On Thursday of this week, I leave for Expo West. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this. For years advertisers have asked me, “Are you going to Expo West?” and I was never able to say “Yes, see you there!” I have a lot to say about Expo, but this first blog has nothing to do with the show and everything to do with getting there.
If my husband were going to Expo West, he would pack a bag and go. All of the family meals and scheduling would fall to me to handle while he’s away. But it’s me going to Expo West, so I not only pack a bag and go….I have to make sure there is food in the house. Huh? For some reason, this request was lumped in to my pre-trip planning.
The next responsibility piled on was kid coverage. I have to figure out what the kids are doing after school on those days. I guess that is fair. But now, I also have to lay out the weekend schedule and as Murphy’s Law would have it, there is so much going on it is ridiculous. The following weekend in March is about as quiet as it could be but next weekend is crazy. I have to figure out rides to swim finals, lacrosse tryouts and birthday parties. Um, I’m not sure why picking up the phone to coordinate rides or go to the grocery store is so exceedingly difficult…but perhaps I’m the bigger fool by going along with these requests.
Now, Mother Nature delivers me a cruel blow. Today was going to be an intensive day at my desk preparing my files to bring with me to California and set up my travel file with all the information I need. We are in the middle of a crazy March snowstorm and I’ve got all four kids home from school to keep me company. Actually, they are all outside already. The snow is fabulous and more is falling. I’ll only see them for hot chocolate breaks.
I just want to give a shout out to all the mommies going out to Expo West! Hopefully your pantry is stocked and the kids are covered. I will, of course, walk in the door and heap tons of praise on my husband when I get back that he was able to handle what I do everyday. It will all be worth it, and I can’t wait to meet everyone in Anaheim!