Impromptu long road trips = exhaustion
Apr. 1, 2009 11:25 am
Updated: Apr. 2, 2009 8:41 pm
So last Wednesday I found out my father in law from my last marriage was getting married in Salt Lake City. It was a very spur of the moment date and he apologized for not planning ahead but wanted to get it done and get his new wife home (She is from Brazil and both of them are traditional folks). So I figured, if I can bust out my last final we could make it over there. My son didn't have school until Tuesday and it seemed as if it would all work out.
I finished my final by mid day on Friday. We packed and left town by 7pm on Friday. It was just me and the kids on our first, just the three of us road trip. We drove over the mountains and spent the night in Ontario, Oregon. The next morning we were up at dawn and on our way to Utah, hoping to give ourselves a few hours of rest before getting ready to attend the wedding at 6pm.
We arrived in town around 2:30pm. Grabbed a quick bite and hung out with the family at the hotel.
Three other adults, two 11 year olds and two 3 year olds, in addition to me, my 17 and 11 year old kids all in a pretty good sized room just visiting and catching up. !!!!!!!!!
We all got ready to leave for the wedding, we almost got lost listening to the gps navigator woman from my sisters phone, so I told the gps woman to off and I got us there with only 2 minutes to spare. All was well because the bride was almost 45 minutes late too :) Brazilian tradition!! That gave us time to socialize more with all the Washington family that had also driven down for the wedding.
The reception and ceremony were quite simple, but still got me crying and the food was a potluck and really yummy! After the reception, we drove back to the hotel, changed clothes, and the adults went out for a late night snack after finding out there was no place that had karaoke. "It's Saturday night, we don't need a gimmick to get people in here," they said to us! Our food was horrible and none of us ate much. We went back to the hotel and talked in the other hotel room until 5 am catching up on stuff and giving each other parenting advice.
We had planned on heading back Sunday morning but we woke up to over 5 inches of fluffy snow! So we figured we'd take in a few local spots and take it easy. We still had Monday to return in time for school on Tuesday and I was just not going to think about making that drive in one day and just enjoy my Sunday. My ex, who lives in Salt Lake now, cooked me and the kids a great teriyaki chicken and broccoli over rice lunch and then took us sight seeing. We left for the hotel and I took the kids swimming and rejuvinated my energies in the hot tub. The older two cousins joined us and we played Marco Polo, chicken, helped each other do handstands and somersaults and generally tuckered ourselves out. I got about 1 hour of a nap after the swim before visiting more. Later that night, I called it quits about 1am since my morning alarm was set for 6am!
Morning came early and we all jumped up and got dressed, took our prepacked suitcases down to the car, which was covered by more even snow this morning. The previous day's white stuff has been melted away by the sun, so it wasn't anything to be concerned about. Luckily the hotel served an awesome breakfast bar and we took our fill of waffles, juices, fruits, and eggs in preparation for our long trip home. By 7:30am we had said our goodbyes and were on the road home. All 14 hours lay ahead of us. We made it home by 10pm. I was utterly fried. For a good while after getting out of the car, my body was still 'humming' from the car vibrations. Visited here and went to sleep around 1am.
Yesterday, I couldn't motivate to do anything. I finally go around to starting my new classes and reading, but could not focus for more than a few minutes at one time which made reading 50 pages pretty difficult and fruitless. I ended up finishing my assignment close to midnight and then sacked out and fell asleep. All night long I'm dreaming about my school work. Every time I woke up, something about writing or critical thinking was in my head and interrupting my good sleep. As always happens on those long nights, I finally got some restful z's around 5am. So I slept in late, and lo and behold, I wake up with a really bad sore throat and my sinuses are draining. Fantastic. Oh, I also need to do a pretty big shopping mission which I think I'm gonna delegate out. I'm so tired right this second and I've only been up for an hour. I have no creamer or milk so coffee is out. I just want a ton of OJ to drink and to curl up in a ball.
I suppose it is time for me to go swallow some echinacea and vitamin c in massive doses. Why do I get sick after trips. :(
Anyone got good remedies? I'm too wiped out to google it. My head hurts. /wah