Shannon Dittemore



Road trip!

Tomorrow, the family and I head out. We’re mounting an expedition to the great Northwest for a little Independence Day frolicking–otherwise known as a graduation party and coffee shop hopping.

I’m going to attempt to edit while the hubby drives, and I need some tips. How do I keep two raucous kids and a talk-radio addicted hubby quiet so I can think? Is it even possible? Or is this an exercise in futility?

I’m wide open here, peeps. Give it to me. Your grandest, most fabulicious road warrior advice.



  • Comment by Truly Bookish — June 30, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    I know we are supposed to talk with our kids and not let them tune out with media so I only recommend this for long trips. For our four-year-old, we use a portable DVD player and kid videos that we borrow from the library and that entertains him. He also likes to play kid games from PBS or Nick JR on my husband’s android phone. Our 20-month-old does not really watch the DVDs but he has a weird habit of rubbing my fingers while he sucks his thumb so that entertains him until he falls asleep, but that’s uniquely him….
    Truly Bookish

  • Comment by Shan — June 30, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    Phew! Truly Bookish you read my mind! I’ve been considering the portable DVD player thing. And yes, you’re right. We should talk to them, but goodness! 10 hours is an awful lot of talking!

  • Comment by Elizabeth M Thompson — June 30, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

    How about audiobooks for your man and the kids. He can interact with them and their story(ies) and you can invest in some great noise-cancelling headphones for you. You plug them into your laptop with your background music loaded and you’re good to go.

    The Sacramento Library has some great titles available and you can borrow them electronically or in CD form.

    Have a fun, safe and productive trip!

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