Thursday, February 09, 2006

Traveling Sucks

Who could possibly hate to travel, you ask?

Me…:) I love going to see different places, I just hate the process of getting there. My family and I just returned from Baton Rouge. My husband has family there and we went to visit with his brother for a few days. The trip was nice, but it didn’t start out that way.

Gas for the 1 ½ hour drive to the Nashville airport…$20.00

Bill for my future doctor visit for the heart attack I almost had when airport security knocked my laptop off the conveyer belt…yes, they knocked it off the conveyer belt…$ unknown, that bill hasn’t come in yet for me, but laptop did come through fine, thank god.

Snacks, drinks and various other items to keep the kids occupied on the flight…$22.00. Don’t you just love airports.

Bottle of Excedrin Migraine for the headache I got from sitting between two children on the plane who continually reached over me to slap at one another for whatever reason…$6.00.

Lunch in Chicago, our layover, because the kids insisted they were starved…of course they were. They used up all that energy fighting and driving their poor mother insane…$30.00.

Oh, yes. Car seat for younger daughter because mother couldn’t possibly carry anything else and Enterprise didn’t have any…$80.00

A pilot husband who just finished his last flight of the day and met a travel weary mother at the gate and took over her demon children…priceless.

Ah yes. Traveling is so much fun.

Once we arrived at my brother-in-law’s we had a wonderful time. We took the kids to the zoo, then went shopping at the local mall. Okay, like our suitcases aren’t crammed with enough stuff, let’s add more. We toured a few plantation homes. Houmas House was my favorite. It was absolutely beautiful. And the tour guide was hilarious. It was definitely worth the stop.

Going home…well, that took some maneuvering. We fly non-rev, which means we take whatever flight looks to be the best option. This time, we were headed to St. Louis, then on to Nashville. Thank god, I hate Chicago…:( We had to wait until all the revenue passengers boarded to see if there would be enough seats, but we made it and got the last four. I glanced skyward and said a silent prayer of thanks…:)

It was a beautiful day in Baton Rouge, but snowing in St. Louis, wouldn’t you know it. Turbulence was bad, but my youngest daughter took it all in stride and entertained the plane by laughing and yelling, "Do it again." Yep, you can tell she’s my husband’s daughter.

We finally made it home to our house in the mountains. I threw the suitcases in the laundry room to be sorted through later and plopped my weary butt into a chair relieved that the whole ordeal was over. You need a vacation to get over your vacation.

In honor of our trip, I'm giving away a copy of It's Only Physical; part of which takes place at this very plantation, Oak Alley and the French Quarter of New Orleans. Just post on the blog, tell us about your favorite vacation and I'll pick the winner later tonight.

Happy and uneventful traveling...:)

Wickedly yours,


Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

Need a laugh? Visit this's my travel log to the Isle of Tiree.

Never heard of Tiree? It's in the middle of NOWHERE, Scotland.

We didn't go back in 2003. In fact, after this trip, I haven't gone overseas.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Darragha, I will visit your blog because I LOVE Scotland.

Trista Ann, I'm with you in not being fond of O'Hare, but I'm not all that crazy about St. Louis, either! Some airports are definitely more fun and easier to deal with than others.

I actually have two favorite vacations, both with hubby. One in London and the other in San Francisco. Both trips were relaxing and so much fun we've talked about them for years.

I love that your daughter wanted the plane to "do it again!" LOL


9:53 AM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

Myrtle Beach! I had never seen the ocean before. I loved it. There was a whole group that went. It was very fun. I can't wait to go back.

9:58 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

Favorite vacation was to Victoria,
B.C. Canada with sisters, sister-in-law and Mom before she passed away; loved the Butchart Gardens.

10:01 AM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said... want to split a gut? Wet your undies? Laugh so hard people will wonder what the heck you're doing?

Read my travel journal. It was the adventure into hell---and I'm referring to Heathrow Airport.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Sherrill Quinn said...

One of my favorite vacations was to the Natchez Trail in Mississippi. The antebellum homes were beautiful, but I was more interested in the ones that were in ruins or weren't finished. The history behind them... it was great.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

My favorite vacation was when I traveled to Europe in 1984.

However, I just got back from another fabulous vacation in Vegas. *G* I should not be allowed to travel alone.*WEG*

That's all I wanna do this summer!....TRAVEL! myself!...*G*

Och, ah wanna travel tae Scotland. Darragha,I'll visit yir blog, tae. Ah loove anythin' and everythin' Scottish. Some o' ma best lovers were Scotsman.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Trista Ann Michaels said...

I haven't seen Scottland yet, but I will someday. When my kids are grown...:)

I think my favorite vaca, was when the whole family went to Disney World. 9 people crammed in a three bedroom condo at the disney resort. It wasn't the destination as much as it was all of us being together. We had a blast and I hope to be able to do it again one day.

Vegas sounds like fun but I don't have the willpower to go there. I don't know to when to say when...LOL.

My daughter is going to be like her dad. The thrill seeking, go getter who loves to fly. She's already told me she wants flying lessons so she can fly like her daddy. Dh says he'll teach her when she gets a little older, but I don't know if that's such a good idea. It's bad enough when dad's teach their daughters how to drive, imagine a dad trying to teach her how to fly...LOL.

12:18 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

I just re-read my travel journal. I'm laughing. God, what a trip we had.

Me...fat...short...loud...non-athletic...screaming in the aiport, "We're taking a bus to America?"

I'm telling you again...wanna laugh? Read the thing. :)

12:54 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Dee said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip despite dealing with kids. My favorite trip? I haven't taken it yet. But someday it will be to the British Isles.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

I hate traveling, but love it once we get to where we're going! My favorite place is Topsail, NC. Love to see the ocean - it's so relaxing! We used to take our kids (4) plus my sister's kids (2) with us when they were younger. Spend 12-14 hours in a car with six kids and you are glad to arrive at your destination! I can still remember those car trips! We used to have a really good time with the kids once we got to Topsail. Now that the kids are grown, my husband and I go by ourselves - it's so much more relaxing! LOL The last time we went to Topsail, we were walking on the beach one day (it was raining) and we saw a double rainbow over the entire ocean. I will never forget the sight - it was awesome!

2:50 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

Bonnie...I've been to the British least one of them...that's what my holiday journal is about. It is not easy to island hop. It takes planning and lots of money...and even more patience!

3:05 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Hi Trista, my favourite vacation was to Hong Kong because I got to meet my favourite TVB actor and got to take photos with him as well as his autograph. It was a dream come true for me.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Trista Ann Michaels said...

I think Hong Kong would be so cool. I hear it's very pretty there.


5:12 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I think my favorite was my honeymoon in Seattle just because it was just me and my husband. We went whale watching with a company in Everett and it was so cool. We saw about 80 whales that day, as well as bald eagles, seals, and sea lions.

And the hotel we stayed at was great. I can't wait to go back someday.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

I went to New Orleans, and from there on a cruise to mexico. Then when we came home we went to Panama City Beach for couple of days. It was a blast.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Rae Morgan said...

God, Trista, you sound just like me. LOL I always need a week before and after a trip to get things "done" -- I hate going on vacation since my hubby wants to do things on vacation. Me? I need to rest on my vacation (can you say island beach, a pile of books or my Rocket and a drink with a little umbrella in it?) from the prep to go on vacation and then for getting caught up from going on vacation.

Of course hubby can't see the problem -- since he doesn't do anything to get ready for a vacation but buy the tickets and throw some underwear and a few shirts in a bag (which I then have to unpack so my stuff will fit into the same bag).


10:41 AM  
Blogger Rae Morgan said...

I visited your blog. You and Dennis are brave, brave travelers. I would've given up in Canada.



11:03 AM  

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