Random Monday – Traveling Edition

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• Last week we traveled from Michigan to Colorado. It was a loooooong drive. Long and grouchy. Imagine you are locked in a tin can with your family for 5 days. And they are bored and hungry and vocal about it. And on one of the days, your husband wants to visit your in-laws. In Kansas. Are you grouchy? I am.

And, AND! The minute we got there and Big met Jim’s aunt and uncle for the first time, he whipped out his new curse words by telling the story of “beating the crap” out of the leaves for our craft project the other day.

• As we were leaving Michigan, we saw a store on the side of the road called Butt Stop. They sold cigarettes (one hopes).

• In Indiana, it was dark and rainy and as I turned onto the road back to the hotel, I accidentally cut off some guy who was driving a crappy car with only one dim headlight. I didn’t even see him. He saw me, though, and immediately swerved behind me as I changed lanes. I thought it was a kid with a piece of crap car and a road rage issue, and flipped a u-turn in the next intersection.

Not a kid.

A cop.

So that happened. When he told me that I had cut him off when I pulled into traffic, I blurted, “oh, was that YOU? I didn’t even see you with only one headlight on!”

Because of course I did.

Anyway. He let me go, which is an anti-climactic ending to the story. Thank goodness.

• Also in Indiana, we saw a Fry’s off the interstate and Jim practically started pawing at the window until I turned in. I think he had a religious experience in there. It was strange, seeing him among his own kind. Nerds in the Mist.

• On Sunday, if I had a kingdom, I would have pledged it for a clean public bathroom. It occurred to me that maybe we should pull an RV, just for the private bathroom. The bathrooms have been so disgusting, I can’t even tell you. I was tempted more than once to take pictures so I could show you the disgustingness and you could all commiserate with me. And then I wondered if I should create a whole new blog: Bathrooms Across America, and document the horror. Do you think anyone would read that? Probably only unsavory people. I guess I won’t do it. Someone will one day, though. Mark my words. They’ll make a zillion dollars selling ads and grow some amazing toilet empire. Like the Pioneer Woman of Porcelain.

• I was nominated for Funniest Homeschool Blog and Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog! How exciting! Thank you SO MUCH to whomever nominated me, and I SWEAR the check is in the mail! Also, maybe go vote if it’s not too much trouble. No pressure, though.

Link up with your own Randomness below!

10 Responses to “Random Monday – Traveling Edition”

  1. Nan | wrathofmom.blogspot.ca Says:

    I have this great idea for a business: I will compile bathroom reviews in a database. I’ll get some investors and then send out scouts (women, at least 35 years of age, w/ children because we know the criteria) to review and assign GPS tags to all public washrooms. Then I will create an app. AND I WILL BE RICH.

    Of course, I’m pretty lazy and I’m not really going to act on this. You’re welcome to have it, though.
    Nan | wrathofmom.blogspot.ca´s last blog post .."I find your lack of faith — & fairy dust — disturbing."

  2. Applie Says:

    “oh, was that YOU? I didn’t even see you with only one headlight on!”


    You poor thing. At least the visits with the in-laws and the police and the public bathrooms all happened in the same week. That horrific part of your travels is over with. Well, except for the public bathrooms. That will haunt you forever. Thanks for not taking photos.
    Applie´s last blog post ..Monday Twaddle

  3. Kristy Says:

    I have no words. Really.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..October Nailed It or Failed It Challenge

  4. Rose Says:

    glad you got off with said cop but he should have had two working lights in his vehicle. Yuck! dirty bathrooms? Inlaws? this post is a nightmare……
    Rose´s last blog post ..October’s Pinterest Challenge: Nailed It or Failed It~

  5. hi kooky Says:

    I got no randomness, but I got this:

    1) Your posts always make me laugh.
    2) I really enjoyed your references today.
    3) I am so not surprised you are nominated for those particular awards.

    Thank you for being a bright spot in my day, and ROCK ON!
    hi kooky´s last blog post ..15

  6. Amy B Says:

    This post was so funny! Not using public restrooms is my absolute favorite thing about traveling with an RV.

  7. Tina H. Says:

    I didn’t nominate you – I didn’t have time to do that for anyone this year – but I AM voting for you in Nitty-Gritty EVERY DAY through the 16th.

    BTW…I’m nominated for Best Homeschool Mom Blog (for Being Made New). No pressure to vote for me every day…even though, yeah, just remember that I am making the effort to vote for you every day…from BOTH of my computers, lol. They’re crappy machines, but they register the votes. :^)
    Tina H.´s last blog post ..The Homeschool Experiment: A Review and a GIVEAWAY

  8. Meghan Says:

    Butt Stop has me giggling. (Yes, I’m that immature.)
    Meghan´s last blog post ..Vote

  9. Eddie Says:

    I was nominated in Nitty-Gritty as well, but I’m totally voting for you in Funniest. I can’t drink coffee and read your posts without dribbling. 🙂
    Eddie´s last blog post ..You like me…you really like me!

  10. Chris Tillley (@hhtales) Says:

    Where I live ‘Behind that tree’ is the frequent answer restroom need. On the other hand we had a contest for best washroom. http://www.bestrestroom.com/canada/Hall_of_Fame/2012.asp

    I’m also nominated for Best Homeschool DAD Blog.
    Chris Tillley (@hhtales)´s last blog post ..Homeschool Blog Awards 2012 Nominee