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Let Me Tell You About This Trip.

No, not a psychedelic shroomie trip I maybe once had back in college.

I’m talking about this trip:

The one I’ll be taking in approximately one month.

The one where I’m driving, because I like to drive, and Justin will be flying to the endpoint, Philadelphia, because he’s a cheater and doesn’t understand the beauty of the road.  And also because he can’t take that much leave from work.

I’m incredibly excited about this trip for 2 reasons:

One, I will be going somewhere.  That’s right — it doesn’t take much to make me happy in this world, and ‘going somewhere’ usually does the trick.

Two, I will be visiting some of my favorite people on this planet.

Angie, the saucy Aussie, lives in Williamsburg, VA.  We studied rocks and maps together in college, and apparently Geology and GIS have tighter bonding power than whatever JLo used to stick her dress to her boobies at the Oscars last weekend, because even though sometimes whole oceans have separated us (her husband is in the military, too), we still always find a way to come back to our friendship.

Me ‘n Angie.  She’s trying not to look at my peeking areola.

Now.  If you’ve been reading this blog since my quarter-life-crisis days (which, let’s face it, will probably linger on into my midlife), you already know Erin.  If not, she’s the one who quit her job with me so we could move to Costa Rica for 2 months.  All it took was one trip to visit her in Frederic, MD and several cocktails, but eventually she caved.  And although she won’t admit it, I’m pretty sure she knows it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her.  You know, aside from meeting her husband and moving to Annapolis and buying her awesome fixer-upper and going back to school to follow her life dreams.  But whatever.

And finally, there’s Anna and her family, who live in Philadelphia, PA.  What can I say about Anna?  Well.  The first year I visited Justin’s family for Christmas was a little… overwhelming.  My family is very small, not to mention divorced, and with just a handful of cousins, our holidays were pretty low-key even back in the days when we all got together.  So, imagine how I felt when I entered his grandparents’ enormous house filled to the brim with family.  Aunts, uncles, and 23 (or so?) cousins.  And that’s just his dad’s side.

When I met Anna, she took me under her wing.  One of Justin’s aunts through marriage, she knew what it was like to come from outside.  What’s more, we’re very similar in beliefs and personalities.  And while I love visiting that huge family whenever we can, I’ll admit it’s nice to know there’s someone there who understands a little about from where I come — and why, sometimes, I just need more wine.

The thing about large family holidays is that, while you can spend all of this quality time with people, you still might not really know who they are.  Think about it.  If you’ve never seen the place someone calls “home,” do you really know that person?  I loved visiting some of Justin’s other aunts in Colorado one year because we finally were able to see what home was like for them — and they weren’t these bustling, crazy houses full of people, but  normal family homes.  Just them surrounded by the things they love.

This is why I’m looking forward to seeing Anna and her family in their own element — just them, their city, and maybe a couple of Philly Cheesesteaks.

And maybe… maybe


Kids, I have never been to NYC.

Not once.

It’s shameful, I know.

I kept waiting for that publisher or agent to call me out of the blue and invite me up for cocktails and a book deal, but it never happened.


So here I’ve been sitting, less than 12 hours away from this country’s most defining city, just waiting for an invitation.

And guess what?

It just arrived.

So those are the major planned stops so far, but I’m open to visiting some other sights along the way.

Anyone know of something along this route that’s worth the stop?  An amazing restaurant?  The perfect thrift store?  The world’s largest ball of twine?  Do you have or know of a wonderfully designed home that I should photograph for Apartment Therapy?

Hey.  I’ll admit.  While I love a good road trip as much as the next girl, I’m not going to turn down the opportunity to make a little money.


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Check out my 24 hour running diary of new york from last year, it will give you ideas.


Have a wonderful trip. And try to get to New York City. It is the best experience in the world!


Definitely!! I know a day won’t be nearly enough, but at least it’s something. :)

Ethan Zook

Be careful on I-95 between Richmond and DC; you take your life in your hands anytime you drive on it!


Thank you, I will. I’ve driven to DC before — it’s NOT a pleasant part of the trip. :)


Have fun ! hope your trip goes better than expected.


Why thank you!


When will you be in NYC and for how long? Of course, there are tons of things to do/see/eat/drink. Let me know if you have any questions!


Unfortunately, I think I’m only getting a day in the very first part of April. We’ll be taking a day trip with our relatives from Philly. BUT. I don’t expect it to be the last time! We’re probably going to visit Ground Zero (downtown?) and maybe Ellis Island – have any suggestions for eateries out that way?


I LOVE road trips… but with company. Hope you have a safe and fun trip!

Sassy and I spent several minutes trying to figure out if that was a little too much of JLo showing out her dress, or if it was just a shadow… ;-)


Me too!!

I definitely think that was some areola action going on. Oh well… at least she has nice boobs.


Awww, schucks! Let’s see what you say after you leave…!! Don’t worry, I’m on the cheesesteaks.


I’m sure I will say that I wish we were staying longer. ;)


OMG, you know what else is in Philly…some of your biggest fans :) and great places to drink and to meet those fans.

You must at least do a day trip to NYC, from Philly you can take the train in, and New Jersey Transit is cheaper than Amtrak, just ask Kat (or Anna if she lives in Center City?)about it.

Great thrift stores (2nd Ave) and our favorite discount store: Jomar Please do not eat Gino’s cheesesteaks, Pat’s is a nicer guy and his rival across the street. Walk around Headhouse/South Street and Olde City, you have to see the historic sites, and the Visitor Center. Believe it or not the Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the more interesting museums in Philly, sounds very strange, but it is very well done and worth taking a tour of. (cute restaurants around that area too) So much to see, but I’m sure your Anna will keep you busy.

If you go to NYC, go to Canal St, Chinatown, Greenwich Village/Soho areas, I think you’d like that more than midtown, and that can be managed in one day. You can walk, take a ride on the ferry, see the sights by the Battery and eat at so many different ethnic restaurants all within a few blocks. (I am a native NY’er) Unless you want to try and do some museums…sigh…then staying midtown is better

Above all, have a blast planning and thinking about it.


Uggggh SO excited! One day in NYC and only a couple in Philly is not going to be nearly enough. I almost wish I’d made Justin buy a round-trip plane ticket so I wouldn’t be forced to come back right away. :)

I would definitely love to get together with you guys!! It might not be a long visit since I want to make sure we have time to spend with our relatives (and hosts), but it would be a shame to make it that far and not meet up. ;)

patti tobia

If you make it as far as NYC then you should detour to Syracuse so Loren and I can finally meet you and we could take you to Dinosaur Barbecue. Absolutely the best!


Ahhh! Don’t tempt me!!! Justin only bought a one-way plane ticket up there, so he’s driving back with me. UNFORTUNATELY, that means I have to leave by a certain time so he can get back to work. Want to meet us in the city?? :)

Katie LeFebvre

Have fun on your trip! I always love road trips :) By the way, you should look up my brother, David (Becca’s friend), he lives in Richmond and would have a fun place or two to show you. Take care!!


Thanks, Katie!! I might just have to do that!

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