Amarillo was a nice short 4 hour drive from OKC. I wanted to try and take in some of the old Route 66 stops a long the way. First stop was the Big Texan. An iconic Route 66 stop and home of the 72 ounce steak. If you can eat it in one hour, it’s free! You can’t get anyone to help you and you can’t leave the table.

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On the drive out of Amarillo, we stopped to leave our mark at Cadillac Ranch.

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Then it was onward to Albuquerque to make a wrong turn of course.

More road trip stories…

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Once we escaped Little Rock, it was a 5 hour drive to Oklahoma City.  I tried to keep the driving time to around 5 hours a day so we wouldn’t get cabin fever locked up in the car all the time.

The rest stops around OKC were definitely interesting!

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While in OKC we stopped to see the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building Memorial.

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Memphis was just a day stop.  We went to see Graceland, however, at the cost of the tickets to get in, we stayed on the outside and posed for pictures by the gate.  Across the street, Elvis’ planes were on display so we took a look at those too..

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After Graceland, we decided to stop for lunch.  We decided to try the Van Bistro.

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Our gracious host Kristen, made us sandwiches from the back of the van.  😛

After our snack, we visited the National Civil Rights Museum, the site where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.  A very humbling experience to listen to his friend recount that day.

The next stop where we spent the night was Little Rock, Arkansas.  We’re not going to discuss that place.  Let’s just say it was a sleep-and-get-the-hell-out experience.

 

Thankfully Nashville was only a short 5 hour drive from Dayton.  We drove through Kentucky and some of the prettiest highway scenery I’ve seen in awhile.  Even the rest stops were cute.

When we arrived in Nashvile, we did our usual budget dinner at McDonald’s (second night, no one is sick of it yet) and took in some of the sights.  We planned a 2 day stay.. I did want to see the Grand Ole Opry, but we ended up at a Willie Nelson and Dukes of Hazzard Museum instead.

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We also took in a plantation tour of the Belle Meade plantation.  There were still bullet holes in the columns in front of the house from the civil war, and the old slave quarters were still standing.   My biggest thrill was to sit in the shade of a giant Magnolia tree.  The scent was heavenly, and the shade welcomed on a hot day.

I didn’t get to see as much of Nashville as I would have liked, but just the plantation visit was a big enough thrill for me, and my son Alex was over the moon for getting to see the General Lee..

Then we were off to Memphis……..

Road trippin’

Posted: June 24, 2016 in Road Trip

Back in 2010, I embarked on a life long dream of mine to drive across the US to California.  The kids and I had just lost our house to a fire, and had some insurance money left over from replacing everything, so off we went.  I figured it would be both fun and therapeutic and I was right.  By the time we hit the Grand Canyon, the kids were like, “What fire?”

I had the whole 6 weeks planned out, but not written in stone.  Every day was merely a suggestion and if we decided to spend a day or two longer in one city, we had to decide which city to deduct from or not go to at all.  For this trip, 4 days in Savannah Georgia was sacrificed to spend more time in Vegas, LA and the beach in Florida.

The first day of the trip was quite eventful.  I had planned we would leave at 8am, and arrive in Dayton Ohio, in roughly 12 hours to get at least a huge chunk of the initial drive out of the way.  Well, once we crossed the border and were driving through upstate NY, the van decided to pull a “UFO is landing nearby skit” with the dashboard lights flickering on and off, the needles going crazy and the radio turning on and off.  Luckily we had just passed a garage so turned around and pulled in.  I explained to the mechanic what happened, and he couldn’t figure it out, nor could I reproduce it since everything was back to normal.  He suggested I take it to the Dodge dealer a few blocks down and have them run a check on it.  Now, considering this van is going to be our home for the next 6 weeks I figured I better take him up on his advice.

The mechanic at the dealership decided to just run a system diagnostics on it that would take about half an hour..  I explained to him we had just started our cross country road trip and hoped nothing was seriously wrong with the van.  His buddy showed up and started talking to his friend about how bored he was..  The mechanic gestured towards me and said “Go with her, she’s off to the Grand Canyon”, to which his friend replied “Heck I don’t even know where the Grand Canyon is!!”

The problem with the van turned out to be a blown fuse which was caused by the plug in cooler I had brought along.  He replaced the fuse, gave me 10 extra, said there was no bill and to enjoy our trip!  I could have hugged him!   So that added an extra hour to the trip, I figured no problem.  Well, by the time we got near Buffalo, there were traffic jams, construction, half the highway ripped up, ditto for parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio.  So again, we left Montreal at 8am hoping to arrive in Dayton at 8pm, and we pulled into our Motel at 2am the following morning.  Needless to say I was a wee bit grumpy and tired.

After some much needed sleep, a shower, and White Castle for breakfast (nothing like a fart burger first thing in the morning), it was off to Nashville……………..

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Zach age 8 – My crotch is gold.

Zach age 8 – The weiner is sticking out.

Zach age 9 – Why did they call it The Man with the Golden Gun, it should have been called The Man with the Third Nipple.

At least now I have a record of all this so that I may embarass him at his wedding by printing all these out and putting them in a Powerpoint presentation along with some equally embarassing photos.

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The 4th one is a real doozy!

Age 8 – Upon seeing Suicide Chocolate Cake on the menu – So what, did this cake like jump off the building or something?  I’m gonna ask the waitress if it jumped off the building!”

Age 7 – Upon seeing a teenage boy in skater clothing, with the jet black dyed hair swooped over one eye and looking completely emo:  “If that emo kid orders a happy meal, I’m gonna laugh my head off..”

Age 8 – On piercings:  Sister:  I can’t picture Alex (older brother) with a piercing.  Me:  No, he’d be playing with it all day.  Zach:  Oh, there’s such a thing as peepee piercings?

Age 8 – On mean kids at school:  Mom, why are some kids mean and some kids nice?  Me:  Well sometimes the mean kids are nice and the nice kids are mean too!  Zach: Oh, so they’re all bipolar.

Age 6 – Upon having his picture taken for the Nth time:  “What is this, described video for the visually impaired?”

Age 6 – After me voicing out loud wondering why Alex was taking so long in the shower:  “He’s playing with his dingleberry.”

Age 8 – After seeing the LMFAO, Sexy and I know it video – “What a stupid video with all these men going around and shaking their bulges..  I don’t have a bulge yet.”

I’ve missed this.

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

So maybe I can conjure up enough creativity to get back to it.

I wanna do bad things with you..

Posted: January 16, 2009 in Uncategorized
True Blood has me hooked, line and sinker!

I am currently half-way through the first season and was happy to read they are working on a second season.

Finally, a show I can sink my teeth into.

Brain Freeze

Posted: January 14, 2009 in Uncategorized
This was me on my way to work this morning.
 

Current Weather Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 20:00 EST – P.E.Trudeau Airport

-22°C
Overcast
Feels Like: -32°C
Wind: W 17km/h

..and for my American friends…
-7°F
Overcast
Feels Like: -26°F

But of course since it’s hot in the lab where I work, I have to wear a T-shirt otherwise I’d die and slowly melt into a puddle on the lab floor. So the object of the game is layers.
 
Stay tuned for another episode of "My Life as  Human Popsicle."

Das boot

Posted: January 10, 2009 in Uncategorized
Here’s the ones I got..  they usually go for about $150 but I paid a whopping $76 for them.
 
 
 
 
They are a knock off of the Fiorentini & Baker boots (below) which retail for $525.  Savings of $440.. 😉  
 
 
 
 
 
 

I survived the holidays….

Posted: January 9, 2009 in Uncategorized
…my bank account didn’t fare as well though.  
 
The good:
 
My brother made it up from Atlanta.
The US border was practically empty on Christmas day.
I got a lovely pair of boots at a great sale price in Macy’s.
I finally got my hair cut.
There was no snow.
It went up to 18c one day.
I got to taxi Mom around.
I now know the way to my brother’s blindfolded.
My niece wasn’t so shy around me anymore.
$20 to fill up the van. 
 
The bad:
 
The exchange rate.
The boots gave me blisters the first day wearing them.
It got cold (like Montreal cold) the last couple of days we were there.
Traffic on Route-22
Holiday food weight gain.
 
The ugly:
 
3 hour wait to cross Canadian Customs on the way back.
 

Office Christmas Party

Posted: December 16, 2008 in Uncategorized

Subject: The Office Party
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: Everyone
RE: Christmas Party
DATE: December 1

I’m happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the banquet room at Luigi’s Open Pit Barbecue. No-host bar, but plenty of eggnog! We’ll have a small band playing traditional carols…feel free to sing along. And don’t Be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus!

 

                                 
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE: December 2
RE: Christmas Party

In no way was yesterday’s memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we’re calling it our "Holiday Party." The same policy applies to employees who are celebrating Kwanzaa at this time.

Happy now?

 

                                 
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE: December 3
RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table … you didn’t sign your name. I’m happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads "AA Only" you wouldn’t be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody?


                                 
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE: December 7
RE: Holiday Party

What a diverse company we are! I had no idea that December 2 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating, drinking and sex during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees’ beliefs. Perhaps Luigi’s can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party – the days are so short this time of year – or else package everything for take-home in little foil swans. Will that work?

Meanwhile, I’ve arranged for members of Overeaters Anonymous to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms. Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with gay men; each gender will have their own table. To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross dressing allowed. We will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food thus we suggest for those people with blood pressure problems to taste first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for diabetics since the restaurant is unable to supply "no sugar" desserts.

Sorry!

Did I miss anything?

 

                                 
 FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
 DATE: December 8
 RE: Holiday Party

So December 22 marks the Winter Solstice…what do you expect me to do, a tap-dance on your heads? Fire regulations at Luigi’s prohibit the burning of sage by our "earth-based Goddess-worshipping" employees, but we’ll try to accommodate your shamanic drumming circle during the band’s breaks. Okay???


                                 
 FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
 Date: December 9
 RE: Holiday Party

People, people, nothing sinister was intended by having our CEO dress up like Santa Claus! Even if the anagram of "Santa" does happen to be "Satan," there is no evil connotation to our own "little man in a red suit." It’s a tradition, folks, like sugar shock at Halloween or family feuds over the Thanksgiving turkey or broken hearts on Valentine’s Day. Could we lighten up?

             

                    
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE: December 10
RE: Holiday Party

Vegetarians!?!?!? I’ve had it with you people!!! We’re going to keep this party at Luigi’s Open Pit Barbecue whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death," as you so quaintly put it, and you’ll get your freaking salad bar, including hydroponic tomatoes. But you know, they have feelings too. Tomatoes scream when you slice them. I’ve heard them scream. I’m hearing them scream right now!

          

                       
FROM: Teri Bishops, Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: December 14
RE: Pat Lewis and Holiday Party

I’m sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pat Lewis a speedy recovery from her stress-related illness and I’ll continue to forward Your cards to her at the sanatorium.

In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd off with full pay.

We hope that this change does not offend anyone.

 

Dishing it out..

Posted: November 30, 2008 in Uncategorized
I was doing the dishes earlier, and never really paid attention to the label on the dish soap.  I just grab the  first thing that’s on sale and if it smells good, added bonus. The label, reads, Relaxing Aromatherapy.  Can someone please tell me what is so effin’ relaxing about doing dishes?  I mean, even if you have a dishwasher, you’re still stuck with the task of loading it up, but at least Cascade, Palmolive, et al., don’t make any promises about it being relaxing!

On a completely different note, I bought myself a pair of stretch jeans the other day.  I own quite a few pairs of stretch jeans, cause let’s face it, it’s so much easier to get into them than it was the 100%-denim-jump-up-and-down-lie-down-on-the-bed-suck-in-the-gut-to-do-them-up jeans of yesterday.  So, these jeans fit perfectly in the changing room, however, upon wearing them to work the next day and sitting for an hour at my desk, they had stretched out to the size of a burlap sack!  I spent the rest of the day hiking them up because they kept falling down.   Time to throw them in the hot wash with the relaxing aromatherapy soap.