The cheese grater that inspired a road trip.
Thursday, September 17, 2009

I picked up this cheese grater at a garage sale for $.25 cents.

I love it. The grater fits on top of the container, and it has a separate lid for storage. Genius.

After using it for a month or so, I noticed that this little-grater-that-could was made by IKEA. Of course it was!!!!

"IKEA is the best. I love that place." I thought.

"Wish I could go." I thought.

"Wish I could go with my friends." I thought.

And so that's what I did.

After a few rounds of emails, miraculously, seven of us agreed on a weekend that we were all free.


Last Friday we loaded up and headed to Dallas. After a quick stop at Starbucks of course.

It was awesome. We took my friend Anne's GMC Yukon, and the seven of us hit the road together. We stopped for a generous amount of time for lunch, stopped whenever we needed to pee (no husbands with us, rationing our stops!), and took about seven hours to get to Dallas. We enjoyed every minute of those 7 hours. And may I also add at this point that my friend Anne has mad driving skills. The rain...the music...the laughing...the crazy stories...the Dallas rush hour traffic...none of it phased her.

You can not believe how much activity we stuffed into our short trip. We arrived around 6:00pm on Friday night, ate dinner, watched a movie, spent the night at a hotel, shopped and ate all day Saturday, left Dallas after dinner, sang really bad yet really beloved 80's songs most of the way home, and got back to Lubbock at 2:30am to squeeze in a few hours sleep before church Sunday. Whew.

Turns out, a GMC Yukon can hold the luggage of seven women, plus all their IKEA/Sam Moon/Anthropologie/Anne Taylor/etc. purchases. Awesome.

So in conclusion, dear readers, YOU MUST TAKE A ROAD TRIP WITH YOUR GIRLFRIENDS. Please, please put this on your to-do list and make it happen. So, so fun.

(Sadly, a couple Lubbock-ites wanted to go and their schedules didn't allow time girls!!! We missed ya!)

Sidenote: We played "two truths and a lie" on the way to Dallas. You can discover some very interesting facts about your friends with this game. Here are my three:

1. I am a pretty good water skiier.

2. I once jumped a horse over a fence.

3. I was in a pageant in H.S. and I won.

They all agreed that #3 was the lie. Evil giggle...I always win 2 truths and a lie with that one! I am searching for photographic evidence that I was indeed Miss Striped Bass, as they all remained incredulous even after I told them that was indeed not the lie. Brace yourself girls, pictures of me in a sash and sequined dress are headed your way. I will try to find the one of me handing out trophies at a fishing tournament, as it really captures the essence of that particular title.

(Oh, and I can barely ride a horse, let alone jump over a fence on one. I would jump off the horse before I would try and go over.)

Check out my friend Tina's account of the trip by clicking here.


Blogger Kelly had this to say:

I am INSANELY jealous! IKEA! And seriously, ANTHROPOLOGY? I thought the nearest one was in Colorado? I need a roadtrip! I need girlfriends like that! And now I need to go confess the sin of covetousness! :)

September 17, 2009 at 2:46 PM 

Blogger Jessica had this to say:

Oh, how I miss Sam Moon . . . *sigh*

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! We have girls nights every couple of months where we get together at someone's house, eat, talk, play games, always laugh a lot. It's like a slumber party, except we all sneak home late and sleep in our own beds.

I did try to a slumber party a few years back. We realized how old we've all gotten.

September 17, 2009 at 4:38 PM 

Blogger Cash Clan Japan had this to say:

HA!! The only evidence I have is a photo of Your Royal Heiness crowing the next incoming Miss Striper City the following summer, who happened to be your best friend. I emailed it to you.

September 17, 2009 at 7:54 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Of course I am reading this Late - October late......

But I am mad you didnt't call so we could meet you and your girlfriends there!!

Ms. Mary

October 9, 2009 at 10:57 AM 

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