I spent pretty much all day yesterday thinking it was Friday. Yes, some of it had to do with I have today off, but I really think a lot of it had to do with the weather. 80′s? And I’m leaving for the weekend? I say that’s just crap.
The day went pretty fast and I went to TJ’s over lunch after talking to my mom to see if it would be ok if I cooked dinner on Friday night. I stocked up on the good stuff- including almond butter. I used the almond butter in my oatmeal this morning. My parents won’t even touch the jar. Fail…
Anyways, because I had completely cleaned out my refrigerator at home in preparation for this trip, I didn’t have much of a selection and brought one of my Lean Cuisine standbys for lunch. This was a new one I decided to try. Roasted Garlic Chicken and spinach:I think when I eat them, my favorite Lean Cuisines are the pita wraps. And butternut squash ravioli is pretty good- no lies. But I saw this one with all of it’s 180 calories and said “hey, why not?”. Well I’ll tell you why not. I can’t tell if the 180 calories is the whole meal or what you think you’ll actually eat. Or maybe there was a shortage of spinach and they dug into the baby food reserves to compensate? Hey magic eight ball- should I eat this? All signs point to “no”.
I ate the chicken. I think it was about the same as eating one and half chicken tenders. Bullshit. I’m sticking to the pita wraps from now on… had to dig into the snack drawer for some pretzels and a Clif Z Bar. My boss felt sorry for me. He tried bringing up some chocolate from the cafeteria, but had decided to sit outside for awhile and enjoy the sun- so the chocolate melted in his pocket. So nice that he tried, though…
I was out of that office and changing into “driving gear” at 4:30 on the dot. Hooray for hitting the road! So excited to go… so excited to go… so excited to SIT IN TRAFFIC. I knew that traffic report earlier in the morning was only reporting badness. But once I got about an hour or so out, traffic was moving pretty steadily and my view turned to this:So I’m not sure which is actually worse- the traffic or the nothingness? Did I mention I dislike this drive? At this point I was tired of the rush hour music (I like Lady GaGa, but after the 10th playing of “Telephone”, I’m kind of over it). After a couple of you mentioned throwback music, I decided to try and find some. Which was a task because the middle of Illinois seems to enjoy country music. Blah… But I did!
Meatloaf told me he would do anything for love. But he won’t do THAT. Now all I can think about what “that” really could be. Does anyone know? I’m a fan of the song- but know absolutely no history behind it. So maybe I’m just a poser… I really need to read up on my Meatloaf history.
Then I found a station that played some Sophie B. Hawkins. And was singing ”damn… I wish I was your lover”. I was getting really vocal, too. Then decided to lower the voice a little bit because I was on a stop for food and people were starting to stare.I won’t lie- I wondered a little off the beaten path for this one. The entire week I had pretty much just figured I’d have Subway and call it a day. Subway is seriously ok and I still eat it, but I’m still a little shaken up by that “something crunchy that shouldn’t be in my chicken” from one of my drives out during the Christmas holidays. Because really, it’s not like Panera is the uber healthy option (I’m sure my Sierra Turkey had just as many if not more calories than the option at Subway I would have gone with). But when it comes to quality of some of the food, I like to think it wins out. And I’m pretty sure my panini I had was THE BOMB. So I’m totally happy with my choice to drive an extra mile or two off the highway into unknown territory for it. This stop is about three hours into the trip. Still a bit of daylight. Still smiling- even though my makeup had melted off because the air was kind of thick and humid and gross but I still wanted to keep the windows down because it was obviously that instead of 20 degrees (which I am thankful for every day until November). See the problem in this picture, though? It would be the obnoxiously large iced tea I have in my hands. What was I thinking???
Into about the third chorus of “na na na na na na na na na na na na na” from Blink 182′s “All the Small Things” is when I crossed the state line into Missouri. It was lovely seeing St. Louis- I was so over those cornfields… and I had to pee and was not about to stop on one of the smaller exits outside of STL. Last time I did that late at night, there was only one teeny tiny gas station and two farmers in overalls with no teeth stared unapologetically at me the entire time. Deliverance, anyone? (cue creepy background music)
As I was pulling into the gas station in St. Charles, MO, I stumbled onto a junior high dance favorite- KC and JoJo. You know the song- sing it with me “I will never find another lover sweeter than you, sweeter than you…” To this day I remember how intense it would get at the dance as soon as a slow song came on. You were one nervous little child until you saw a boy walking your way… I still have issues. Thanks 8th grade.
I put a little more gas in the tank and bought some ice for the cooler of TJ’s wonderfulness:Are you curious as to what I’m making tonight yet? Hmmm… nothing too fancy, but I’m still very excited. :)
I also picked up some coffee. Yes, it was pretty late, but I had reached six hours of traveling and needed a pick me up.And in St. Louis style, I found a station that was playing some J Kwon. Deja vu to freshman year in the dorms… One, here comes to two to the three to the four…
Once I got off the actual interstate and hit the “backroads” all the way home, fatigue starting setting in. I rolled up to my parent’s house around 1:00. Said hello. Passed out. And here I am.This is part of the back yard. I’m waiting for the sun to come out to play. Until then, I’ll be catching up on my google reader. Which will take longer than usual because this internet connection blows. And surfing for a new pasta sauce recipe. Anyone got anything kind of light? No creamy stuff preferably- I got kind of turned off by the cheese sauce I made last week…
Enjoy the rest of the day! And drive safe if you’re traveling! I’m off the road, so overall safety of the roads just improved. You’re welcome.
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