She’s gone country

28 May

The drive to Indiana started out ok.

I got my traditional breakfast of Dunkin Donuts egg white turkey sausage flatbread along with a cup of joe (but with an extra shot of espresso)

And I gotta say, not a fan of their flatbread they’ve been using recently. I noticed they changed it in the past year. The bread now seems tougher and lacks the flavor of the previously one used. Thank God, Lincoln was the only one in the car with me while eating this because it was one of the unsexiest things I’ve devoured. I was practically gnawing at the sandwich just trying to get one bite. I must write DD soon and voice my opinion because unsexy flatbreads aren’t good for anyone.

Homeboy looks confused why I am trying so hard for a little bite of food.

So, I drove. The drive heading west into Tennessee moved very slow due to the rain in the mountains but once we went across the TN border, it turned into a gorgeous and peaceful  day.

Until I turned on the radio.

All country, all the time. Ok, I lie, all country and Christian rock music. These Christian rock folk are sneaky too. I would be jammin to the song then all of a sudden I listen to the lyrics and hearing about sacrificing, loving Jesus, etc. I am all for the J man but not with music. Especially when I was listening to Nine Inch Nails “Closer” a half hour before. So the country came on and  I listened Mostly because I was too lazy to grab a cd or turn on Pandora. I like torturing myself like that. Then “Strawberry Wine” by Deanna Carter came on. I haven’t heard that song in ages and wore out the cd “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” when I was in high school. I actually still use that saying whenever I have a bad date. I’m not a country music gal at all but I did go through a small stage in high school and time after college where it’s all I listened to. I blame this on working at Roadhouse Grill as a hostess and dating a guy from Texas, respectively. I listened to the country station after that and heard a song and thought it was cute. I was thinking to myself “Please don’t be Taylor Swift, please don’t be Taylor Swift” and yeah, it turned out to be “Mean” by the Swift bunny. Grrr. I don’t like that girl. I don’t know if it’s because she is so tall, lanky, looks like an evil bunny rabbit (I affectionately call her Donnie Darko), that we share the same birthday or that she does the love sign with her hands all the time when I was doing it way before her but I just don’t like her. Yet, I was jammin to her song and contemplated downloading the song.

Maybe I can get on board with country music?

Not only was the music a let down, the snack department was disappointing. I grabbed this Oikos greek yogurt from the fridge since I  could always use a container of protein loving

I think I’ve been spoiled by Chobani because no other greek yogurt comes even close to theirs. Like the Yoplait yogurt I tried a few weeks ago, I wasn’t a fan of the Oikos.

I brought a coconut water with me

Nasty as well. I struggled just to choke down 1/3 of this and poured the remainder out at a rest stop. It wasn’t overly sweet or tart, it was just nasty and not like other coconut water I’ve tried. I will be staying away from the passion fruit flavor in the future.

In true Frugal Friday fashion, lunch was free! When in Kentucky, I stopped for gas and when I went in to go pay for a Diet Coke, I saw this sign

Oh, it was on. Gas station pizza may not be the best option for lunch but I’m not one to turn down pizza.

Look at those mini puddles of grease sitting on the pepperoni, yum.After a few blots of a napkin, Lincoln and I shared the piece then went on our way through Kentucky.

The drivers in Kentucky were crazy—the speed limit was 70 mph and I was going 80 mph but I felt like everyone else was going at least 90mph. I kept getting over in the right hand lane to let people pass and I’m not going to go off on a rant but some people out there really need to learn that the left lane is passing lane. You don’t just sit there and hang out. If someone is behind you, move over and let them go. I cannot stand the coasters.

I was getting a bit worried because I had a coupon for Chick Fil A that I wanted to use for a free dinner but didn’t see any in the state.

I kept thinking to myself “What is Kentuckys beef with Chick Fil A?” and then bam-I saw a billboard for it. And the angels were watching over me because I saw there was a Starbucks at the same exit and believe I raised my hands in the air while exiting saying “Praise Jesus” which I never say. I blame this on Melissa from Real Housewives of New Jersey and her Jesus talk. I got my salad to go, along with a cup of ice to keep it cold since I wouldn’t be eating it until later then got some caffeination.

For those of you who want to see what Louisville looks like, here you go:



That cup of ice that I got at Chick Fil A came in handy big time. When I was an hour south of Indianapolis, traffic came to a dead stop and went to one lane then slowly started to move again and went back to two lanes. Why not do construction on a major road leading to Indianapolis on not only Memorial Day Wknd but Race Wknd as well (Indy 500 is on Sunday) So, we were back at two lanes but 20 minutes went by and we didn’t move at all. I start to get a little agitated with this, not only do I have to pee, my butt was asleep and there was a creepy trucker next to me waiving at me. I looked up traffic online and turns out that there was a big rig carrying hazardous materials heading south on I-65 that overturned and went into the northbound lane, so northbound was completely shut down. We sat there for another hour before traffic returned to normal and I could do the minimum speed again. All I could do was stare at Lincoln and wish that I could have someone driving me around (and that I had a furry bed like his)

I got to my sisters house and took a bubble then enjoyed my salad.


I was disappointed with the salad. The lettuce didn’t taste fresh and it was meh at best. And don’t think just because I was on the road I didn’t score some condiment loving




I leave you with two items that I can’t wait to try:


Do you like country music?

What do you do to pass time when you’re stuck in traffic?

12 Responses to “She’s gone country”

  1. suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] May 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

    not really into country, but it might just be that i didn’t grow up listening to it. 😛

    the coconut water we had this past weekend in vegas was DELISH. vita coco. give it a try some time. the flavors are definitely subtle!

  2. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy May 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I am like the only person in my entire office that doesnt like country and it makes me feel like I’m the crazy one! I also cannot stand that little hand-heart sign TS makes but have found myself liking one or two of her songs despite all my best efforts.
    Also…I did sort of like Strawberry Wine and a few Dixie Chix songs in high school but I swear, thats it.

  3. April May 29, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    I love KY drivers!!

    The weather is nice today…stupid storms. I’m sick of them!!

    Little Lincoln looks so cute.

    I don’t like country music anymore but I used to.

    Now that I have my Android I can get on the computer..that’s probably not a good idea while driving.

  4. Vixter2010 May 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I love country and Taylor Swift is my favourite 🙂 you need to become a fan 🙂

  5. According to Gus May 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Glad you made it to Indiana safe and sound. I am amazed at how fantastic Lincoln does in the car. If Gus is half that good during our travels, we’ll be lucky. 😉

    I am not a fan of country music – and there’s definitely a lot of in Texas!

  6. TheSceneFromMe May 30, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I have that tea and it’s good, but the chocolate strawberry is better!!! Same brand.

    I have got to find me a coconut Twix. Love those candy bars in carmel, so I would probably like that too!

  7. Amy @ Second City Randomness May 30, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I lived off of gas station pizza in high school. It was “the place” to go. Then again, the options were severely limited…

    I hate country. And am not a fan of christian rock, either. Both reasons why I make sure my ipod is charged as I drive through central Illinois…

  8. Katie H May 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Aw Lincoln looks so cute! You have been driving so much lately- I feel your pain! Traffic is the worst- that toxic waste spill sounds bad, I’m glad it didn’t hold you up too much!

    I used to listen to country a lot- not so much anymore, even though my husband loves it. Strawberry wine totally reminds me of college. 🙂

  9. leashieloo May 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I’m not that into country, but I DID have a Shania phase way back when. And holy wow, I am obsessed with Twix and coconut, I MUST find that bar!

  10. dianacheung May 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    not gonna lie i went through a keith urban stage..and i hate taylor cause she gets all the hotties…honestly when the traffic slows i play on my phone…i’m a horrible person

  11. Fiona June 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Where on earth did you find a coconut twix bar? That sounds like heaven.

    • simplyshaka June 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      My sister gave it to me, she is in Indiana. She is the one who introduced me to coconut M&Ms before I’d ever seen them as well.

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