Monday, April 28, 2008

Road Trip Necessities

These two items have become *key* elements of our many road trips over the last year.  With so much time spent flying along highways and interstates, we've come to rely on Tom Tom to keep us updated on the miles and hours ahead, good spots for pit stops, and how to navigate around the towns where we stop to spend the night or stretch our legs.  (Tom Tom was a Christmas gift from my effort to assist me in reaching my Austin destinations while minimizing my frustration and road rage as I tried to find my way around the Austin roads, which I find incredibly confusing!  But that's a whole other post...  Tom Tom quickly became my beloved car companion and a trusty addition to our road trips.)

The Sonic drink, well that's just to make the trip a little less of a chore (mostly for me!).  While my hubby loves road trips, I don't share his interest or enjoyment of hours spent the car.  On most days we spend on the road, between the hours of 2:00 & 4:00 in the afternoon, my eyes are peeled for the Sonic symbol on the food-stop signs along the interstate whizzing by my window.  It's Sonic Happy of my favorite discoveries!  I'd never had one of the absolutely refreshing and delicious Sonic drinks before we were married.  I was introduced to the Strawberry Limeade Slush on one of our road adventures last summer and was instantly hooked!  I've tried other flavors and variations, but quickly decided this one was far superior and have since stuck solely to the Strawberry Limeade Slush.  Not only do I love the sweet tangy flavor that seems to be a somewhat more tangy and adult version of the red Icee that was the highlight of my trips to Kmart as a kid, I derive great pleasure from successfully pulling those strawberry pieces up through my straw.  Yum....  

The other road trip necessity that is a saving grace for me amidst days spent on the road are layovers and stops where we get to visit with friends along the way.  They provide a fun break from hours in the car and a chance to enjoy meals and conversation with people we love.  By far the highlight of driving trips for me!  On our recent drive from Ohio to Texas, we were able to make two friend stops:  one in Nashville to visit my college friend Ryan and his new bride, Kat, and another in Monroe, Louisiana to catch up with my childhood friend Nhu and her precious family!  Nhu has a sweet 2 year old with a big personality and an 8 week old doll that we had a ton of fun spending time with.  How cute are they?

We arrived back in Austin on Thursday evening after several days on the road and being away from home for 5 weeks.  It was fabulous to be back in our own cozy bed!  

I'm laid up today due to some persistent and annoying pain in my left foot and my sweet hubby is being my "fetch boy" while I try to get caught up on a few things from the couch, while I await a doctor's appointment to see what's going on.  We were super busy around the house this past weekend and have made some significant progress on the ongoing process of settling in to our home.  I'm excited to share some photos of what we've been up to later this week!


The Nester said...

How did I ever miss this blog? I am off to link to it as well!

Tracey said...

I am longing for a Sonic drink. We don't have Sonic here and it is the first thing I look for when we travel...they have the best ice!