Aaaaand we’re off

16 July, 2010
Rat Fink

I’ve created a new category for the Odyssey, so I can refer to it when I get all nostalgic in the months to come.

Endless planning, talking, phone calls, emails, saving and dreaming come to fruition today. I remember the day the plan was hatched. It’s been nonstop scheming ever since. We think it’s only fitting that since we dreamed this whole thing up on the way home from Greektown, we should begin the actual Odyssey with a trip to Greektown. Yay. (That, and they gave the Thriller a free night in the hotel, free food, and free money.) It also shaves off an hour on the drive to Joliet tomorrow, so thumbs up on all of it.

I’ve thought about how best to update folks. Not everyone is on Facebook, so I will post at RtB every day (mais oui!). But since I will be uploading lots of pictures and some videos, I’ll do most of that on Facebook and YouTube, to save space on the domain. Regardless, updates will be plentiful, in case you’re interested. :-)

The best part of getting ready these past few days has been the family visits. Yesterday, I spent some fantastic time with Mavis, and my baby boy Lars came over for dinner last night. We’ve seen Helen and Simone a couple of times (although too briefly), and I will spend two lovely hours with Justin and Jake, my angels, this morning before we leave. Only people I’ve missed seeing are Seamus and Hannah, but we’ll make up for that on our return.

Another sign of excitement: the Thriller was up and at ’em at 6:30 this morning, and for those of you who know him, that’s a rarity indeed. He is a night owl and a late sleeper.

So, what’s left? Camera, phones, chargers, computer, Nook, Flip video, GPS — check. Suitcases — check. Rousseau safely at BFF Kay and Bob’s house — check. Regular overnight house visits scheduled with Mavis and Simone — check. Lars scheduled to stop by and take the trash barrel out to the curb on Tuesday night — check.

Best family and fiends in the world — double check.

As my Dutch pal Suzanne would say: Tot ziens!

Bon voy-AH-gee,


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16 July, 2010 7:43 am

I thought this day would NEVER come! Seems time was running backwards the past couple of weeks. I’m excited about the vacation for its own sake, but I’m equally excited at the prospect of reconnecting with family (for both the Finkster and myself), and for visiting friends. Best of all….I’m not doing ANY stinking homework! HA Later taters.


16 July, 2010 8:31 am

The entire family is excited for both of you! We’ll all be eagerly checking the blog and FB for pictures and video. I don’t know of two people more deserving of this trip, my loves. Be safe, give big hugs to family and friends long not seen, and most of all – have fun!! I’ll miss you both! (oh, and don’t come back without my Wigwam mug!!!)

Love you both!



16 July, 2010 9:03 am

Awesome. I anticipate every moment of your grand adventure.


16 July, 2010 1:44 pm



Mary Sims
Mary Sims
17 July, 2010 6:17 am

I am so excited for you about this trip. I understand the excitement and now that I know where this blog is, I will be checking it often. It sounds AMAZING. Travel safely and have a wonderful WONDERFUL time.