Interstellar Adventures

February 2, 2006

Road Trip!

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 12:34 pm

Nick and I are packing up and taking a weekend road-trip to his hometown, El Paso. His dad is 85 and doesn’t travel more than a couple of miles from his home, which means I’ve never met him, and Nick hasn’t seen him since last April.

El Paso is a looong way from Plano. I’ve never been there before. Google Maps says almost 13 hours, but based on 650 miles at an average 70 miles per hour, that’s just 9.25 hours of drive time. We’re bringing food and stuff with us so we don’t have to stop to eat, so we’ll only stop for bio-breaks and to refill the gas tank.

Nick’s in charge of music too. I mean, the Celebrity Name Game can only take us so far before we run out of celebrities. How does one play the Celebrity Name Game? Well, it’s a game that I made up. Whoever starts the game (doesn’t matter how you pick who starts) names a celebrity. Say Tom Cruise. Then the other person has to come up with a celebrity who’s first name starts with the first letter of the previous celebrity’s last name. Say Chrisitian Bale. Then the other person would say maybe Barbara Streisand. Then Susan Sarandon. And so forth. No celebrity name can be repeated. You win by stumping the other person. If they couldn’t come up with another celebrity within a reasonable time frame they lose the game. So, coming up with names with weird letters like Q and Y and Z and stuff is key. I’ve got to study up…

I’ll also be taking plenty of Sudoku puzzles with me. And probably a couple of knitting projects as well. I have a hat that I’m working on for Elle that I haven’t had the patience to finish.

While in El Paso, I anticipate eating lots of Mexican food. Not Tex-Mex mind you. Nick actually hates Tex-Mex. It’s not real Mexican food according to him. So, by Monday, I’ll be Mexican-fooded out. Hopefully we won’t have to make exponentially more bio-breaks on the way home as a result.

I doubt I’ll be able to check in or visit any of you over the weekend. We’re driving back on Monday, so *gasp* I’ll be at least four whole days without blogging! I’ve never done that before. 😦 I’ll miss you all. Don’t have too much fun without me. Play nice. Maybe go visit someone on my Blogroll you’ve never been to visit before. If you do, let me know.



  1. By monday we can change your name to Gassy Lassy!!!

    You two could play a geography game. One person names a place, and the other person has to name a place that starts with the last letter of the previous place: Los Angeles-Seattle-England-Dakon (NE)-etc.

    Comment by Coyote Mike — February 2, 2006 @ 1:37 pm |Reply

  2. Road trip! Fun! I like the celebrity name game, maybe we’ll try that next time. 20 questions gets old after a while.

    Have a fun, relaxing, and spicy time! As in spicy food, of course. Don’t want to be too spicy for the first time meeting of the father-in-law!

    Comment by abbynormal — February 2, 2006 @ 1:53 pm |Reply

  3. El Paso is absolutely beautiful! CJ worked there last summer. I drove from Houston to El Paso and back, by myself, and the drive took about 11-1/2 hours! I loved the drive though, the scenery is gorgeous! Have a fun and safe trip!

    Comment by Texas_Ivy10 — February 2, 2006 @ 1:55 pm |Reply

  4. You are going to have the best food! I am so jealous!!

    Travel safe. Looking forward to the pictures 🙂

    Comment by MommaK — February 2, 2006 @ 2:27 pm |Reply

  5. That’s a great game, Lass!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — February 2, 2006 @ 2:41 pm |Reply

  6. Have a wonderful drive!

    Even without our kids with us when we went to Shreveport a couple of weeks ago we still made some stops that were unnecessarily long. I don’t know if I know how to drive straight through anymore!

    Sounds like a fun game and one I’ll have to share with my family.

    Comment by Sleeping Mommy — February 2, 2006 @ 2:59 pm |Reply

  7. Have a safe and fun trip! I hope the real Mexican food agrees with you!

    Comment by Jen — February 2, 2006 @ 3:23 pm |Reply

  8. Drive safely. And try to see if you can hook yourself up to the exhaust system on the car. If galloping montezuma affects you, you may as well get a boost in fuel economy from the experience.

    Comment by Carmi — February 2, 2006 @ 6:11 pm |Reply

  9. You are such a good writer. I was thinking that as you described the celebrity game and it sounded like you were right there telling me how to play.

    Hope you get picts, great food and decidedly minimal bio breaks! lol

    Comment by Laura — February 2, 2006 @ 7:16 pm |Reply

  10. we play the celebrity name game,b ut we call it “think while you drink”. play it exactly the same, but whilst drinking alcohol. if you finsih your drink while thinking, it goes to the next person. also it you get a surname and first name which start with the same letter, eg tina turner, the direction changes.

    obviously not a wise idea to use the alcohol while driving tho!!!!

    Comment by The Toothfairy — February 3, 2006 @ 7:10 am |Reply

  11. Sounds like a great time!! Have some good food for me! I suggest maybe take a pack of Trivial Pursuit cards with you, you can quiz each other. You’ll have to come up with some ways of rewarding the winner, punishing the loser. I’m sure you newlyweds can come up with something!!

    Safe trip!!

    Comment by Carnealian — February 3, 2006 @ 7:16 am |Reply

  12. That game sounds great. I’m going to play that with Brian on the way to the cabin. Have fun on your trip!

    Comment by Jolynn — February 3, 2006 @ 9:07 am |Reply

  13. I can’t read in the car (so Soduko would totally be out for me) but on our last road trip, I found that I was able to knit. As long as I’m knitting something I don’t have to look at a lot, I can do it! And I feel so productive. I’m a multi-tasker at heart so sitting in a car for several hours without “doing” something drives me nuts! Have a wonderful, safe trip.

    Comment by Jessica — February 3, 2006 @ 9:49 am |Reply

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    Comment by SquashedToad — February 3, 2006 @ 10:05 am |Reply

  15. Have a safe trip and lots of spicy food! mmm… taco….

    Comment by SquashedToad — February 3, 2006 @ 10:05 am |Reply

  16. Just doing catch up

    I get the blues but more so this week for a long time, all due to being an over worked dogs body. moan over 😉

    Enjoy your trip

    Ps I want to see where Lord of the Rings and Narnia was made

    Comment by The Wisdom of Wislon — February 3, 2006 @ 12:04 pm |Reply

  17. dammit Lass, now i’m hooked on Sudoku!
    thanks for the link!
    (or not) arrrgh. LOL!

    Comment by Laura — February 3, 2006 @ 2:46 pm |Reply

  18. Enjoy the roadtrip! I love the Celebrity name game, suduko and of course music! You should be fine…if a bit stir crazy with the confines of a car by the time you arrive!

    Comment by Claire — February 3, 2006 @ 3:22 pm |Reply

  19. Hey…have a GREAT trip and a safe one at that. I hope you have a good experience meeting the FIL. I like your celebrity game. The one me and my husband play is much like the Kevin Bacon game where you name two actors (any two) and get to them by association…within 6 degrees. Well have fun and let us know how it went!

    Comment by Twist of Kate — February 3, 2006 @ 3:29 pm |Reply

  20. Have a great trip! I’m sure it will be interesting to meet your husband’s father. Although if you get there in 9.25 hours, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. 😉

    Comment by Lucinda — February 4, 2006 @ 10:25 am |Reply

  21. Have a good trip. Let us know how long it actually takes to get there.

    Comment by MarkD60 — February 4, 2006 @ 3:44 pm |Reply

  22. Enjoy your visit! Drive safely!

    Comment by Indigo — February 4, 2006 @ 10:58 pm |Reply

  23. I took your suggestion and went to visit Anti-Social Butterfly’s blog. Loved it. I decided to visit a link from everyone on my blogroll. I get so caught up in my usual reads I forget there might be other fantastic sites out there.

    Comment by Jolynn — February 5, 2006 @ 9:20 am |Reply

  24. I usually travel alone, so I don’t have anyone to play word games with. I tried counting Hummers on my way to Colorado last year, but once I left Dallas they were few and far between.

    Comment by FTS — February 5, 2006 @ 9:44 am |Reply

  25. I like the ‘bio breaks’ it’s sounds so clean. Pit stops is what I usually do on the road. It covers the input and output of gas from the vehicle. Take photos.

    Comment by mman — February 6, 2006 @ 12:12 pm |Reply

  26. Hope you had a great trip!

    Mmmm. Real Mexican food. Sounds OK to me!

    Comment by Marie — February 6, 2006 @ 12:48 pm |Reply

  27. i love the idea of those car games, i don’t know i could come up with a q celebrity???
    hope you enjoy your trip.

    Comment by Better Safe Than Sorry — February 6, 2006 @ 12:54 pm |Reply

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