Sunday, August 19, 2007

Road trippin with my two favourite allies, fully loaded we've got snacks and supplies

We're off to Manitoba! We're hitting the highway with a big case of tunes, road snacks, and our cheap sunglasses. Sputnik is coming along, so we'll have the windows set on "lock", so as not to have a repeat of the trip we made one Christmas when she stood on the window switch whilst watching the prairie whiz by, and we watched in horror as the window started opening at 110 km/hr and -30C with the cat hanging out of it.

We've got a 13 hour drive to get there, so we'll have to pace ourselves on the snacks. I plan to wait until at least Brooks before tearing into the Ritz's mini cheese sandwiches (aka crack in a box). I'm going to see if I can hold out until the Saskatchewan border before I start pounding back the M&M's. The carrots and grapes will probably still be untouched by the time we reach our destination. And with some strategically spaced potty breaks and the use of this official map we should be there by bedtime.

No doubt some wise guy will start singing the chorus to Footloose as we pull out of the garage, and that will trigger random quotations from Romey and Michelle's High School Reunion until somebody gets sick of it and demands that we play Who Would Win in a FIght instead. What kind of road games do you play?

It'll be great to get together with my whole family. We'll drive Jerry crazy with our inability to make a group decision in less than 3 hours, because that's what we do best. I haven't seen my mom for over a year, so there will be buckets of tears shed, no doubt, because that's what she does best. She's pretty awesome at remembering embarassing things that I did as a teenager as well. Looking forward to that part!

I won't be able to check up on you all, so I expect everybody to be on their best behaviour. And if anybody does anything really inappropriate and outrageous, I want to hear about it when I get back. I want details. Write them down.

Here are a couple of songs I've been a little hung up on lately.
Perhaps we could have an online singalong when I get back.

Be nice to each other and I'll bring you something back.


phlegmfatale said...

Love that Americentric map - silly, cute and embarrassingly spot-on in a way. 'Cept we all really know that Texas and Prague are the real twin centers of the universe. Anyway, have a fantastic time. I wish I were a fly on the wall for your trip - I'll bet it'll be filled with giggles. Good luck keeping Sputnik in your orbit. Cool kitty. Hug yer ma for me, and tell her someone in Texas loves you.

Funny, I woke up this morning thinking "I really MUST try to UPS Barbara a rum cake soon." And I will.

Anyway, safe travels, and we'll be here when you get back.

justacoolcat said...

What a long drive! I hope you have a great trip and please bring me back a present. I'll be good.

Karen said...

Have a fabulous time in Manitoba! Getting together with family can be great, can't it? Safe trip!! If Sputnik's anything like our family cats used to be on road trips, he'd end up on the warm sunny dashboard or wedged under the gas pedal while my dad was driving.

And can UPS cake? And a rum cake to boot? I heart you. All the more reason to travel the three hours to visit Barbara. Mmmm, texas style rum cake....

mellowlee said...

Wow, I hope you have a safe and fun road trip. Poor Sputty, I bet that scared the hell out of her!
I don't have a car, hence no road games. Miss you already Barb. That map really made me laugh. :O) Enjoy your family!!!

mellowlee said...

Oh yes, and I promise to be good too!

Alana said...

Hehe, Manitoba!

Clearly I don't come 'round these blogger parts much no more, but Mel just now informed me of your roadtrip and I had to come and wish you a fantastic time on your way to the land of slurpees and nothingness. :)

Drive safe, and have an endless amount of good times with the family!

And don't feel guilty for the M&M's, they're tiny multi-coloured pieces of roadtrip sanity. Eat a handful for me!!

Deb said...

I love road trips, everything from the squished, sweaty car to the junk food and potty stops. I'm a weirdo, I know.

Hope you have a wonderful time with your family...especially seeing your Mom. I'll be missing ya.

JustRun said...

Have a fun and safe trip! I can't believe the cat just rides along, trying to hang out the window.

Allison said...

I miss you already. Have a fabulous holiday and enjoy your family :)

John Mutford said...
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Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Have fun.

Serah said...

Road Trip! Have a great time.

BeckEye said...

I love that pic! :)

Have a fun trip. Please have many crazy adventures like the Griswolds.

Jas B said...

The map is really cute.
Hope you are having a great time withyour family, Barb.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Phlegmmy, OF COURSE Texas and Prague are the centres of the universe. How could it be otherwise when such fabulousness resides there?
Bless your heart, almost dying and you're thinking about rum cake!

I'm checking with Wifey to verify your assertions, Just A. Not that I don't believe you or anything...

Under the gas pedal did seem like an attractive spot on the trip, Karen, although Sputty is an excellent traveller, I must say. And she slept inside my suitcase last night.

We're having a great trip so far, Mel. We didn't even have time to play that many road games, as we made it in 11.5 hours - a mere blink of an eye.

Hey Alana! We haven't had consumed any slurpees yet, but there was some talk about the boys getting Hoagies (another fine Manitoba institution) for their fishing trip today. You know what else are great on road trips? Clodhoppers! I had chocolate all over my shirt by the time we arrived.

Especially the junk food, Deb! That alone is a reason for doing a road trip. We always yoller "cow" whenever we see one, which you would think would get lame after a few hours, but no.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She is such a great traveller, Justrun, and a very polite guest too (so far anyway).

We're having way too much fun, Al. And it looks as though I will get to see the entire family by the end of the week, and some folks are making a Herculian effort to get here too. My family is pretty great.

I was a little addicted to those Ritz things one summer, John, and haven't eaten them since until this trip. They're not as wonderful as I remember them being though.
Marry, Shag or Cliff! Great idea - we'll play that on the way home!

We need you in the car with us, Monkey. I'm sure you could add some of the quirkiness that we thrive on.

Having way too much fun, Serah. In fact this morning I slept in the latest I have in decades. (It was actually pretty great.)

The Griswolds were based upon us, Beckeye. Check the credits on the film. But instead of girls in red sports cars, we keep seeing cows.

Having a blast, Jas! I figured you would like that map! Here be dragons.

Beth said...

I wanna go with y'all! The company and the soundtrack will be the best! Have a lovely break from reality.

John Mutford said...

I removed my earlier comment. Teachers, digital footprints, etc, etc. Meh. Glad you're having a blast though.

Becky said...

Hope the remainder of the trip is awesome! It sounds like fun :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Beth, we sure could have used your company and musical expertise during some of the road games. You would have killed!

Your secrets are safe with me. John. But I understand.

It was such a fun-packed trip, Becky, that it felt like two weeks instead of one. And I mean that positively.