Sunday, May 18, 2008

The attempted weekend

We tried to go to the Red Sox game on Friday night, but it was pouring outside. Raining cats and dogs (and cows and sheep and even the occasional wombat) such that I officially ceased to care whether our boys in red beat the team from Texas. In lieu of the game, we went to a sports bar for dinner and sat by a table of TWELVE kids, all under age nine. They were pretty adorable, I must say...especially one little girl, who sat there staring at the flat screen TV, picking her nose, and eating it. I'm not sure why, but that absolutely cracked me up. Made me wonder what food group her nose nutrition falls into? (It's kind of like the portabello mushroom question, right?)

We also tried to buy a car. Really tried. But after a weekend spent shopping for hybrid cars, I now understand Goldilocks's dilemma. Everything we looked at was great, but yet not quite right: too big, too small, too expensive, to complicated. We had a brief moment of glee and excitement when we sat in the hybrid Camry, but then we popped the trunk--yikes! I have purses that hold more. Let's just say there's no chance of mobsters hiding bodies in the trunk of a hybrid Camry. (I bet Toyota could build a commercial around that...)

Right now, I'm trying to pack for this week's trip to Grand Rapids/New York City. There's an open (empty) suitcase near my bed, and clothes that should probably be in there sprawled from one end of our condo (where the washing machine lives) to the other (where I hung some things in the shower, hoping the wrinkles would magically disappear). Here's my big dilemma, though: what to READ on the plane. On two of recent trips, my luggage was at or over the weight limit, and hardcover books were a prime culprit (because really, how heavy can a pair of cute heels be?) So for this trip, I'm deciding between paperbacks: Anita Shreve's LIGHT ON SNOW, Jen Lancaster's SUCH A PRETTY FAT, and Chris Lowney's HEROIC LEADERSHIP.

Important decisions, no? I'm consoling myself with the fact that should I need more choices, chances are I'll be able to find a bookstore somewhere in my travels :)

15 comments:

legallyheidi.com said...

amazon.com prime...free two day delivery :) order what you want, then have it delivered to your hotel of choice. thats my suggestion because shoes? probably do weigh cheaper than books....and clearly? You can't go without the shoes.

Don't tell steve I'm encouraging you but honestly? I can't tell a fellow gal to go without shoes AND books! :)

LEstes65 said...

I'd recommend my new favorite book but, since you wrote it, that might be a bit tacky.

Rachel said...

Good Luck with finding something to read! I haven't read any books other than yours lately! :)

Darlene said...

Good books can take you places where cars never go...(that was really dorky)

love to you,
xoxo darlene

Liza said...

I always have an extra bag when I travel so that I can buy more books and check the bag. Of course, if you don't fly Southwest, you have to pay at least $25 to check a second bag. My brother flew out to VA this morning and luckily we checked the number of bags last night.

Vanessa said...

A book sounds perfect! BTW, our Corolla has a larger trunk than our Audi and gets well over 30 mpg. Good luck car shopping. Its been a source of endless debate at our house too. At this point I may just give up and move back to Manhattan, selling both cars!

Larramie said...

Whoa, a hybrid trunk wouldn't even hold your books. Have another wonderful, successful trip!

Eileen said...

Have a great trip!

L Sass said...

I think yet another advantage of carless Manhattanitism is a new appreciation for ANY trunk space.

What?!?! You mean I don't have to carry my groceries myself!??!?! WOOHOO!!

See you in two days!

Colleen Snell said...

As long as you don't leave behind the cute heels. No woman can part with her shoes!

Melanie said...

you're going to Grand Rapids again?! Maybe you should go visit my family for me... :) Have a great time!

ellesappelle said...

Just the title "Such a Pretty Fat" makes me want to read that book :)

Good luck on the car hunting.

Swishy said...

Ohhhhh, how I love packing. Not really :)

Mary Ann said...

The Saint Louis airport has a paperback bookstore where you buy a book going out and return it coming back (or at a participating bookstore at your arrival airport) for something like half the value. Now if only I could recall the name of the store. It's next to the down escalator...hmm.

Anyway, I like Lynnette's idea, tacky or not. Such fun that would be!

Barrie said...

Light On Snow is one of my favorite books.