πŸš™ road tripping πŸš™

jon has been driving most of the trip now. we left at 8:45 a.m. and i drove for the first three or four hours. all of those hours were on state roads and highways with stoplights, so it was more draining than driving on interstates. jon took over after lunch and has been driving about four or five hours. 
i’m leaned back in the passenger seat with my feet on the dashboard. i slept for awhile– i’m not sure how long. we’ve been listening to the bbc world service all afternoon. i’m not really paying attention to it, and it is quite soothing as background noise. it’s conducive to sleeping again. 
jon said that if he makes it to eau claire driving, i have to take over from there. i think we are maybe 60 miles from there right now, and from there it’s about 90 miles to home. 
at the last gas station i got some “brisk” iced tea that’s half tea and half cherry limeade. it’s not terribly good, but i can finish the can. i also got some BBQ cornnuts, which are a sort of road trip tradition. 
i sort of have to pee again and we’ve only been driving for about 20 minutes since our last stop. i can hold it for awhile, but we definitely need to stop to pee like once an hour. 
back to napping now.

πŸš™ road tripping πŸš™

jon has been driving most of the trip now. we left at 8:45 a.m. and i drove for the first three or four hours. all of those hours were on state roads and highways with stoplights, so it was more draining than driving on interstates. jon took over after lunch and has been driving about four or five hours.
i’m leaned back in the passenger seat with my feet on the dashboard. i slept for awhile– i’m not sure how long. we’ve been listening to the bbc world service all afternoon. i’m not really paying attention to it, and it is quite soothing as background noise. it’s conducive to sleeping again.
jon said that if he makes it to eau claire driving, i have to take over from there. i think we are maybe 60 miles from there right now, and from there it’s about 90 miles to home.
at the last gas station i got some “brisk” iced tea that’s half tea and half cherry limeade. it’s not terribly good, but i can finish the can. i also got some BBQ cornnuts, which are a sort of road trip tradition.
i sort of have to pee again and we’ve only been driving for about 20 minutes since our last stop. i can hold it for awhile, but we definitely need to stop to pee like once an hour.
back to napping now.

saturday six

πŸš™ we’re on the road home, currently in illinois. we had lunch at Steak ‘n Shake in Joliet, IL and switched drivers. i had driven about 4 hours on state roads and US highways with traffic lights, and we’re now probably 6.5 hours from home. it will likely take us at least 7.5 hours because we stop often and our approach to road trips is leisurely. 

πŸš™ i do not like depeche mode. not one little bit. 

πŸš™ i sing along to the music in the car most of the time. i wonder if that’s annoying to husbo. probably not, because he definitely would have mentioned it by now. 

πŸš™ i have stains between my teeth, like on the lateral surfaces of them. it’s bugging me, but apparently not enough to motivate me to brush twice a day. 

πŸš™ i’m not exactly dreading returning to work, but i am fully aware that i will be walking into a clusterfuck. and i’m in charge of unfucking it. 

πŸš™ i introduced my nephew and nieces (10, 8, 6) to the beastie boys this past week. they loved it. my nieces walk around saying, “i went into the locker room during classes, i went into your locker and i smashed your glasses.” couldn’t be prouder.

saturday six

πŸš™ we’re on the road home, currently in illinois. we had lunch at Steak β€˜n Shake in Joliet, IL and switched drivers. i had driven about 4 hours on state roads and US highways with traffic lights, and we’re now probably 6.5 hours from home. it will likely take us at least 7.5 hours because we stop often and our approach to road trips is leisurely.

πŸš™ i do not like depeche mode. not one little bit.

πŸš™ i sing along to the music in the car most of the time. i wonder if that’s annoying to husbo. probably not, because he definitely would have mentioned it by now.

πŸš™ i have stains between my teeth, like on the lateral surfaces of them. it’s bugging me, but apparently not enough to motivate me to brush twice a day.

πŸš™ i’m not exactly dreading returning to work, but i am fully aware that i will be walking into a clusterfuck. and i’m in charge of unfucking it.

πŸš™ i introduced my nephew and nieces (10, 8, 6) to the beastie boys this past week. they loved it. my nieces walk around saying, β€œi went into the locker room during classes, i went into your locker and i smashed your glasses.” couldn’t be prouder.

friday five

1. this may be the best summer indiana trip we’ve ever had.

2. i don’t play bridge. people have attempted to teach me several times but the information just won’t go in my brain.

3. when i bent over to get something out of my purse on the floor, my niece was behind me, and she exclaimed, “you have a big butt!” she sounded almost impressed, and it was straightforward enough to be cute.

4. i’ve got so much to pack. i brought way more clothes than i ought to have done, and bought more here. i predict i will put nothing away when i get home and live out of my bag for at least two weeks.

5. husbo is going out to the end of the dock to smoke a cigar with my cousin. seeing him with my family as just one of the gang makes me so happy.

my mind’s blank

i don’t have terribly much to post, but i wanted to check in and say hello because i haven’t been posting much this vacation.

i’m at a lake an hour or two north of indianapolis (where i grew up) with my extended family. i won’t explain the family in detail, but there are 20 of us. we’re renting a big 5BR cottage that holds 12 of us. so we all congregate at this cottage.

this trip has been so wonderful. it’s a family tradition to come to this lake together for a week that’s been going in my dad’s family since the 1950s. this the fifth year husbo and i have been here together, and it’s the best one so far.

as fabulous as this is, i don’t have any really great highlights to post. my highlights of this trip don’t really make for good posts, because they are more based on feelings than events. it’s the vibe of family closeness, wicked sarcasm, adorable kids. playing cards and games, eating sandwiches, working on crosswords don’t lend themselves to translation into text.

i’m on the screened in porch, looking out at the lake, watching the kids go by tubing and riding the waverunner. i think i’ll go down to the end of the dock and hang out with the people there.

sorry i can’t describe it better. it’s a had-to-be-there sort of thing.

truthful tuesday 

🏊 my family is totally making fun of me for taking so many pictures of myself, so i’m limiting my self sessions just a bit. 

🏊 i made a mess of my clothes when i packed and i haven’t un-messed them yet. it’s because i’ll packed WAY too much— i’ll probably wear a third of what i brought. 

🏊 the cottage my parents rented this year is just perfect. it fits us. it will get a bit more hectic when my aunt gets here in a couple of days, and that will be nice in its own way too. 

🏊 the kids (brother’s and cousins’) are now at an age where they entertain themselves without constant close supervision. so we are hanging with the adults in the shade watching the kids play in the lake. 

🏊 this isn’t really a truthful tuesday list. it’s just things that occur to me about the vacation so far. so i’m going to stop with the screen time and go back to chatting with the grown-ups.

truthful tuesday

🏊 my family is totally making fun of me for taking so many pictures of myself, so i’m limiting my self sessions just a bit.

🏊 i made a mess of my clothes when i packed and i haven’t un-messed them yet. it’s because i’ll packed WAY too muchβ€” i’ll probably wear a third of what i brought.

🏊 the cottage my parents rented this year is just perfect. it fits us. it will get a bit more hectic when my aunt gets here in a couple of days, and that will be nice in its own way too.

🏊 the kids (brother’s and cousins’) are now at an age where they entertain themselves without constant close supervision. so we are hanging with the adults in the shade watching the kids play in the lake.

🏊 this isn’t really a truthful tuesday list. it’s just things that occur to me about the vacation so far. so i’m going to stop with the screen time and go back to chatting with the grown-ups.