Tales from the road

12 Jul

In the car.

DynaGirl:  I’ve got a wedgie.

BigHugs: Don’t say that, DynaGirl.  That’s inappropriate.

Chuck: Where’d she get that?

Mr. T: Probably from me.

DynaGirl: No, probably from me.

Mr. T: I say that, too.

DynaGirl: Yeah, but not as much as me because you’re the one always saying the inappropriate things.

That’s a true statement.


Still in the car.

Chuck: We’re coming up on the cinnamon bathroom.  Should we stop?

Me: Anyone need to use the bathroom?

Goose: Yes!

Me: DynaGirl, do you want to use the bathroom?

DynaGirl: Yes, very much so.

BigHugs: This is the best bathroom in the whole wide world.

Another true statement.


Bedtime, towards the end of our stay.

Goose: Time is mean.  Whenever you’re having fun, it goes by fast.  Whenever you’re having so much not fun, it goes by slow.

Wisdom beyond her years.


And the highlight of the trip.  For me.

DynaGirl: You’re good at painting nails.

Me: It’s easier when you’re not doing it to yourself.  Plus, I’m old—I’ve had more practice.

DynaGirl: You’re not old, you’re middle-aged.



22 Responses to “Tales from the road”

  1. Kamilli Vanilli July 12, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Hope you guys had a good trip! We’ll have to catch up tomorrow at the birthday celebration.

    I’m glad to know that middle-aged is not technically “old.”

  2. tawnya July 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Well, it was LOVELY seeing your middle aged self! I’m still pulling (probably permanently…) for the move!

  3. Boquinha July 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    WOWZERS! I didn’t know you went all Pepto Bismol polka dotted on your blog! Where have I been? I love these dialog posts. I want a follow-up on the bathroom, though. Is it still everything you hoped it would be?

  4. Shazbraz July 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Awesome indeed. So nice to see you; sorry I was grouchy!

    • bythelbs July 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

      I only knew you were grouchy because you said you were. I thought you were perfectly pleasant. How ’bout that haircut?

  5. bythelbs July 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    Kamilli—Yes, so much catching up to do.

    Tawnya—It WAS lovely. I wish we could do it more than once a year. Build us an airplane manufacturing facility, and we’re totally there!

    Boquinha—I got tired of the nuts and the sterile white background. And I’m calling it salmon, thank you very much. Harumph! And yes, the bathroom is still fabulous.

    • Boquinha July 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

      Ah, salmon. Ross had a Salmon-colored shirt. 🙂

      • bythelbs July 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

        This is me hitting my fists/elbows together in front of your face.


  6. Shazbraz July 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Yay! I’m a good actress! (you like me…you really…..oh, sorry, can’t do it.)

    The haircut is good! Nothing special, but I like it. I may be past the age for special.

    • bythelbs July 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

      There’s an age for special?? Darn, I think I missed it!

      And yes, Sally, I really like you.

  7. Boquinha July 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    I wish I had a witty retort, but let me just say . . .


  8. Susan M July 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    One of the characters in Catch-22 tries to make life as boring as possible because it makes time go by slower, which means he’s living longer.

    • Boquinha July 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

      I’m reading Catch-22 right now!

      My gosh. This post, this blog design, these comments . . . they seem to give me such fodder for more to say! Your comment number is climbing. Look how popular I’m making you look! 😛

  9. evitafjord July 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    We are mid-road trip right now. Not really mid actually since tonight is the first night. We’re in Kansas at any rate, which is not Texas and so I’m delighted. We will be headed down 84 in about 10 days, so I’m going to try to need a restroom by Boise. We’re spending that night in Ontario, so that should be just about right, I think?

  10. bythelbs July 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Susan—But is a life that boring worth living?? Is Catch-22 worth reading?

    Boquinha—I think at least half of these comments are mine.

    Evita—Yes, that sounds just about right. You must stop. Texas, Kansas, Idaho, Oregon??? That sounds like quite the road trip. And a lot of rest stops. I was thinking in one of the less desirable restrooms we were in on our road trip, that I should have documented all of our rest stops with pictures. Maybe I’ll do that next trip.

    • evitafjord July 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

      Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington (through Spokane to Western), Oregon, other end of Idaho, Utah, Colorado again, briefly Oklahoma again, Texas. We live way too far away from our families.

  11. Julie A July 13, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    I’m late. To the party — that’s all, I swear.

    Anyway, I loved these conversations and I was just wondering myself if the cinnamon bathroom had regressed in its awesomeness since last year. I’m glad to hear it hasn’t.

    And goodness, it was so awesome to see you! And everyone else. But YOU!!!!!

  12. Lora July 13, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Twas good to meet you! and I love that your daughter says middle aged isn’t old! more like that please.

  13. bythelbs July 13, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Evita—You are a brave, brave woman.

    Julie—Yes, at long last!

    Lora—You, too. So, so good.

  14. Alison Wonderland July 13, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I’ve recounted the tale of the cinnamon bathroom to a few folks that I work with. They don’t believe it.

  15. madhousewife July 13, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I love the legend of the cinnamon bathroom.

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