We are a reluctant group of road warriors. With family spaced out up to 10-12 hours in 3 different directions, we spend a lot of time making road trips to get in some quality time with them because we don't have a small fortune to invest in (or an extra child we can put on eBay to fund) plane tickets. And also because you can force me to drive 12 hours with 2 kids (4 and 2) any day before you will ever get me to agree to trap myself in an airport and on a plane with them.
Just last week I made a five hour trek on the 99 highway with both kids. Alone.
Was I nervous?
Was I racking my brain for every possible way I could make the trip bearable?
Was I successful?
What Chongqing lacked in charm, Zigong more than made up for. We made the 215 km trip by car with Driver Extraordinaire Bill still at the helm, and sat back for a long, hilly drive punctuated by a very long tunnel through a mountain and an entertaining pit stop to refuel....more
As I have mentioned before, I am also writing for ModernMom and posted there recently on traveling with kids on planes. Seems funny, since one of my best BlogHer buddies has written about vaginas and stress incontinence. http://www.blogher.com/kegels-vagina-dentata-vaginal-weights-and-squats Check out Laine’s post, as she provides some excellent counsel wrapped in humor and experience. ...more
We nearly missed the march of the Peabody ducks.My lack of interest in doing a word problem correctly from start to finish nearly cost us our opportunity to watch the ducks on parade in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.“How long is it from Oklahoma City to Memphis?” Scott asked.“It’s like six hours,” I told him sometime last week....more
"Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence."--UNESCO ...more
As long as we’re here in Northern Italy, let’s stay another week. Primarily because there are so many wonderful foods and recipes to share from this region. Risotta is a northern Italian staple and it’s a staple in my house as well. You can add just about anything to risotto but this combination is one of my favorites.Risotto...more
Well, "real life" done took one look at freckly, relaxed, dark-as-I'll-ever-get, happy me and took a giant bite, CHOMP, thank you very much. *shakes head ruefully* it really is always like that, isn't it? Go somewhere so gorgeous it simply takes your breath away, spend lots of time with 3 of your very favorite people in the whole, wide world, eat simply and lounge longly in lushly warm springs of clear delight. ...more
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