Rev, as in, "rev your engines."
Conk, as in, "conk out in exhaustion."
"Rev to Conk" is a phrase originally coined by Joe to describe the ill-advised technique of getting your children all riled up right before putting them to bed under the theory that they'll be so tired out from bouncing off the walls that they will quickly and easily fall asleep. Any sleep expert will tell you that this does not work, and you should instead employ a calmer, more soothing bedtime routine. Every now and then, though, Joe can't help himself from trying out Rev to Conk again.
The phrase "Rev to Conk" has since been expanded in our household to apply to many other situations. For example, Joe and I have committed to doing a 21 Day Sugar Detox starting on January 2nd. It's going to be hard core (if we stick to it), and I had promised myself that I wasn't going to Rev to Conk leading up to it. But here I am, in the middle of a giant rev: polishing off the last of the Christmas cookies, cleaning the pantry of forbidden goodies by eating them rather than pitching them, and hoping to be hooked up to an I.V. drip of Coca-Cola on New Year's Day. Joe reports that he is behaving much like Cookie Monster at the office, readying himself to fall off a cliff made out of sugar in 2012.
Man, it's gonna be one hell of a conk.
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So, who's with us? Are you revving as we speak? Are you ready to conk? Rev to Conk in 2012, my friends!