Monday, April 16, 2007

Weary Joy

The House of Joy somehow made it back from a five day trip to New York, despite the Nor'easter or whatever unbelievable rain storm just happened up there.

Clearly we are Nor'easter magnets or something.

Our flight, so cleverly planned to coordinate perfectly between nap and bedtime, was delayed so much that on the shuttle bus from the airport to our car in the park and ride lot at 10:30 p.m. The Rooster, wide eyed and looking like a zombie, just kept repeating, "I want to take a nap!"

[Amen, Rooster!]

When we were finally on the highway headed home, what to our wonderous eyes should appear?

A smoking engine and a noise, strange to the ear!

Did The Joys stop? Did they pull over to protect the safety of the family?

Aw, hay-ull naw.

[We don't need no engine... let the mother f*cker burn! Sing it with me!]

Yipppppppeeeeeee!

I love travel!

52 comments:

Patience said...

Traveling with toddlers. Much like traveling with teenagers. Insanity may be your only defense.

Hope your car isn't dead.

Anonymous said...

I wore those short capri jeans with over the knee high heeled boots this weekend to brave wind and rain and meet friends for coffee , etc... They didn't look like gauchos though, thank goodness! I threw on a long, flannel lined, hooded wax jacket that irish farmers all wear, and was warm and dry walking a good distance with no troubles. -- umbrellas are a joke in these winds. Take off the big jacket and look hot, even in the crazy storm. It is all about the boots and jacket--great investments!

chedly

venessa said...

I love to travel, but it just never works out like it's supposed to you. We spent our August vacation at a hotel in BFE Pennsylvania because our transmission died on the turnpike. I'm still pissed about it!

Pendullum said...

Looking forward to reading of your travels in New York as your departure by storm and leaving like a house on fire has me enthralled...
And ponchos? we don't need no stinking ponchos!

Scout's Honor said...

Oh, crap, I hope you are not contagious. We also have some perfectly planned flights in a couple of weeks, with three kids. While our kids are older, we have realized of late that a screaming toddler is almost better than bickering tweens and whiny pre-schoolers. The chorus of their demands makes me want to curl in a fetal ball--Do you think there is a place to do that in the Denver Airport layover?

FENICLE said...

Maybe next time you might want to pack some Benedryl for a little nap-inducing!

mcewen said...

Hmm, and there was me thinking that American's LOVED their cars. There's more to this psychology malarky than meets the eye.
Cheers

Jill said...

I swore I wouldn't travel with toddlers, and still haven't. I don't know if there is a window of time in between toddler and tween that is even good to travel.

Probably not. Damn.

Hope your car survived, and Rooster finally got that nap!

Jennifer said...

Gee, sounds like fun. And do people REALLY wear gauchos...cause down here in Bama, we don't. We wear tube tops and cut offs.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, god. My parents just went to NYC for the first time in their six decades of life (okay, my dad's been there, but it was the early '60s and he was kicked out of a lot of places for being a long-haired hippy). And the storm!

Ugh. Hope the family Joy was still home in time for bed.

SciFi Dad said...

sitting quietly while realizing he's the only one who has no idea what gauchos are, although he suspects they are not, as he first assumed, a mexican food product

canape said...

SciFiDad - you are correct. Although if they were, and involved cheese, I would indeed own some myself.

They are not pants. They are not shorts. Maybe they are like baggy capris?

Clearly I don't know what they are either. So don't feel bad.

Theresa said...

I hunkered down all weekend, the nor'easter is still going on, but not as bad here.

I posted your interview of me today.

Kyla said...

Glad you are home! I hope everyone got a nap. :)

Jenny said...

Burn, motherf*cker, burn.

I'm going to be singing that all day long.

Kevin Charnas said...

BURN BABY!! BURN!!

Glad that you guys are back safe and sound. Okay, maybe not "sound", but safe.

Slackermommy said...

Too funny! reminds me of the movie Little Miss Sunshine.

Augs Casa said...

Ok, you planed better than the casa de augs. We planned a trip to Phx to visit my in-laws and thought 8:30pm would be sleepy time for a 4 hour trip out west for the boys. It was brutal. They never went to sleep. Note* No more evening trips for Augs casa EVER!

welcome back.

Abbynormal said...

DAY-am.

I love the gauchos. You need some.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Burn Mother Fuc*er Burn!!!!

You were in NYC and didn't call me? Damnit.

slouching mom said...

Still laughing about SciFi Dad and gauchos. Who could blame him for not knowing what they are?

Think of all the names for women's pants...

Capris, gauchos, skorts, Bermuda shorts, and I KNOW there are more, I just can't think of them right now... Yoga pants...

WILLIAM said...

Ah! I heard "I need a nap" many times over my travels from FL to PA

Blog Antagonist said...

Yikes. Been there, done that. Wised up. We drive now. Even 15 hours in a car isn't as bad as some of the crap I've been through while flying.

mothergoosemouse said...

Flying with kids works fine if all the planes take off and land as scheduled. Otherwise, it's a trip to the tenth circle of hell.

But the car woes? Flashback to a road trip from DC to Dayton for Thanksgiving. On the way home, smoke began emanating from under the hood. And needles on the dash began venturing into the red zone. Fortunately, it was mostly downhill, so I put it in neutral and coasted as much as possible.

(Had to replace the tranny. Hope the same is NOT true for you.)

Jodi the Librarian said...

Hark, I bring you tidings of great joy. Some day your children will be as old as mine (8 and 13) and you will gift them with the miracle of the portable DVD player (with headphones). Every trip will be a silent oasis of peace. Now, go forth and bide your time. For soon you will be delivered of crankiness (the childrens', not necessarily yours. I find crankiness in adults more interesting than perpetual perkiness).

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Burn Motherf*cker Burn! That is about the most fun song there is to sing out loud.

Wait, are gauchos in???? I wore them in 4th grade, I think! That and 'gauze shirts' which sound so disgusting to me now.

karrie said...

Aiiiyyyyyaaa.....*gauchos hurt my eyes* (long running joke with a blogging friend of mine who adores them.)

Hope you had a nice trip in spite of the crap weather up here.

BOSSY said...

Bossy thinks you're being just a tad grouchy about the whole Nor'easter thing. She understands that while it is truly embarrassing to visit New York City without even one pair of brown cotton gauchos, it is unfair to blame one little storm whose only intent was dumping hail the size of shits into the city streets while killing all of the neighboring spring buds.

Lisa said...

I hope your car isn't dead. But I would have done THE SAME thing!

mamatulip said...

This is why I haven't braved traveling with my kiddos yet...

Paige said...

I was just about to complain about this morning's jaunt to the aquarium. Now I won't.

Glad you're back.

QT said...

Oh, the hilarity of family travel - I remember all my trips with the fam. We always had beater cars so had to rent one each time - my dad would always rent huge, cushy Cadillacs. We would fall asleep in no time.

Rest up, mama!

carrie said...

Was that you I saw smoking down the freeway yesterday? Nope, wrong side of the country.

Hope the car troubles are over and you all survived.

Carrie

Kelly said...

The weather always takes a turn for the much worse when we travel. And it's ALWAYS more interesting with children.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

I went to California with my older daughter when she was 9 mos old and we planned the flight for naptime and ended up with delays ON THE AIRPLANE for 6 hours with this child. WHo refused to sleep. We landed at 2am or something ungodly like that in Boston. She finally fell asleep around 12:30. It was a nightmare. I think I waited a few years before flying again with the kids.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I wish you took this Nor'easter back home with you! This rain is the pits.

mommiebear2 said...

Yikes, I hope the car isnt in too bad of shape.

jen said...

oh. damn.

sorry. so not a good time.

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

You're in denial too when your car appears to be breaking down, eh?!

Denguy said...

Ooo, I love car trouble on the way home from a delayed return flight.

Kristi said...

Gauchos are bad news, my friend. Sensible girls should since to hot pants and bermuda shorts.

notfearingchange said...

LMAO.....you and i need to go on vacation together - leave the kids at home. ;-)

Lawyer Mama said...

I would rather have my nails ripped out one by one than fly on a plane with 2 small children. Really. You are a brave, brave woman, OTJ!

Jenifer said...

Oh hate me. We went to FL this summer with the girls, on a plane, and it was easy! For real. So easy we are thinking of more travel.

There were however, no flight delays or flaming vehicles, so maybe we just got lucky.

Hope all is well again and naps completed in the House of Joy.

flutter said...

You are still so cool, it hurts, babe.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I remember our last flight with Junior Mayhem and The Princess......definitely a "Calgon Take Me Away" moment!

Glad to hear you made it home safe!


Hope the car doesn't cost too much to fix!

Momish said...

You guys are smoking (sorry, bad pun!)

Glad you are all home safe. Hope the car pulls through!

Mel said...

See, now, you can't just run off like that and not tell anybody... I missed you! Glad you made it home safe and hope your car is okay.

The Sour Kraut said...

I can't get past the wool plaid gauchos of my youth. That is one trend I plan to skip.

Aliki2006 said...

I had to think for a moment about what gauchos even were--this is how not on top of the latest trends I am!

I'm glad you made it back safely!

moodswingingmommy said...

Ugh! Good for you on getting home. Still raining up here.

Oh, and don't worry about not having any gauchos. I just bought some the other day. By the time I catch onto a fashion trend, that means it's already dead.

Girl con Queso said...

Who knew gauchos were the new black?