November 27, 2011

Holiday Countdown

The countdown has begun.  

Just imagine it: 2 adults, 1 preschooler, 1 infant and 2 dogs journeying almost 4000 miles round trip in the span of 10 days.  As much as I love road trips -- and I used to really love this one pre-kids -- it's so much more involved now.

This is where I wish we had a bigger vehicle (a full size SUV with a 3rd row seat would be nice, instead of a double cab pickup or my ancient 4Runner that we don't trust to make the drive).  Or a bigger bank account to afford the $800+ per person airfare.  Or even a spouse with unlimited vacation time so we could set a more leisurely pace.

C seems to think we'll be able to drive straight through.  My thoughts?  Bwahahahahaha!  Straight through is doubtful.  I'm pushing for 2 days, with a hotel stay somewhere around Omaha to give the kids time out of the truck.  They might not sleep well but it will be better sleep than in carseats.  Maybe.  

As always, we'll do everything on the fly.  I'll be equipped with a list of pet-friendly hotels in major cities from Kearney, Nebraska to Davenport, Iowa.

Twice now we've been stuck somewhere in Wyoming on the drive back West due to inclement weather.  At this/that time of year it's always a gamble.

I'll be praying for sanity, clear roads and docile kids.  The chances of all three are slim but one can hope, right?

November 15, 2011

Not That Old, Yet

Twice today I've gotten emails regarding AARP memberships.  Twice.  Granted I feel (as in my body physically feels) like I should be hitting retirement age but my feet are firmly planted in my 30's.  Early 30's for another little bit.

Gotta love junk mail.

November 6, 2011

New Wheels

After talking about it for years, it finally happened.

My own road bike.  I'm already dreaming of the time it will allow me out of the house, away from everything but myself (and whomever I can convince to ride with me) -- giving me time to clear my head.  

Now I'm crossing my fingers we have a short winter and a nice, mild spring!  These wheels needs to hit the pavement ASAP.