Monday, March 22, 2010

Driving to Nowhere

[Side note before I start writing. I wanted to thank those of you who take the time to read my blog. I know that in our crazy schedules every minute is valuable and that you would spend a few moments of your time here... thank you. For those of you who have decided to jump on board this crazy train and follow along while I find my way in the blogosphere, a special thank you to you as well. If you just stopped by for the first time from someone else's blog, or 20sb, or by some other random way, welcome. Thanks for taking the time to check this out. Remember in our crazy, over-scheduled, over-stimulated world that the little things in life can wait, The Sunset Won't. Remember the sunset. Enjoy every minute of the life you are living. Find the things that make you happy.]

It has been five days since my last blog. I went almost 3 full days without my computer. It's sad when after 48 hours you feel lost without internet. And now I am finding that the little wheels inside my head are running way to fast as I try to figure out what I want to write about in this blog. The original plan to write about my crazy weekend is still there. But I am realizing that to cover it all in one blog that isn't obnoxiously long would be impossible.

I can however start with the fact that on Saturday I was in three different states in a span of 6 hours. From Friday afternoon to Sunday night I drove (by myself which can get boring after awhile) just over 17 hours (including stops and driving around at destinations). In a 40 hour period. CRAZY! I typically enjoy driving. And I usually don't mind driving by myself because I love music and my iPod can usually last me awhile in a car ride.

But after a couple hours your legs start to hurt. And then another hour or so later your back starts to ache. And, have I mentioned that I have broken my tailbone 3 times. Sitting that long without being able to move is painful. But, on the positive side it was a beautiful weekend here weather wise. And my iPod, for the most part was entertaining. I am very thankful that I have an iPod and a car that run. And getting some alone time was nice.

Sometimes driving on an open highway can be nice. I have always found that I like driving through small towns downtown areas. They are full of charm and character in their old buildings. As a history person, sometimes its fun to think of all the people who have walked those very streets in the century or so that the buildings have been standing. Think of the things they have seen.

So back to my trip. Friday I started in the Twin Cities and drove to a small outlet mall about an hour south. Then I cut across the southeastern part of the state to Winona, MN which is where I went to college. It's fun to go back every once in awhile to reminisce about school and visit some of my old favorite places. Next I went to LaCrosse, WI. I was meeting my parents there. Saturday morning my brother's show choir was performing in a competition. Saturday morning we woke bright and early to head to the convention center to watch them perform. Following his performance I headed to Sioux Falls, SD. Then I picked up a relative and headed to Freeman, SD for Schmeckfest, a German tasting festival, that I go to almost every year. After dinner and the play there I headed back to Sioux Falls for the night. Sunday afternoon I left Sioux Falls and headed back to the Twin Cities.

I got home just in time to watch episode 2 of "The Pacific" on HBO. But that is for another post. As is Schmeckfest itself, my take on some recent sports happenings, the tv show "Who Do You Think You Are?," and a post on family. See, those crazy wheels in my head, still spinning. Lovely, isn't it?

My Trip:


  1. 1. I need to learn to drive.

    2. I read this sentence twice. "Saturday morning my brother's show choir was performing in a competition." before my ears pricked up and my brain went 'Glee? Like in Glee? GLEE?'

  2. No driving? Sometimes I wish I didn't drive so that I didn't have to spend so much money on gas. But it is nice to have the freedom to get around.

    Haha. Yes, similar to Glee! It's a lot of fun, I did it for 2 years. Glee misrepresents it a little (we actually use the same songs for an entire competition season you don't change it up as often as they do). But generally its a good look into show choir.

  3. I love that you did this! That's fantastic! I wish I could just pack up and do that! I sold my car to move to a city and probably won't have a car again for a few years!


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