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In which Daniel and i roadtripped

I just sat down at my computer to write a post and I see that there are a bunch of open documents on my screen.  It’s a little strange because normally nobody but me uses my computer.  However, Keely and Andie are home for fall break and Andie is writing a paper therefore she needs to have a LOT of printouts.

To accomplish this, she emails me her articles and then opens them up and prints them out.  Obviously, closing said printouts isn’t all that important to Andie so I came to my computer and checked out this:




That’s right.  Andie is writing a research paper on Dengue Fever and it totally sucks (not the paper – the fever) and you really should avoid getting it.  Andie asked if I had heard of it before and of course I had but she then proceeded to explain all the shitty things about it anyways.   Daniel was feeling sick when she got to the hemorrhagic parts but I was ok.  Thank goodness it’s really only common in tropic areas.  I think we’re ok here.


At any rate, I’m pretty sure I just sat down here to write a post.  I could write about the incredible trip Daniel and I just took to New York.  Actually, I will write about that.


First I must tell you that I have NEVER taken a trip with Daniel alone.  Isn’t that unbelievable?  He’s taken tons of trips with his dad but because he didn’t play travel sports, we’ve actually never really traveled together.  Considering that I went all over the place with Keely and Andie, it was rather strange to discover that.


At any rate, Daniel and I were going on “college visits” and we were tying some “fun stuff” in too!  First we went to Yale.  I’ve never been there but it was amazing.  Normally when Kevin goes on college trips, he brings a pad of paper and takes copious notes and then we all make fun of him.  I never take notes since I usually spend the bulk of the time making fun of the tour people and doodling on my information sheets.


However, I wanted everyone to know that I COULD be serious too so I decided that I would take notes all over my Yale College brochure.  Here’s a sampling of the notes that I took because I really feel that they conveyed all the information we learned:


Sean is the guy speaking.

Sean has a friend named Kyle (female).

Sean has another friend named Kyle (male).

Sean apparently has at least 3 friends, 2 of whom are named Kyle and the other is named Michael.  What are the odds?

There is a 2-week shopping period.

Sean is a pretty good speaker for a “ginger.”

You can take courses at Yale grad schools if you want.

The Master of each residential life makes sure the social life is going well.

They have an Easter egg hunt.

… and jousting!!!

Only apply early decision if Yale is the right choice.

Only you can know if Yale is the right choice.

(I then told Daniel that ‘only you can prevent forest fires too’)

(Daniel rolled his eyes at me and told me to shut up)

There is an IRON CHEF competition

Sean has 2 more friends named Justin and Diana.

They have over 300 student organizations including MEAT (men eating animals together)

So Sean has at least 5 friends, MAYBE MORE!  I don’t even know!

Well, I don’t know about Daniel but I’m sold.  Also, I think my note taking rocked.  Daniel doesn’t think Kevin will be impressed though.


We then took a tour with an animated guide named Chris who was really, really high on Yale.


Then we had lunch and more importantly, ICE CREAM.


Then we got in the car to drive to NYC and got stuck in traffic.   God that entire corridor sucks.  I’d totally forgotten.


Finally, we got into Manhattan and trust me; it’s been a LONG time since I’ve driven in Manhattan.  My original plan was to drop off our luggage at the hotel and then drop off the car but then I made an illegal turn and got pulled.  Yeah, by a COP!!!


I knew it was illegal (shhhh…don’t tell anybody) but the person in front of me did it and I really wanted to go that way so I figured WHAT THE HELL!  RIGHT?  What are the odds I get caught? Well, pretty good I guess since we BOTH got pulled.


Then he asked for the registration and my Drivers License.


Cop:                Can I see your Drivers license and registration?

Me:                  Ummm…Daniel, look for the registration in the glove compartment.

(And btw, why is it called a glove compartment?  Do people actually put gloves in there?)

Daniel:            I can’t find it

Me:                  Here’s my Drivers license.  I have no clue where the registration is.

Cop:                Is this your car?

Me:                  No, it’s a rental car.

Cop:                You’re from North Carolina?

Me:                  Yes

Cop:                How much longer will you be driving in Manhattan?

Me:                  The sooner I can get rid of this damn car the better.

Cop:                Ok, I’m going to let you off but YOU NEED TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.

(I’ve heard this since I was 4 by the way)

Me:                  ok, I’ll return the car right now.  It’s only a few blocks from here.

Cop:                OK ma’am, be careful!

Daniel:            Mom, you got out of it.

Me:                  Yeah, I figured the odds of getting caught were slim.

Daniel:            you were wrong

Me:                  I usually am.  Let’s get rid of this fucking car!

So we returned the car and then schlepped to the hotel.  We were staying at The Hudson on 58th between 8th and 9th.  I figured that was perfect since we were doing stuff predominantly on the West side.


Later that day we were meeting someone up at ABC News and we were going to watch the “Evening news with Diane Sawyer” being taped.  It was so cool!  I would be a basket case and could never do it but about 5 minutes before it was set to start, someone brought Diane a mirror and some lipstick.


Me:                  See that Daniel?

Daniel:            What?

Me:                  See Diane there?

Daniel:            Yeah

Me:                  See what’s she doing?

Daniel:            She’s putting on lipstick.

Me:                  That’s why I could never be an anchor.

Daniel:            Why?

Me:                  Because I don’t wear lipstick.

Daniel:            Right mom, that’s the only reason.

… and then the News began … and then there was a break … and then they fixed her hair!

Me:                  … also, there’s that Daniel.

Daniel:            what?

Me:                  they’re fixing her hair.

Daniel:            so …

Me:                  they’re making it perfect

Daniel:            … and …

Me:                  …. and I don’t have TV perfect hair.  That’s the other reason that I can’t be a news anchor.

Daniel:            mom, you’re an idiot!

Me:                  … hmmm … perhaps that’s the third reason.

So, there you are! We had a lovely dinner where I had quite a bit to drink and so began our first day in the city.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did … although I doubt you did, after all I saw the News and had alcohol!

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  1. Jennifer June
    October 14, 2011

    I’ve been dying to bring my girls to New York and was hoping to make it this fall. I’ve been promising for years (terrible mother) because they haven’t been since they were little tiny and I know they’ll love it now, that they’re teens.

    I also don’t have T.V. perfect hair. Which is probably why I’m such a terrible mother. The hair and the run-on-sentences. But I wear lipstick from time to time to redeem myself.
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    • Lynn
      October 14, 2011

      i love this comment…my hair, OMG, don’t even go there. Mine is always a mess. I loved NYC but it’s just so damn expensive.

    October 14, 2011

    My best friend and I are going to the NYC for our shared Birthday in July (my 50th, her 40th)….Gimme some tips for not getting murdered/mugged/lost while I’m there??? Country girl + big ass city = an effing disaster….

    College trips are fun, I enjoyed the ones I took with my kiddos a thousand years ago!

    • Lynn
      October 14, 2011

      well, i never had any problems in NYC ever…just act like you know what you’re doing!

  3. By Word of Mouth Musings
    October 14, 2011

    My Mom told me to never leave the house without wearing lipstick.
    She told me a bunch of other stuff too.
    But that is the only thing I really took notice of.
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    • Lynn
      October 14, 2011

      my mom did that too! i ignored her

  4. Pamela D Hart
    October 14, 2011

    I LOVE New York City. But just to visit. My son and I were supposed to go before he left for Basic Training, but just didn’t find the time…so maybe when he gets back…after we fit in horseback riding.

    I wear lipstick and fix my hair–but my going off teleprompter would be a problem as I tend to NOT like when others tell me what to do or say, and my boys tell me I’m an idiot all the time too. Is that a male thing?
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    • Lynn
      October 14, 2011 girls tell me i’m an idiot too

  5. Julie
    October 14, 2011

    Chicago winters are brutal so I must confess that yes, I do have extra gloves stashed in my glove compartment. Now that I have admitted it, I can feel the shame lifting.
    I don’t wear lipstick either but I can be seen sporting Burt’s Bees “lip shimmer”. (In Nutmeg, if you were wondering.)

    • Lynn
      October 14, 2011

      hahaha…i don’t ever have gloves there

  6. mark @ yelling near you
    October 14, 2011

    MEAT sounds awesome. Who knew Yale was so cool. Well done getting yourself out of that ticket. I’m impressed.
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    • Lynn
      October 14, 2011

      Thanks….I think it was luck. The cop just felt sorry for me

  7. Missy | The Literal Mom
    October 16, 2011

    Sounds totally awesome! Especially the drinking and dinner part!
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