Parents: Stop calling your kids

I would like to issue an overdue apology to my five roommates in college: I'm sorry I wouldn't answer the phone. Back in the pre-cell phone days (you know, when dinosaurs roamed the earth), a call would come into the dorm room phone, and I wouldn't move to answer it....more

From Driving Miss Daisy to Steel Magnolias

I’m taking my life in my hands driving in Omaha.  Now before you convulse in fits of laughter, ask yourself the following questions:1)       Have I ever been to Omaha?  Do I even know where Omaha is?  Do I think Omaha and Oklahoma are one and the same?  (I’ll give you a hint:  Omaha is a city, not a state, and the two are not interchangeable.)...more
This must be what I sound like while driving with my kids. Yikes!more

How long can you ignore your phone?

I'd like to issue a long-overdue apology to each of the five roommates I had in college: I'm sorry that I did not answer the phone when it was ringing. I knew that it drove you crazy, but I was absorbed in something else/didn't feel like talking to anyone, and thus, did not answer the phone.But, I understand that most people aren't wired that way: Their phone rings and they answer it. It beeps and they answer it. Even when they are on the road....more

Making my peace with traffic

One of the many reasons we moved was to shorten our commute time. So, although I find myself driving less miles, I find that I am in the car for the same amount of time as I used to be (or sometimes for longer). Every morning and evening, I sit in traffic and look at the other cars around me: I see angry, frustrated drivers who are endangering everyone around them by not using turn signals when merging; I see sleepy drivers who are yawning and drinking Starbucks; I see a lot of people talking on their phones....more

Mission Log Flashback: Chicago IL, 2008

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Pit Stop: What's a Roadtrip?

Image from Can't I Just Orbit?Before I get too far underway with this blog thing, I thought it might make sense to take a second and talk about what exactly a roadtrip is - to me, at least. I suppose everyone has their own definition of what a roadtrip is, and what does or doesn’t count as one, so here’s my own personal definition....more

To infinity, and the road. Er, beyond.

If you want to get to know somebody, you spend time with them. If you really want to get to know somebody, spend six hours trapped in a car with them. And if you really, really want all the gory details, spend twelve.That’s my personal philosophy on travel. (And maybe on people, too, but this is a travel blog.) It all started for me six years ago, when my at-the-time-boyfriend-now-husband and I decided to take off for the weekend and visit a friend in Chicago. Twelve hours away by car. In the middle of winter. What could possibly go wrong?...more


The day began the same mundane way as any other. I got into my car as usual, dropped my daughter at school, and set off for work. The Children’s Centre was where it usually was, on the other side of the road. All I had to do was wait for a gap in the traffic and swing my car into the entrance before an oncoming car hit me. Simple. I completed such feats of coordination and judgement every day, several times a day, and had not yet died or caused the death of anyone else....more

A Bump in the Road - Learning to Drive Never Ends

Sometimes the best way to learn is from experience, and experiences, especially those that frighten and remain ingrained. Last night as I was driving home, another car hit mine, which I guess qualifies as an experience. I was driving in her blind spot and she went to change lanes, swerving right into me....more

Perspective -- my love-hate relationship with driving

Today’s WordPress Prompt asked us to talk about something that drives us crazy, and then something that makes us happy.  The end result should be finding out if the thing that makes us happy changes our perspective on the thing that drives us crazy.To be truthful, I’m having trouble conceptualizing how I would link two completely different things together and see if one would change my pers...more