Monday, September 27, 2010


I am armed... With knowledge and a pretty pink weapon!!

Yesterday I took a self defense class to appease the worriers in my life because of my new dangerous city. I don't know if anyone was appeased or not, but it was a GREAT experience!!
I learned so much amazing information about first avoiding being a target and second how to handle myself once I become a target. Last of all I learned how to kick some ass if someone actually put their hands on me.

I left feeling confident and smart.
Two things I already enjoy feeling...

I also left with a kubaton

It doesn't look like much, but let me hit you with it and we'll see how effective it is.

No seriously, I really want to hit someone with it.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What's Meant to be Will Always Find a Way

- Sufi

Monday, September 13, 2010

Things You Can Learn About a State by Driving Through it Along I80

I don't think I need to learn anything more about a state than what
I can learn about it along I-80.

Wyoming is boring
Nebraska is also boring.

Plus there is nothing good to buy for a souvenier at any of their gas stations.
They do have at least one chubby poorly behaved child in attendance at McDonald's.
And gas is cheaper than Utah (but I soon learned that is the case everywhere)
Iowa is freaking amazing!
Home of the best rest stops before Ohio yet no tolls.
They supply free WiFi at their rest stops. Making a great place to turn in homework or catch up on facebook when you MUST get out of the car or you'll go insane.

Iowa is also a great place to get lost in a cornfield.

Illinois is SO windy, yes it's home of the windy city but that doesn't explain the ferociousness of the gusty winds. It should be called; Chicago, the blow your car right off the road city.

They also have a museum that once had a Harry Potter exibit. But they WILL look at you like you are the world's biggest idiot when you ask to buy a ticket a year late.
Indiana can kiss my ass! It's gross, ugly and has crazy expensive tolls but no rest stops.

I don't remember Ohio, that's how memorable it was.
It did have the most amazing rest stops. They were like mini malls. You could do your laundry, take a shower, watch TV, and eat at several different restaraunts. However, we drove through there late at night so all we got to do was use the restroom. However, leaving Ohio we paid $13.50 for their toll which showed us just how they fund those magnificent rest stops.
Pennsylvania is ADORABLE!!! I would live there just because of how cute it is.

Home of the world's most comfortable swing, can't beat that!
PA also has a sense of humor. Every so often we would pass a sign that said,
"Buckle Up Next Million Miles"

New Jersey must have a problem with tailgating. Can you see those little dots on the road? These are to help you know how far behind the car in front of you to drive. The thing is, the dots were a little too close together in my opinion.

Who needs a tour guide, I think I learned a lot about each state!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New York Road Trip in Numbers

My trip to New York is best summarized in numbers...

33: Mapquest hours of predicted straight driving.

62: Actual hours including stops, sleeping, detours, and extra trip to Connecticut when the YMCA lost my reservation. In all, 62 hours attached to the confines of the car and surrounding area.

2,264: Miles from Utah to New York with a detour down to Chicago to see the Harry Potter exhibit.

365: Days since the Harry Potter exhibit has been at the museum but would we like to see the exhibit about weather? No thank you.

1: Potted plants that started the trip to New York

0: Potted plants arrived in New York (Sorry about the quick acceleration Olivia, I kept your pot for a future Orchid though)

8: The number of states separating Utah and New York (for a total of 10 states visited in a 3 day period)

87,465: Number of stares we got from people thinking we were crazy for stuffing our car so full. On a side note the passenger seat was so impossible to get in and out of that it was easier to crawl in from the driver's side.

0: Number of Hotels stayed in on the trip

2: Nights we slept in the cramped car to save money on hotels

3:00...AM: time in the morning when I went absolutely CRAZY, clawed my way out of the car, ran around the parking lot and beat my head against the road from cabin fever! After doing some yoga stretches, pacing and talking to myself like a mad woman then throwing all of the items from the passenger side out of the car into the parking lot I was able to go back to sleep. If it hadn't been so cold in Iowa I would have slept on a bench at the rest stop.

18: Hours it took before I went crazy

50: Hours it took for Lara to go crazy. She may be able to handle confined spaces better but my freak out was WAY funnier!! Approx 1 million: Bathroom stops

$33.50: Amount paid in tolls along I-80. Indiana was a rip off!!! Expensive tolls and NO rest stops… Ohio had the most expensive tolls but we gladly paid them for their extremely hospitable, castle-esk rest stops! 24: Age that Lara started looking like her mother

$204.26: Total price of gas. Not bad at ALL!! Nebraska wins for cheapest gas coming in at $2.55 a gallon!

120: Minutes it took to cross the George Washington Bridge0: Number of bras I can wear while I drive. Nope, can't do it... And no one can make me wear it either.

37: Number of wipies and sinks it takes to take a bath on a road trip. 1: Number of Savannahs the state of New York increased by