WritersButt Wed–Jennifer Update and Road Trip!!
Happy WritersButt Wednesday.
Ok, so it’s nearly midnight and I have to leave by 5 am for a two-day cross country road trip and I woke up today at 3:15 am. Yeah, I’m a little nutso-mode. And of course, I was to have written this post earlier and have had it in the cue ready to roll tomorrow while I was on the road but well … you know the drill.
But, it’s WritersButt Wednesday and I can’t let you down. Please pretend that you were anxiously awaiting this post, just for kicks, okay?
Before I go on and on about my road trip, I know we have quite a few new followers (WELCOME!!!) because of the fabulous Jennifer Oliver and the start of her journey. Well, she just posted a wonderful update on her blog –> HERE!!!
Isn’t she completely awesome? Yes, she is.
For those of you interested in starting from the beginning, in THIS POST, I included a list of links from the beginning to about mid-June. Also, we hang out here on the WritersButt Facebook page, in addition to Twitter with the hashtags #writersbutt and #wanafit. Please, join the discussion, fun, motivation and group love! And please, if you have ANY questions, I’m here to answer them, kick your butt and give you a high-five!
Now — Road Trip!!
So, you might be asking yourself, what does Ginger, miss 90% Paleo diet, pack for a 2-day road trip? Well, I’m going to show you! We have been traveling cross-country for many (MANY) years. First just William and me as a dating (and then newlywed) couple and then as a growing family. Over the years, we have mastered (in my sleep-deprived opinion) the art of road trips, finding what works best for us.
I remember in the beginning, when the kids were little (diapers!) that we had one of those mini-tvs with the attached VHS player. Yep, you read that right, VHS! We had a huge bag of Disney movies. Oh the magna-doodles!! We also have a huge case of music CDs. Now with iPods and satellite radio, the idea of packing a ton of CDs cracks me up.
Also, we are huge audio book listeners on road trips. I can’t imagine a road trip without an audio book! Anyone in the backseat can watch DVD’s in the drop-down player (w/ earphones) so that the rest can listen to books. Normally we listen to Harry Potter and have done this for years. This year we are switching it up and going with another book. (I know some of your are wondering so we’re listening to Divergent by Veronica Roth –I’ve read it twice—and I might download Dark Life from iTunes because my son is dying for me to read that.) I have the book downloaded to an iPod and we can listen that way through the speakers. We’ve come a long way from a huge back of VHS tapes. 😉
In terms of food, we have also come a very long way. In the early days, we’d stop at whatever fast food place had a playscape for the kids to work off some energy. It took about 2-3 years before we realized this was insane! Those places were nasty-dirty, the kids got totally amped up with the play and the processed food. Nope—that HAD to change. Now we pack food that doesn’t upset our stomachs, and gives us healthy nutrients and energy from protein and fats.
Here is what is going with the Calem Clan from Texas to Tennessee!!
Three containers of chicken with grapes. We’ll eat that at a rest stop. I will add some toasted almonds. YUM! We have a bag of fresh strawberries and grapes.
Hard boiled eggs for protein and fat. For years we have had fresh sliced apples with cheese.
Sparkling water, nuts and here I cheated and just got a can so instead of being unsalted, they are slightly salted. Also, protein bars for kids and me.
Here’s a fun tip for kids. Even though I stay primarily Paleo,the kids still get some ‘treats’ and one of them is cereal. We leave for our trip long before the sun rises. I get many hours of driving in before we make our first pit stop. Last year I got the brilliant idea of packing these cereal things with plastic spoons. I get small whole milk at the gas station and they have a little breakfast.
Make no mistake that this is the most important thing that I pack. This is my wine for when we get the hotel. I’ll have been driving for about 11 hours on little to no sleep. The kids will be swimming because we always book a hotel with an indoor pool. There is pretty much nothing I want more than a glass of wine! Oooh, another tip. We don’t go ‘out’ to dinner. After sitting in the car all day, the last thing that we want to do is sit at dinner. We order pizza (kids!) and salad (everyone) to be delivered to the hotel. We veg out with the TV and are just happy we’re out of the car until tomorrow.
Speaking of the next day. They kids make full use of the hotel’s continental breakfast and then we’re on the road again. About 5-6 hours later, we are at the lake and …. All Is Good!!!
So tell me, what are your road trip tips? How do you spend the hours of monotonous driving? Are you road warriors (like us) where you’re on a mission to your destination or do you wander off the beaten path to see what you may discover?
Also I’d LOVE it if you went to Jennifer’s blog and/or commented here, to give her some support after surviving her first couple weeks. She’s doing so well!! Go Jennifer!!
One last thing, I am hoping that my internet will be better than in years past and I will be able to keep up with my blogging. I will be away from home for over a month. (Lucky-Me — I know!!) If my internet is sketchy, I’m sorry! I will do my best. Don’t give up on me!
Posted on July 18, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged blogging, family, fitness, Ginger Calem, health, Jennifer Oliver, motivating stories, road trip, WritersButt, WritersButt Wednesday. Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.