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Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Week

These text-blogs were all sent from my cell phone, and recap the week from the moment I lost internet the night we packed the last of the moving truck in Arizona, to when we got to my mother's house in New York.

Friday 3/27 @ 10:21pm:
A long goodbye party at the Smith's preceding a long night packing the trailer. Letting Ro stay up past her bedtime for once.

Saturday 3/28 @ 2:24am:
The night is cold and clear and full of stars. It is two in the morning and we are still loading the trailer. No rest for the wicked.

2:21pm:
There is an overwhelming silence in an empty house. We're leaving town later than anticipated.

4:02pm:
An awkward haggling war with the landlord over the security deposit. The worst is over. We're on the road to Sedona now.

5:11pm:
Hasty dinner at the Duck & Decanter, Zack and I's 'spot' since we first began dating. The first time we had the joy of Ro joining us.

6:33pm:
Elevation steadily increasing, temperature steadily decreasing.

7:17pm:
So tired- bypassed Sedona and headed right for Flagstaff. Tall pines, woodsmoke and skunk- it smells like heaven!

Sunday 3/29 @ 7:51am:
Between the altitude and the space heater, we're feeling dried out. It's 35 degrees out, I have to put a coat and hat on Ro so she can go play!

9:49am:
Only a half hour off schedule, greeting the day with optimism. We're en route to Albuquerque now.

10:46am:
Detoured to see Meteor Crater but were thwarted by exorbitant entry fees. Space cows will have to suffice.

3:15pm:
Just drove the complete leg from Flagstaff to Albuquerque myself. First snow sighting at the border! Now, dinner.

4:08pm:
A margarita, fresh salsa and chiles rellenos at Sadie's. Hits the spot!

4:27pm:
Oh my word, there's sopaipillas with honey, too.

5:01pm:
Dinner was amazing- full and cozy in our comfy pants we press on to Raton.

Monday 3/30 @ 9:13am:
Good morning, icy cold world! One hour off schedule, but we needed that sleep. Onward to Denver!

9:30am:
I missed taking a photo of the 'Welcome to Colorful Colorado' sign because my can of Starbucks exploded in my lap. Damn altitude.

11:02am:
Stopped to get de-icer and a scraper. Bring it on, winter! 

11:45am:
Colorado reminds me almost convincingly of Switzerland.

4:01pm:
Dinner at Casa Bonita with Zack's friend Chris. Lots to see and do to tire Ro out. Now, the greuling push through Kansas.

5:33pm:
Kansas: now with 50% less NOTHING.

Tuesday 3/31 @ 9:05am:
Dropped dead into our KOA cabin at 3am. Woke up to a frigid Kansas morning. Now, on the road again.

9:40am:
Every time I go under an overpass I assess it for how well it would protect me in the event of a tornado.

9:52am:
Lunch at Steak n' Shake as per Cairenn's direct orders before leaving Mesa.

4:35pm:
Broody stormclouds and rain in eastern Illinois. It's oddly comforting.

4:49pm:
Zack's desperate search for White Castle continues into Indiana...

6:16pm:
Midwest culinary objectives complete.

Thursday 4/2 @ 6:21am:
Had a wonderful time with the Parker-Skaggs household. It was by no means relaxing, but the kids had a blast!

8:44am:
Imperitave stop at Potbelly Sandwich Works for lunch. Then on to Bodhi in northern Ohio.

3:31pm:
A charming stroll through sweet Chagrin Falls with Bodhi, ducked into the amazingly diverse beverage shop for some Ommegang.

4:43:
Warm pasta and cold beer in a beautiful, cozy house full of people I love.

Friday 4/3 @ 8:42am:
A tasty breakfast in a cozy kitchen, a rainy morning, a happy daughter. Onward to New York!

10:59am:
Welcome to New York.

5:03pm:
Dinner at the Neptune Diner with Nana and Papa. Then the last drive of the trip: we're going home.

9:34pm:
Mom's house. We're here.

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