Monday, January 15, 2007

Traveling Girl

I spent the weekend doing my first long distance cross country drive. I had never done this before, 10 hours in a car, and I have to say it was really , really fun. Me and Sister #2 went down to Indiana to see Sister #1 and I have learned many valuable lessons. How to find food. How NOT to pick a hotel. ( they were nearly sold out, and gave us the " Jacuzzi Suite" which would have been fun had it not been 3 in the morning and me and my sister ) I have learned what it means when people say " The Wind Was Howling " ( all darn night in Hotel Hell ) And I have learned how far Prius can go on Empty ( LONG way , fortunately )

We went fossil hunting and I now have a fine collection of really weird little things and I got to see my first covered bridge. ( always wanted to see one )

I think everyone ought to go on a cross country drive. It sounds silly, I know, but I feel more confident, and stronger and like I can handle anything life throws at me. It was a healing sort of trip. I feel like I can do anything and go anywhere. Without a plane and someone to pick me up. Nice metaphor that, without someone to pick me up.

AND I made it back home before the first real snowstorm of the season. Barely.

Some nice kids showed up this morning offering to dig out my steps, drive and sidewalk, depriving me of the opportunity to get a nice workout, but since they did not dig out the car, I am off now to do that. Hope your day is as fine.

Love, driving and snow,


At 12:15 PM , Blogger notshakespeare said...

While growing up in central New York State, every summer vacation was the same. Everyone piled into the station wagon and went to the grandparents in central Kansas.

Needless to say, we all grew up being able to use a map in my house.

At 2:02 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Cross country drives can be wonderful, especially if you're not on a tight schedule. My husband and I flew to San Francisco, stayed for a couple of days, then drove up to Seattle back in '98. It was wonderful. :)

Sometime in the next few years, we'll be making a drive from central Texas to the Greater Seattle area, with two young girls. I'm not looking forward to that, but it could still be fun.

Glad you didn't have to do a lot of driving in a snowstorm, Ms. Fabulous.

At 2:12 PM , Blogger BeeZee said...

Cross country, alone, and with the kind of tunes that I can sing along with.
(Instrumentals make me sleepy)

I love it.

At 9:44 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Whereabouts does your sister live? 10 hours from your place to Indiana can put you really near here. I'm in that part of Indianpolis that is soooo far west that if it stuck one toe over the next road, I'd be in Avon.

Crosscountry driving is awe=inspiring. My Route 66 was the best ever!

At 2:37 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Holy family resemblance, LaMies!

I like driving trips. It was a comforting epiphany for me when I got my license and realized that I had nothing to fear from "getting lost", that there would always be an interstate eventually if I just kept going. Getting a GPS nav a little while back has made it even more surreal.

I used to go fossil hunting in Colorado and bordering states every summer. My finds are all packed away in the basement still from our last few moves. I don't think Lori or the kids believe me when we go to the Natural History museum and I point out fossil imprints and say, "I have one of those."

I wish it would snow here.

At 3:54 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

nice pics of you and your sisters - I agree with Dan, quite a family resemblance. I love road trips, been doing them for years, and now that my daughters are driving they are even more fun. My older two went on their first with some of their friends and had a blast. I plan on going to the U.P. this spring, to my famiy's land - about ten hours from here. Its always felt more home to me than just about anywhere else, and its been three years since I've been there. Time to go!

At 11:40 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

oh sweet Lolo, it is such genetic-code thing to make a trek, a journey, we northern souls are meant to do some cross-country pillaging.
wish i could meet your true blood sisters.
see you Very soon,
love, your spirit sister, K.
ps tonight i work the Justin Timberlake show @ staples center, i understand they have 80,000 pounds of lights alone hanging overhead. that translates into 40 tons or as they say in the industry a F%$#load.

At 1:13 PM , Blogger Malena said...

I agree...You all look so much alike! Thank goodness you went on a roadtrip. Yea! It looks like you had a blast.

At 4:06 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Having done the cross-country driving often in the past 10 years, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Glad you got to do a little of it for yourself and that you had a lot of fun doing it! :D

In other completely unrelated news, this pissed me off. Bad fashion choice, maybe, but nothing that looks like that deserves a caption like the one given. Like anyone who would write that is even in the same league as Arquette. Grrrrrrr. Everyone, if you ever start feeling down on yourself because of the way you look, remember that the only reason you really feel that way is because jerks like the ones who write captions like that don't know what the hell they're talking about.

At 4:53 PM , Blogger BeeZee said...

Oh for f*@%!'s sake.


Arquette is lovely and the writer is a pig.

At 5:44 PM , Blogger Malena said...

In real life Patricia is prpbably 5'3" and a size 5. One bad camera angle and BAM! Mean spirited comments. I'd like Joan Rivers to hold up to that kind of abuse... Maybe in the reptilian catagory!
All those "fahion" experts are just overpaid LA bitches with not enough talent to be on the red carpet as an actress themselves.
That's my take on it.

At 4:35 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Wow, that caption is pretty heinous.

At 1:58 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

It is obvious to anyone with a pair of eyes that the dress is the correct size and fit for Ms. Arquette.

I'm not sure that I like the contrast in fabrics between the bodice and skirt of the dress, but that's my personal preference. There are lots of dresses that I wouldn't wear, but that doesn't mean they won't look good on someone else, including someone built the same as me.

Maybe that particular "fashionista" should just be stuck inside with a 3 year old and a 5 year old for, oh, four days now. XP

At 3:03 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Mean, I say, just mean!!!! Arggghhhh. I have lost 24 pounds now on my diet and workout program, and know that I would still be considered " fat", not that I want to act, just be a normal size.

Of course, none of my pants fit anymore and the next size I have is still tight. Sigh. And it is COLD here, too cold for skirts......

At 9:48 AM , Blogger notshakespeare said...

It is never to cold for a kilt!

Why yes, that is me in a Utilikilt on a glacier.

At 12:18 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

All men should wear kilts. All the time. 'Nuff said.

At 3:40 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

A hearty Congrats to lovely Fablo.

hehehe notshakespeare... that is GREAT. lol.... love it.

and all I could think when I saw the pic was "what a neat family smile"... very cool-sounding trip


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