Friday, August 12, 2011

Our 14 hour day

Aaron had an interview on Wednesday in Mechanicsburg, PA.  For us, that's 5.5 hours from home.  I was so worried about the trip when I woke up that morning, was making my breakfast (just toast, nothing fancy) and got sick.  I hadn't even eaten yet.  That made me so nervous because, as you know, I've been battling morning sickness throughout my pregnancy.  Despite that fact, we packed a cooler with ice, water, strawberries, cheese, and the homemade applesauce.  Then we had another bag with dried fruit, trail mixes, almonds, and Wafernusse (you should purchase some at Aldi, like STAT, if you've never had it).  We set off and I decided I would start the driving since after being sick I started to feel a bit better.  After about an hour I knew belly needed food, so I ate some saltines in the car.  Then I was well enough to try some trail mix.  Oh my goodness, thank you Aldi for White Mountain Trail Mix.  It was just what this girl needed.  It had pineapple, cranberries, white chocolate chips, and peanuts.  I think that was it.  It was just what I needed though.  We made it almost 3.5 hours before I had to stop and go to the bathroom.

Just to give you an idea of our route, here is a map of it! So the map makes it look like a much shorter journey than it was but trust me, it was long. :D

However, there is no one else I would prefer to take a road trip with than my wonderful husband.  He is the absolute best road trip partner in the world.  We can enjoy talking to each other, making each other laugh, listening/singing along with music, and just enjoying the quiet together.  Once we arrived in Mechanicsburg, we found the school then went back to a store so Aaron could change for his interview.  Then back to the school we went.  We were about an hour early, but that was ok with us, because we needed to allot time in the event we got lost, had more potty breaks, ran into construction, etc.  I was going to wait out in the car, snack, read, play electronic yahtzee, etc, while Aaron was in there, but the kind secretaries invited me inside to sit in the A/C.

While we were waiting, I was reading, Rewriting America's History by Catherine Millard.  Man, that is a good book.  Aaron and I have been on this kick of trying to really study true history.  We've been watching the American Heritage Series by David Barton and we're both reading this book.  It's amazing how interesting History can be when you're actually learning about the people who helped create history and how much they were impacted by their relationship with Christ.  I DID NOT like history very much growing up.  My roommate Sally can vouch for that.  In like 2 days, I've read 100 pages of the book.  For me, that's fantastic, (trust me).  So yeah, I'm learning more about history and it's fantastic! :)

Aaron came out of his interview very excited.  He felt like the interview went very well.  For that we are very thankful.  Then we decided to drive around for a little while and get a feel of the town.  We were looking around to hopefully see apartments but apparently the road we took was the equivalency of Peach St in Erie so it was full of restaurants, shopping, and 18 GAZILLION car dealerships.  It was just ridiculous.  Aaron and I were very excited to see a Ross Dress for Less, Wegman's, Chick-Fil-A, and Ollie's Bargain Outlet, some of our favorite stores in Erie.   We decided to stop looking around and went to Chick-Fil-A for dinner! That made a happy tummy for me.  Aaron was also happy because since I've been pregnant I've had trouble finishing a full meal, so he gets all the left overs.  

On the way back, Aaron drove, which was a nice break for me :).  I took out a notepad and wrote down all the things I could remember from the trip so that I could make a blog post!  Nerdy, maybe, but I really enjoyed writing things down.  Here are some of the random things I wrote down:

1. Goats For Sale on PA-34 made me think of my friend, Sky, as she loves goats.
2. "You can't laugh at me, that was my serious goat voice." - My husband.  I don't remember what it was in regards to but it was hilarious.
3. Jars of Clay, Redemption Songs and Caedmon's Calls, Chronicles are our 2 favorite CDs to listen to when driving I've decided. 
4. Cool days make pleasant road trips.  (It only reached the mid 70s that day :D). 
5. Construction on bridges scares me.
6. Apparently Electric Avenue is located off of US322. 
7. There's a random ferris wheel off of US322 near Reedsville.
8. I need to add some more artists to my pandora station.
9. If you want your husband to stop singing 1,000 bottles of beer on the wall, put on Caedmon's Call, Chronicles.  Works like a charm.
10.  I need to write a blog post on the song "Thankful" by Caedmon's Call sometime.  One of my favorite songs ever. 
11. There are a TON of semis on I-80.  Aaron said, "Cars are just hitchhikers on the backs of those beasts." and "Right lane semis, left lane cars."

Then around 10:30 pm.  We arrived back home.  HUZZAH!!! 

Please be praying that God would just have His Will done in our lives.  

What do you do to cure the road trip blues?  What are some of your favorite road trip snacks?  Do you stop for meals or pack your own?


  1. I've learned after a year of taking that exact route (minus the last hour...teehee), that you shouldn't pass semis while going downhill on 80. And getting stuck behind a semi on 322 is unfortunate, because there's only one lane for lots of it and they go super slow up hill.

    I also always HATE to stop on a roadtrip, which means eating and pottying and gas-ing before departing and making it as far as possible without stopping again. I just turn the music up and drive :-) Driving is fun for me, a good way to de-stress. Especially if I'm driving alone.

  2. awww glad the trip and interview went well!! hope the best comes for you both!!


I'd would love to know you stopped by. Leave us a message and I'll get back to you!

Add This

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Search This Blog