Friday, January 2, 2015

7 Quick Takes about Road Trips, Stores My Family Should Never Patronize, and Art Theory

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday!

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I haven't been as active in the blogosphere as I would've liked this week, but I have an excuse! I was trapped in a car for 44 hours with Phillip and our 5 kids, visiting family for Christmas. It actually turned out to be a really entertaining trip. Let's roll the highlight reel, shall we?

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Just over the border of Pennsylvania, we passed a big yellow billboard that read:

Fireworks
Karate Supplies
Swords & Knives
Pepper Spray & Stun Guns

Briefly, I thought about pulling over and letting my kids loose in the place, just to see what would happen.

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Although I can stay awake in front of a computer all night, I develop severe narcolepsy when you put me behind the wheel after dark. So we drove two days each way, stopping at a hotel overnight.

It was late when we pulled into a Best Western in Ohio, but my kids were completely wired. There were lots of shenanigans going on before getting everyone to sleep, but my favorite was watching my 3-year-old walk around "reading" out loud to us all from the hotel room Bible (but really just saying all the words she could remember from "The Night Before Christmas.") 

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We stayed at a Hampton Inn & Suites on the way home, where the hallway carpet gave me vertigo.

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Seriously, I had a hard time walking in a straight line to our room.

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It was like one of those spinning optical illusions you're supposed to stare at for 30 seconds and then look in a different direction, and space is all fuzzy and moving. I may have had a seizure.

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Other than the carpet, I liked the place, especially how the walls of the breakfast area were covered with funky-looking pieces of modern art.

Jokingly, I pointed to a piece of artwork over my scrambled eggs and asked my kids, "So what does that one say to you?"

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I was surprised when they gave me insightful answers.

My 6-year-old said, "Don't destroy things for no reason." (Don't know where he's heard that before.)

My 8-year-old said, "The earth is fragile so treat it carefully."

My 10-year-old said, "When you do bad things, they stick to you and color everything else you do."

Phillip looked up briefly at the painting and said, "Barf."

He may be a food snob, but art critic he ain't.

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Not really a highlight, but the kids and I almost got backed over by a car in a gas station parking lot. 

I don't how you can miss a group of 6 people walking behind your car (okay, some of them were very short,) but it was clear as the driver backed up that she didn't see us AT ALL. I couldn't just jump out of the way because the kids would get hit, so I stood where I was and screamed at her to stop. Very scary, and she stopped just in time. 

Now our kids get treated to a 5-minute lecture about watching for cars every time we're within 10 feet of a parking lot, driveway, street, or parking garage. 

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During the last 3-hour leg of the trip, my son fell asleep. When we pulled into our driveway and woke him up, he looked around and said, "Well, that was quick." 

I guess that's as good a summary of our epic 44-hour road trip as any.


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2 comments:

  1. Darn it, Jenny! We took the kids to MN for Christmas this year! We were in the same neighborhood and didn't even know it!

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  2. You've got to be kidding me. We would've loved to see you!

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