Wednesday, November 11, 2009

75 hours WHAT.

"The butterflies are passive aggressive
and put their problems on the shelf
but they're beautiful."
-Ben Kweller, "In Other Words"

We pulled into Liz's drive at about 1 in the afternoon today.

I was so tired, I ended up staying at her house for about two hours even though Eia went to her parents' house and Liz went upstairs and went to bed. I just stayed, creepin' in her living room because I did not have the will to get back into my car after driving all night.

Okay, to recap. We left Lincoln, Nebraska at about 10 am on Tuesday, and began the incredibly long remainder of our trip pretty energized. I took a 5 hour shift, and then Eia took an 11 hour shift because she is absolutely ridiculous. That brought us to about midnight on Tuesday, after a long day of good conversations and eating just ridiculous amounts of junk food. We had massive meals at both Burger King (lunch) and then Taco John's (dinner). We also seemed to just be snacking, the whole day.

One of Liz's tweets sums it up pretty well:

@kristinahorner and @eiaradio's new driving strategy: Eating. Constantly.

We also spent a good portion of the drive playing the Oregon Trail on Liz's phone, because we were amused that we were taking nearly the same route in our car. Our actual journey was a little more successful than our video game one… since Eia died of a broken arm, I got lost for 3 days going to the bathroom outside, and Liz died of cholera? Pretty bad.

So at midnight, Eia woke me up from a pretty solid backseat nap and told me it was my turn to drive. I don't know about other people, but if I have already slept about 3 hours at a normal sleeping time, getting up and driving a car full of people I love and whose lives I want to keep intact is not my idea of a good plan. But we really didn't have much choice because Eia needed to get home for work the next day and so we couldn't stop and get a hotel.

Conversation started getting pretty silly as well when Eia was sleeping and Liz and I were just losing it from being so tired. I am copying these over from twitter just for posterity's sake.

Liz: "You know what? Evolutionarily, it makes sense to have your mouth on your head."

Liz: "Can you imagine what this trip would be like without technology?"
Me: "Like covered wagons?"
Liz: " like with cassettes."

Liz: "I dont wanna put shoes on and throw this bag away."
Me: "Well, your options are do that, or don't do that."
Liz: "Well when you put it that way…"

So Eia needed a longer nap, Liz was nodding off, and I couldn't keep my eyes open. Great. So I called Luke and he told me stories and kept me awake for about 2 hours in the middle of the night which I really appreciated, and then I was able to do another few hours after that, getting us to about 5:30 in the morning when Eia took over again and Liz napped. Then I napped. Then we stopped at a truck/store/gas place in Pendleton, Oregon, where even though it was like 6AM, Eia, Liz and I collectively decided we wanted hotdogs. So that was breakfast.

Then Eia got us to Yakima, and I drove us home from there. Which brings me to now. I finally came home after my few hours of resting at Liz's house. I brought in my suitcase, but left all our pillows and blankets and junk and food and garbage out in my car because I just didn't care. I didn't go grocery shopping or shower or... anything productive. Best day.

And now, the adventure is over.

We went through a total of TEN states!
Washington, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Oregon.

And we drove a grand total of 4,387 miles, which added up to about 75 total hours in the car. It was awesome. I am so glad we decided to drive.

This last week has been amazing!

Now I am sitting on gchat where Luke is trying to teach me to play guitar. So far I can just about play his incredibly emo song "Happy". I feel pretty cool singing that song in my post-wrockstock scratchy voice and am also considering painting my fingernails black. #NaNoEMO

I am so behind on all my TV shows! I'm going to go watch last week's FlashForward with my housemate Justin. It's good to be home, even though I miss everyone loads.


Emily said...

Sounds like a very successful road trip! I still cannot get over the fact that Eia drove for 11 consecutive hours... you should test to see if she is a robot or something ...

You should coin NaNoEmo ... after hitting the 10,000 word slump, I'm pretty sure that is how November makes me feel. =]

Callidora said...

I live in Yakima! Boring place. Good luck on the guitar!

Jordiekins said...

YES, you're doing #NaNoEmo now? Yay!

I'm glad you made it home safe, go to sleep.

(Also, if you have the time, tell Hayley we miss her. =/)

JustMargaret said...

It's good to have you back. :) I was considering doing a road trip to Infinitus this summer with some friends, but I don't think I could handle it!

seurat2 said...

i'm trying to think of something interesting or entertaining to post as a comment but as usual I've come up empty. So I'll go with you and your friends are awesome and I'm glad the trip went so amazingly well.

Chrystie said...

I love roadtrips :) In fact, I need to have one soon.

Ravenclaw2313 said...

11 hours? Eia obviously isn't human, which explains how she always looks good in pictures. Glad you made it back safe.

Also voted Parselmouths for WS4. Here's hoping.

Lindsey said...

Mhmm, I want to be Kristina Horner when I grow up. #lifegoals.
Where have I heard of Yakama before?

Captcha: hytha - A very lazy way to say 'hi there'. Say it out loud :)

The Vagabond said...

I'm glad your trip was fun. I am a little jealous though. You have amazing friends and an awesome car and have been to wrockstock 3 times. I am going to at least take care of the last of these next year. I'm glad you had fun. : )

That other girl said...

i love when liz says no like cassettes only tired people would talk like that im sure there will be more adventures for you i have fiji to look forward too next year so thats my adventure btw your blogs are so much better now

Brynne Annaƫ said...

Heeeeey! I'm from Pendleton. I'm currently at college in Walla Walla, but I hope enjoyed my illustrious (cowboy-saturated) hometown.

KaraDawlish said...

eastwick wasn't on last night. the CMAS were playing instead. i think it was the worlds way of giving me a little extra sleep after wrockstock. didn't even get behind on my shows :)

J O D I E said...

Wrockstock sound amazing ! Love Luke's song Happy <3 I'm pretty jealous of your awesome life !

Maggie said...

I'm so glad you're all home safe! Yay!

I'm contemplating roadtripping to wrockstock next year, and it will only be 10 hours for me... and to think I was *complaining* about that!?


VicMorrowsGhost said...

It would NaNoSeemo that NaNoEmo is your new NaNoThemeo? Well NaNoShemo that's a cunning NaNoSchemeo but I prefer NaNoDreamo.

I seriously doubt who ever ends up buying your car after the Festiva Project is over will have half as much fun in it as you have.