Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Break, In Pictures


(my peach tree)

Finally! Spring break is over and I'm home for a couple of days! A couple of days ...

Last week was spent in several places, which I'll be telling with pictures, where I can. First, FYI, I'll be leaving again this Thursday morning early and heading back to Louisiana with my mom to attend my cousin's wedding. So the blogging speed
bumps continue.

Monday of last week, having slept four hours after work, I rose at noon, stretched in a leisurely fashion, loaded up the Hunny's truck and drove to Dallas. I'd never been to Dallas. While there I stayed with a friend I hadn't seen since high school. Silly me - I didn't get a photo of my friend, Jill. I did, however, get a photo of her adorable little monkey, Elvis. Er, daughter, not-Elvis:


Isn't she cute? Her monkey gave me the grand tour of the grounds, friend Jill being a phenomenal gardener. I squishy heart her shed!


And her monkey's little village, tucked away under the holly tree:


Sweet, eh?


The chimps cried monkey tears on viewing the grave yard (sheer genius, using giant staples for fencing!):


If we had stayed longer, I think the chimps would have enjoyed getting to know this character:


Next morning we munched on yummy peaches and strawberries:


Having said our goodbyes, I drove FOREVER (all of about ten minutes) to meet Trisha at a fancy French eatery. Check out the fare:


That was my breakfast. Here was hers:


Mmmm! And here we are, smiling about our two hour breakfast! It was as though we'd known each other all our lives. If you ever have the privilege of meeting Trisha in real life? Ask her about her dog adventures. Oh my.


Trisha gave me a couple of beautiful book thongs she'd made herself. She forced me to choose from these:


Aren't they lovely?

Next leg of the journey was to my grandmother's, where I spent three relaxing days, smocking, sewing, making pie, catching up with everyone. And not sleeping much. Ugh. Another story for another day. Oh, and seeing my cousin one last time before she's a married woman. Aren't she and my aunt beautiful?


Check out my grandmother's stand mixer (being used to whip up a lemon chiffon pie)!


Not many photos at this point in my travels. But I did get a shot of the truck's windshield. It's spring in Louisiana and the South. Mating season for everything, including bugs. Ew!


And a shot of the Good Flea in her driving glasses:


I absolutely ADORE Zenni Optical! These are prescription sunglasses, only 20 bucks. So much fun!

And that, my dear bloggy friends, is all. Oh! Except for the part about me being allergic to Louisiana and my head being a mess the entire week. And while driving home, I stopped in Paris, Texas, for something for allergies. Popped into a gas station and found a blister pack of Benadryl, so I bought it, opened it and took the contents. Two pills. I don't often take an allergy med. I had no idea that the dose was one pill.

So Paris is about halfway home. About four hours into the trip. You know where this is leading, right? I get another two hours out and am fighting sleep tooth and nail, when I get pulled over for speeding. I love driving up through Oklahoma, as the speed limit on the turnpike is 75. I was doing 83. And when the kind officer with the wonderful southern accent was running my license, I nearly fell asleep.

Don't worry. I only got a warning. Oh, and I'm still alive. Maybe it was the week's worth of travel crap all over the front seat of the truck. Or my disorientation. Who knows?

So another hour up the road I stopped at a shopping strip and took a nap. Half an hour from home. Because I couldn't keep my freakin' eyes open. The moral of this story? Never take two Benadryl when you still have four hours to drive.

I hope that you all had equally lovely spring breaks. I'll see you all on the flip side of the week!

Until I write again ...

Flea

25 comments:

Marguerite said...

:O Oh geez! You took two Benadryl while driving? You're lucky you aren't in a ditch somewhere. :( I only take two when I'm already in bed.

I'm glad you had fun on your trip. Can't wait to see y'all this weekend. :)

Mental P Mama said...

I love it! That mixer is amazing, and your breakfast with Trisha sounded nice;) Now about that Benadryl: Never take two of them unless you are already in bed!

asthmagirl said...

Love the mixer! Love the breakfast with Tricia! And loving the "road trip with Flea stories"! Just like hearing from Bossy!

Be safe!

Tammy said...

I am so jealous that it actually looks like Spring there! It's snowing here right now. :o(

Karen said...

I almost sniffed the screen for a whiff of the peach blossoms. And I squishy heart the shed, too. Although Sam would make me paint it if it were here. He's a fun-sucker like that.

Trisha said...

So glad that you made it home safely with the Benedryl coursing through your system! Wow!

Robin said...

Two benadryl and you drove?? Yikes... Glad you made it home safely.

I can't decide which picture is more gorgeous - those peach blossoms or that quiche! (Yes, I'm on a diet, why do you ask?)

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I took two benadryl once when I broke out in hives . . . 36 hours later I returned to the awake-world with noticeably fewer hives. SCARY STUFF!!

I love the mixer and the garden and the food and the fun and the memories you shared. I "squishy heart" this post -- it just may be my favorite of all time. It's so sweet and so Flea-ish. <3

Daryl said...

Oh you crazeee kid you ... loved all these shots .. but the one of you getting ready to roll .. that is my fav ...

April said...

It sounds like you had a VERY entertaining spring break! Oy! Two Benadryl? I'd be UNCONCIOUS!!

Scribbit said...

Okay that is the cutest little village--I love it. Twittering right now.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

you had me at peach blossoms... Fred and Bessie say Georgia pollen is really shitty... we are taking loads of zyrtec and gonna pick up some more sudaphed hopefully tomorrow.... Love the village under the holly tree it is totally awesome!!!!get some rest and no more sleep driving ya hear LOL.

Flash Stitcher said...

Oh Flea, sounds like you had a fabulous trip. Spring windshield bugs smoosh really well...yuck.
Benadryl..now I know what to take if I can't sleep.

Daisy said...

Love the little village! next time I travel, I need to find some cute little animal friends to pose for photos.

Weezee said...

Looks like a great trip. Thanks for the Zenni optical tip. My husband is a lttle rough on his glasses.
I can only ever take one benadryl and then I sleep for hours! Glad you made it ok.

Poltzie said...

I LOVED this picture post. First of all one benadryl does me in (I also never take them) so I can only imagine what two did to you!
I love that village - hwo super cute!!
and I especially love the old mixer. Where did she get it and when?

zobabe said...

What everybody else has already said about this post..marvelous! Down here in GA, everything is yellow from all the pine tree sex. The stuff stays on even at seventy-AHEM mph, too. I am surprised you got pulled over for 8 mph. They usually give you ten on the interstate without question. Guess I won't be driving in OK or TX any time soon. Heh.

zobabe said...

OH! And Benadryl is the Sleep of the GODS, baybee. YEAH.

Warty Mammal said...

Welcome home! Briefly, anyhow. What great, colorful photos and stories you brought back.

So sorry about the ticket. Glad you made it home safely, though.

Laski said...

I'm totally caught up in that stand mixer . . .

That is a well used piece of machinery.

Oh, and the little village.

Oh, and the fact that I want a peach tree . . .

Lori said...

Yes, Benadryl is strong stuff, sister! I usually only take it at night when I can't sleep due to allergies...and I usually need just one!
Paris, TX...been there!

Candace said...

ROFL about the new header :-D I love the peach blossom picture. We are moving right into summer here. It is suppose to be 90 Saturday :(

Ellyn said...

The new header is fabulous.

I love the little monkey garden. What a clever idea. Elvis sounds like a very fun girl.


Glad you had a fun trip. Welcome home.

Debbie said...

The graveyard and the shed are my favorites. I heart the shed big time!

You had a great time! I also love your new header. Gosh, you are one busy woman. No wonder you'd fall asleep driving, even without Benadryl!!

Donalyn said...

I am beyind jealous that you got to have breakfast with Trisha!