Friday, September 16, 2011

Road Trip!



What kind of nut would allow this ping pong ball of emotion to accompany her on a two-day road trip?

One of my besties, Karen, that's who.

She is in Oregon dropping off her daughter at college. She mentioned she would have a long drive back to California alone, so I bought a plane ticket and will fly up today to help her drive back this weekend.

I love road trips in general and think it will be good for me to get out of this slippery mixing bowl of memories that is my house right now.

We'll hit the road early Saturday morning, and I plan to be in a candy coma by 9:00am. Skittles, Smarties, Mounds Bars, and Red Vines: the four food groups required for a fine traveling experience. I'll pair them with massive amounts of Diet Pepsi over pebbled ice in a plastic cup. Ahhhhh...now that's livin'.

Recent events have sent me backwards lately and progress on this journey of mine has been slow. Also, I've been looking in the rearview way too much.

Maybe feeling an actual road beneath me, feeling the air pass through my hair and making progress on a route I've never been on before will inspire me to do the same in my life.

And maybe, just maybe, I'll hum along to the music on the radio and it will remind that somewhere inside of me, however faint right now, is a new song just waiting to be sung.


53 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

Betty! Perfect! A road trip! I got goosebumps when I read this. Those are my something good is happening indicators.

Onward and Upward!

The Time Sculptor said...

Betty... how wonderful to see this little spark of fire starting to burn in your heart! You are beginning to hear the song of your future, and however many backwards steps you take along the way, you are moving forward - slowly but surely. Hope you have lots of fun with your friend on this roadtrip! Singing, smiling and sweeties :-)
Jane Gray

Siv Maria said...

Road trip is just what you need now! Have fun with the wind in your hair and all the sugar :)

Texas Yellow Rose said...

A road trip is certainly just the thing. Trust me. Been there, done that. You are healing and growing stronger already, listening for that tune that sings happiness and peace. Have fun!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Excellent notion, Betty! Never start a road trip without Skittles is my philosophy. ☺ Happy Travels!

“Voyage, travel, and change of place impart vigor” Seneca...Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD

Leah J. Utas said...

Yay! Go you! Betty that's a wonderful thing to do. Happy Candy Coma.

Flartus said...

You go, girl! Here's a tidbit of information for you...you know the saying about getting out just for a "change of scenery?" Well, the French equivalent says we travel pour changer les idées. I'm sure you'll get some new ideas on this trip, and maybe leave some old ones behind.

Bon voyage!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Betty, you go, enjoy, and eat all the sugar you want!

Shelly said...

Candy + Road Trip + Diet soda = great weekend. You deserve it-

Linda said...

I love your road trip diet. Except for the "diet" in front of "Pepsi," it sounds very much like mine. :) Have a wonderful weekend and let the healing begin.

LittleSilkDress said...

Marvelous idea! Have a great weekend, Betty! And eat a red vine for me, please :).

Pearl said...

The road is a great place to be when you're feeling a bit unmoored. It's a big world out there, and many places for you and your lovely sense of humor to be appreciated.

Pearl

Catherine said...

A road trip with a best friend sounds like the perfect kind of medicine! Taken with a mound of sugar and diet pop should be just about right. Safe trip friend and let your troubles blow in the breeze. Best of luck finding a new song!

xo Catherine

TechnoBabe said...

Spending too much time looking in the rear view mirror will drag you down. And keep you from being in the present. Which is a gift. I hope you enjoy the road trip. You are a nice friend to accompany your gal friend when she drops off her daughter at college.

Daisy said...

A road trip sounds like a perfect idea to me. Just getting out and doing something not in your usual routine will help you to have a new perspective, I think. Have a wonderful time with your friend and have a great weekend, Betty! :-)

ellen abbott said...

Oh, yes, yes. Just what you need I think.

Out on the prairie said...

Now that is the spirit. I always say when the goings get tough the tough go shopping, or in this case a road trip. Headed out myself.

Old Kitty said...

Candy heaven, diet pepsi, doing a Thelma and Louise without the bad bits - sounds wonderful!!! Enjoy the road trip, BB and keep going forwards!! Take care
x

Madi and Mom said...

EXCELLENT idea BB just what you need a change of pace, scenery and some fresh air in your lungs!!
Have a very good weekend and safe travels home.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Sush said...

Sounds like an excellent way to get a fresh perspective and HAVE FUN!

Dear friends are there for you when you need them enjoy the candy, pepsi and run with the wind!

Hugs~

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Good for you Betty, have a wonderful time. It may be a turning point which you can't ignore.

Have a wonderful week-end.
Yvonne.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. what a lovely idea - sounds just right .. time away, different space and just the rolling road ahead .. and time to chat -

Have a great time with Karen .. cheers Hilary

john said...

Road trip good. Party on Dude[ttes]...

Jayne said...

Hooray! Roll down the window and let your hair blow wildly in the wind.

A new road to follow... that is wonderful. See, all the world really does conspire. ;)

EmptyNester said...

Excellent idea! So glad you're going. AND, if you want to come over to Charleston, SC- we'll be glad to put you up! Don't rush it Sweetie- let time do it's thing. We're all here for you.

Marlene said...

God bless your friend Karen, and I am SO HAPPY to see you doing something nice for yourself!! You get out there and ENJOY this road trip!

McGuffy Ann said...

Fun, fun, fun!! Yea Betty! You go, Girl!

Brian said...

Yep, do you good it will! Stop often for treats!!!

Ms. A said...

That's the spirit! I'm thinking about you. Have a wonderful trip!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I love this post. "A new song just waiting to be sung" <--this makes me smile. There are countless new songs for you.

Go easy on yourself, Betty. It's all so new. You aren't moving slowly. You're just dealing with a huge knockdown, but you're still standing.

Love and faith to you,
xoRobyn

Ann said...

I think a road trip is a fabulous idea. Just what the doctor ordered I think. Enjoy yourself, you deserve it.

Pat said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL idea! Have a great time! Nothing like candy to go with that Diet Pepsi! *wink*

Tabor said...

Have not been reading your posts since the big change in your life...but it is because I am on travel with only sporadic internet access...not that I could help. You sound solid and wise and that is what one hopes for those passing through such milestones.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Wishing you happy trails, and safe travels!

A road trip sounds like just the ticket!

Just don't get one.

A speeding ticket, that is!

karen said...

There is NOTHING like spending time with a good girl friend, singing along with the radio, and talking about EVERYTHING. It's exactly what you need to do to clear your head a bit and rediscover who you are.

Gigi said...

Have a great trip and be safe.

Shan said...

Happy trails to you
(bom ba dee dah bom ba dee dah).

Laura Eno said...

Just what you need! Have an awesome trip - laugh, cry, scream, eat too much - do whatever will break you out of that rearview vision!

SueAnn said...

Have a great trip! Oh and don't forget the Fritoes!! Ha!! And stop at e every Cracker Barrel that you see along the way!!
You arew doing good girl...don't beat yourself up. It takes time!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Eva Gallant said...

This road trip sounds like the perfect medicine for the blahs!

rainbow said...

Have a GREAT TIME. Oregon is such a beautiful place, you will not need that rearview mirror. You will be too busy looking at the view ahead.

LOVE TO YOU and YOUR BOYS

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Talli Roland said...

Betty, this sounds perfect! Thinking of you and hoping this gives you some distance. Hugs!

jenny_o said...

Love how you've caught the reflection in the car's chrome.

Hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable trip. It's good to get away even for a short time.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Woohoo!!! Road trip! I love driving, especially to someplace I've never been.
You're riding with all my favorites except the Smarties. I'll have to go with Swedish Fish instead even though my dentist said to leave them alone.

lisleman said...

I like to take some good CD mixes along but if you are chatting all the time the music is not so important. Hope you don't car sick with that sweet car diet of your.

Miriam said...

Good on you! I personally think Smarties can cure just about any heartache. And there's nothing like escaping, even if it's just for a few days!

Donna said...

You're having FUN I hope!!!!
I'm in Ruidoso, NM this week and won't return to central Texas until Friday... I'm playing catch-up on my IPad!
Hughugs

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hey Betty-- I hope the road trip is a total blast!!!! Enjoy the ride, friendship and the treats.
xo jj

Mary said...

Best friend, road trip, Smarties, lots of chat, plenty of laughter ... better than any medicine for healing, you'll see.
Onwards and upwards Betty. Have a great time.

Sara said...

Hurrah for Oregon! Hurrah for Diet Pepsi and Red Vines! Hurrah for a best friend not 12" from you for hours on end. Hurrah for rolled down windows and breathing in life! ♥

GreatGranny said...

YES, a good thing right now and totally enjoy yourself.

Hilary said...

Looking forward to hearing all about it. Be safe.

Baby Sister said...

Candy/chocolate and caffeine (especially Pepsi) are the best way to ease a troubled soul.