pedal to the metal

21 Jul

Oi. The past two days have been long with a capital L. I’m making my way back to Florida and the drive has been straight up boring. When I was young and in college, I had no issue driving the 18 hours straight home but now? No way Jose. I make stops often just to stretch and my ideal time span is six to seven hours a day.

I left DC yesterday morning. I gave myself some time to mentally wake up, have breakfast and pack the last of my car. I made one last stop at Trader Joe’s the day before since we don’t have any in Florida. I even checked their website and the closest one will be in Mt. Pleasant, SC when it opens. I love Joe but I don’t think I could do an eight hour trip for him. My sister gave me a gift card for my birthday so this was the ideal time to use it and stock up on non perishable goodies.

I’ll even miss their art


I said goodbye to Riley and was on my way to Charlotte

And if anyone in the DC area knows this person, I would love to meet them because I feel the same way!

No matter how I tried to mix it up with cd’s, the drive home dragged on. I got to work on my tan a little at least. This is the most comfortable way for me to drive since my knee often aches after awhile. And the truckers seem to let me pass whenever I’m sitting like this so two birds, one stone!

I stopped at Sheetz in Mebane, NC and took a picture of the gas sign to compare it to last year when I stopped there on my way up to DC

July 20, 2011:

April 8, 2010

Makes me sick.

I got to my friends house and took it easy the rest of the night. And by taking it easy I mean an hour and half trip to Target. I am looking for the dress I wore this weekend but in blue and have now been to three Target’s and can’t find it. I can find it in grey but it’s not flattering at all. I am going to try one or two more Targets then go online and try to find it there. And can someone please tell me why there is this sign in the baby section?

Don’t worry, baby fever is the last kind of fever I will ever have. The reason I was in that section was because my friend who I stayed with is ready to pop any day. Matilda wanted to see how pregnant she was and possibly whisper the baby out of her

She climbed up on her belly and whispered a few nursery rhymes but no luck. I was kinda hoping she would into labor that night and I would deliver the baby. Then it would be turned into a Lifetime movie and Tori Spelling could gain a bunch of weight, get her boobs even and dye her hair brunette to play me in a movie about sorority sisters who deliver each others babies. Homegirl is still preggers, oh well, will just have to keep the faith I will deliver a baby one day.

The drive to FL started off on the wrong foot today. I decided to go back to my lets hit the snooze button again game so I didn’t get on the road until 9am. Once I got through Columbia, SC there was an accident on I 26. I waited there for about 30 minutes having to pee and in desperate need of gas.  Soon enough we were on our way again and I stopped got gas, went to the bathroom and stocked up on some refreshments. I went back to my old college liquid diet of Mountain Dew and coffee for extra energy for the 11 hour drive. Good thing I went to the bathroom because once I merged on to I 95 traffic was at a dead stop.


That was at 1145am and at 2pm I was still there.

I was getting restless, Matilda was getting restless and I am so happy my car is in working condition. I got outside and was chatting with the car next to me and their A/C went out and they were traveling with two dogs and a kid. I am bad enough on my own in the A/C so I can’t imagine not having A/C and traveling with child and dog would be like.

By the time I got to the southern part of Georgia, it was around 5pm…..eight hours after I left. It normally takes me four hours to get there but the trip was doubled due to the traffic. I could have powered on, been delirious and drove all the way home but I knew that wouldn’t be safe and didn’t want something bad to happen. I stopped at Starbucks and figured out my next steps and decided to get a hotel room for the night.And this Microtel I’m staying at is total sketch. My parents recommended this place to me and there are some weird, skeevy men in the parking lot. I unloaded everything that was in plain view of my car so that took some time up all in hopes my car won’t get broke into in,

Backtrack, I have bad luck with moving. I often lose or damage things and when I made the cross country drive from Phoenix to Charlotte five years ago, something bad really happened. I was driving through Amarillo and it was a torrential downpour. I’m from FL and used to rain but I had never seen rain like this before in my life. I couldn’t see in front of me and had been driving for 12 hours already so I pulled over to the first hotel I could find off the highway. It looked a little run down however I was only going to shower, nap for two or three hours then get back on the road. So I did and when I went out to my car in the morning, the back windows were bashed in completely. There was some stuff left in my car however they stole my underwear, computer,toiletries, contacts, photos and other random stuff. I was in complete shock that this happened in a three hour timespan and was scared to drive on to Charlotte. The funny thing is is that I had three or four Coach purses sitting in the back of my car which were probably worth more than most of the stuff they stole. It still pisses me off to this day and it’s one of the sole reasons I hate Texas (well, that and GW) So now I am completely paranoid anytime there is stuff in my car and I’m staying in foreign to me area, especially when there are undesirable looking people around.

And back to today. So this skeevy hotel room is full of my stuff now and I am hoping to get a good nights sleep, shower and get home tomorrow afternoon. Seeing that I’m back in Florida, I had to stop at Publix (AKA one of the best grocery stores ever) and pick up a quick dinner of buffalo chicken tenders and cole slaw

And I got the Real Housewives with me

Let’s hope this bed doesn’t have bedbugs

What are your tips for staying safe while traveling solo?

Has anyone seen this commercial for Summer’s Eve? I keep cracking up every single time I see.


15 Responses to “pedal to the metal”

  1. Vix @ LittleMissEverything July 22, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Love that number plate! I got followed to my hotel room once not fun! Lock the doors is my advice 🙂

    • simplyshaka July 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      Creepy–I always lock any lock I can get a hold of!

  2. Kace July 22, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    I make sure to call or text my mom when I wake up and tell her to expect it. This is mainly because I have an irrational fear of dying in my sleep of a brain hemmorage or heart attack.

    I’m a special person.

    • simplyshaka July 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

      Ha, this made me smile. I always shoot a friend a text (my mom doesnt know how to get to her texts) For some reason whenever I shower in a hotel, I come close to falling and am afraid I will either die or die of embarrassment from the EMTs come to rescue me.

  3. lookingupwhileslimmingdown July 22, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Awww…Riley. He gave me an exceptionally hard time when I left on Thurdsday morning. I think he thinks we abandoned him. 😦

    Those pics of Matilda on Tara’s belly=hilarious!!!! Did she do the nursery rhymes with her British accent?

    I don’t think I knew that happened to you in TX. Ugh!! I HATE TX, too!

    Glad you made it back to FL!!! I can’t wait to hear about your reunion with Linky.

  4. diana@mymarblerye July 22, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    i’ve never stayed at a skeevy hotel by myself but if I travel alone (i use to do 6 hour roadtrips after work to visit Glenn) I try to only stop at packed gas stations and I dress like a hag. 18 hour drive should NOT be done in a day…it’s torture…at least you got Tjs!

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 22, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    So funny! I don’t hike my foot up as high, but my knee is definitely hiked up on the side of my door like that during long trips… gotta be comfortable, right? Even if it looks a little inappropriate… ha

  6. Christina July 22, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love Publix! It’s one of the few things I miss about living in FL. My sister actually works at one and their benefits are pretty decent, which makes me like them even more too.

  7. Caitie @ The Caitie Experiment July 22, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    1) If you have not already, you simply HAVE to mix a large scoop of that TJ’s roasted red pepper and eggplant spread with a tablespoon or two of sour cream/greek yogurt/whatever into a pot of pasta. My SIL-figure did it last summer and once I realized there are opportunities outside of spreading it on broiled bread with mozz, I got a little nuts and tried putting it on everything. All delicious, by the way.

    2) I always thought I’d hate traveling alone, but realized last summer that I love it. Something about being somewhere when no one else is entirely sure of your whereabouts is sort of exhilarating. “I could go all ‘Catch Me if You Can’ and make a new identity and fly to Costa Rica! And NO ONE WOULD KNOW!” And then I realize I could also be dead and no one would know, and it’s a real buzzkill.

    Safe travels!

  8. Monique July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    $2 for gas?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?! We’re paying $3.27 here and I still hate it. And I’ve never been one for long road trips. When I used to drive 4.5 hours to college from my parents’ house I’d get way, way too bored. And I could never drive like that because I had a stick shift when I was making those trips haha 🙂

  9. Katie @ Legally Fit July 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Oh my gosh girl- I would totally hate Texas too! That would scare me and piss me off. Ugh. I’m sorry about the traffic sitch too. Awful! I was doing nine hour stretches of a drive last year- six is my max now. I always sit with my left leg bent on the seat- it just feels more natural!

    I hope the rest of your drive is safe/uneventful!

  10. Monique July 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    happy traveling!
    If you get bites in threes the hotel is def duh-ty.
    that dress! hot freaking mama. you look amazing

  11. twobooswhoeat July 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    8 hours to a Trader Joe’s? I’d die! Seriously. Bed bugs freak me out. Good luck!

  12. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle July 23, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    The number one thing I always do is keep all of my most valuables on me…phone, camera, computer, etc. No matter what. Good for you for moving all your stuff into your bedroom!

  13. leashieloo July 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I want to steal that vanity plate! And omg, I drive like that too!!! I usually have one knee on my chair or my foot stuck into this indent in the dashboard. Everyone makes fun, but I’m not alone!

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