Monday, October 21, 2013

Yup, the Griswolds Are Back.

Brace yourselves. I'm about to take a dump. A camera dump. We got home Saturday after 2 days on the road driving back from our trip to Maryland. I say TRIP and not VACATION, because I'm pretty sure a vacation involves palm trees, adult beverages on the beach, and a brief plane ride to your destination, as opposed to a Toyota Sienna full of stickers, kindergarten workbooks, Crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, notebooks, coloring books, four DVD players, 37 kid-friendly movies (only two of which were watched routinely - Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and Despicable Me). Oh, and headphones. Thank GOD for headphones.

Look, it was great to see my sis and her family, and it really was a beautiful drive on the way back, but I am in NO hurry to load up the family truckster again anytime soon.

Not to mention that sharing a hotel room with my mom is, well, CHALLENGING. The woman snores. I mean, she snores like she is PISSED OFF. She snores aggressively. 

I learned some things about myself, though. I learned that I really do think I belong to the best gym in the world. I mean, my sister's gym is good, but her instructor did not make me feel like I wanted to vomit in the middle of class.

I learned that, God help me, I love cheese in a can. 

I realized that my niece penned the best birthday card EVER for her brother while we were there:

I learned that Annapolis knows how to keep it classy:

I learned that they also have the Best Playground Ever. 

Seriously. And sadly, we didn't go there until the day before we left. OH THE HUMANITY.

I learned that I REALLY did not need to pack everyone's pillows, because apparently my children do not need to sleep, EVER, on what amounted to two 12-hour driving days. OH THE HUMANITY. 

I learned that Scarlett is afraid of heights, as evidenced by the lack of her presence in the photos below, taken along Skyline Drive in West Virginia.

I learned that no matter what anyone else says, John Denver will ALWAYS be my co-pilot on a drive like this.

I learned that the all you can eat Amish buffet is NOT worth the $9.95/person for me. I do not need that much country cooking EVER. It was like paying my mom $9.95 to eat Sunday dinner at her house. The Amish DO have a ginormous pumpkin in their entry, however.

Finally, I learned that I REALLY need to clean my windshield. Still, even through the grime, Kentucky was also a beautiful state. 

Hope you're still checking in on me. Oh, and stay tuned for the Best Shopping Score EVER later this week. I'll give you a hint - TWO LEATHER JACKETS FOR UNDER $100. Okay - that was more than a hint, but JUST YOU WAIT. 

Happy Monday, yo!


HJolley said...

I once paid $25 for an Amish buffet. I really wanted to like it that much, but I so did not. Glad I'm not the only one.

Pretty drive. Love me some John Denver.

Debbie Stinedurf said...

Ahh...what a brave soul you are loading up all the kids in the family truckster and hitting the open road. We can't drive to 10 minutes to Walmart without me wanting to kill someone.

MerciBlahBlah said...

HJolley - you are SO not the only one who didn't appreciate the Amish buffet. I am with you. Call me a food snob, but I want something that I'm not able to readily have at home when I go out to eat. Ah well!

Debbie - if by "brave soul" you mean "complete idiot," then I whole-heartedly agree with you. Let's just say I won't be doing it again anytime soon. Or ever.