I asked Drew what we should do this afternoon. Choices were plentiful and all loads of fun. I suggested the pool, Jump Street (the trampoline place), a scavenger hunt, art projects, play outside, bike ride, hide and seek, see Ice Age, etc., and he interrupted me to say, “I want to go to Target.”
My kids are not normal. Yes, I know the apples don’t fall far from the tree. But I think they bounced around a bit and got a little mushy inside.
The kids asked about play dates with their friends but I told them I wanted to hang with them. I was gone for five nights in Vegas and now I’m leaving next week for five days in Dublin. They didn’t seem impressed until I told them Dublin is where they make Lucky Charms. Sorry General Mills and Minneapolis, but the imagination is sometimes more important than the facts. Now the boys care. A tiny bit. Although Drew asked about Target again. See Minneapolis? You still get some props!!
This trip is a nice perk of the job. Working in advertising is fun as it is and when vendors serve up a reward like this, I’m grateful that I run an ethical, fair and cool company. Some clients get invited on free trips because they spend millions of dollars We do that in some mediums, but this vendor invited me because we don’t ask for stuff and are fun.
So I scored a free trip to Dublin for two. Who do I bring? I ended up asking my buddy Jeff because he is Dublin handsome and will be a good wingman. I hear the redheaded lassies in Ireland can be quite a handful. Funny since the gals around here found out about the trip how many reminded me how much fun they would have been. Geez, so it takes a free international vacation to get laid?
When I was giving info to the travel planner and said I’d be with Jeff, she asked if I wanted a smoking or non-smoking room. I of course chose non. Then she asked if I wanted one king bed or two queens. I laughed and said, “C’mon! I’m bringing a guy named Jeff to a country that outlawed homosexuality as recently as the 90’s.” She laughed and said she of course didn’t know how I roll. I said I only roll with the ladies and Jeff is married so lets do two queens (we can always push the beds together – haha, kidding!).
I hear the weather will be 50s-60s and wet. Who cares! This is gonna be awesome. I searched for some bloggers in Dublin and reached out to them for recommendations. I already got a few great responses and plan on repaying them with pints of Guinness if they are up for meeting us at a local pub. This research led to finding a band called Rubberbandits and their song Horse Outside. YouTube it. Now I keep singing it and have had to bleep myself in front of my kids. I hate bleeping myself in front of my kids!!
Somehow in my quest to play with the kids and avoid going to Target, the boys have been watching a cartoon and I was writing this. Time to end both of these activities and um, go to Target. I need a rain jacket for Dublin!!