30a, pack any last minute items into the car and get it running and warm, then scoop her up into her carseat and hit the road.
I'm thinking if she sleeps until 7-ish, that will give me four good hours of driving straight before we stop for breakfast. Probably at McD, if only to play in a (hopefully) playland. The morning will be Dora DVDs, singing along to CD's, opening new toys (that I still have to buy and wrap up and make sure they get into the car), and books. Lunch again at a play area. Nap 12:30-2:30, and then we'll be almost there.
In my head, it won't be a big deal at all. We'll just break it up into segments, and get each one under our belt and move on.
My mom is pretty much over her trepidation about me driving to the beach to meet a complete stranger. My dad? Not so much. He doesn't care about the meet-a-stranger part as much as the drive-twelve-hours-with-a-toddler part. He almost gave me The Curse over dinner Monday night. I told him I thought it would be fine and if it's not, then I'll just deal with it as best I can. He said "I've done it with you when you were little. That's all I'm going to say."
So, readers and tweeps, keep your Twitter on Friday to follow our progress.
And now, for the funniest part of this post. I hit "publish post". Then I clicked the View Post link. To paste into Twitter. Hmmm, that's funny, when did my blog turn blue? Oh, wait, that's not my MommieV blog. That's my Professor Biology Blog. (I'm not linking because that blog is NOT anonymous, it even lists my office phone number and office hours, and I don't need all you people showing up in my lab exam tomorrow.) I am SO VERY glad that I realized that, and took it down, before all my students were visiting Jellybean Mama's blog.
However, it would explain to them why said lab exam might not get graded until Tuesday!