Labor Day is over. The boys are back in school. My workload at my Day Job is heavier. I was telling my older son that one thing I miss about going to school is that each grade actually has an ending. There is some finality. At work, it just keeps going. So the key way we grown-ups create breaks is to plan and take vacations.
Jenn and I are going to Paris in a month with another couple. No kids! They'll be staying with their aunt and uncle who live close by. I'm really looking forward to it, but there are some things I need to do before I go.
1. Learn French. Okay, not really. There's not enough time for real French. But I will work on learning some key phrases, like "How are you?" and "Can you help me find the subway?" and "I am a vegetarian with celiac and need food sans gluten." That last one is a biggie! Fortunately I have the multilingual cards explaining celiac already.
2. Lose 10 pounds. Okay, maybe 7. I don't want to be in a bunch of vacation pictures wishing I fit my clothes better.
3. Get a trendy European-looking hair cut. I don't even know what that means, but I want it. Ditto for wardrobe enhancements. I don't want to look too much like a big dork tourist, but rather a savvy traveler.
4. Do my Where To Eat research, and try to not be too much of a pain (ha! Pain=bread in French, right?) to my traveling companions. Helmut Newcake gf bakery, here I come!
5. Provide an excellent webinar about going gluten-free. It'll happen only a couple of days before I leave, and I'll want to be sure to let people know about it beforehand and then get the recording up right away afterward. Sign up here!
For all you gluten-free world travelers out there, what's your advice?