Road Tripping

We drove down to a little city/town/podunk village called Hondo outside San Antonio today to take some pictures of a building for Bart’s dad. (He’s paying us to do it – we don’t just spend six hours driving on Saturday morning for the fun of us, lest you think we’ll be happy to run an errand for you in Dallas or Houston or El Paso when we have a free weekend. We won’t).

We spent most of the time (when I was drifting off to sleep, since we’d stayed up until almost three a.m. with some friends and then left at 8:45 a.m.) listening to a book on CD called The Amulet of Samarkand. We picked it up at the library last week based on two things: the fantasy sticker on the spine and the fact that it’s the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy (Bart was instantly interested by the “Bartimaeus” part).

Anyway, it’s turned out to be very clever and funny, with an astonishingly good narrator. We checked out the other two CD sets so we can get through the whole trilogy in our upcoming car trips.

Car travel is something Bart and I are still getting good at. For me, a car trip has always meant time to read. Bart does not appreciate me reading and leaving him to drive in silence. Last year, when we did 18 hours of driving in a weekend, we listened to Harry Potter. This was great, but we’ve had trouble duplicating the experience because Bart and I have fairly divergent taste in books. Thankfully, Bartimaeus has saved the day. Bless him.

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  • Reply housewife December 16, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Haha! I’m so glad that we’re not the only ones that have dissimilar ideas of what should be done on a road trip. I want to read, and my husband, like yours, does not appreciate my silence. We’ll have to try that new series.

  • Reply TheMoncurs December 16, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    When I was a baby, putting me in the car was often the only thing that put me to sleep. Now, any time I’m in the car for over an hour I am OUT. And I will sleep for HOURS. It’s really boring for whoever is driving with me, but I really can’t help it.

    I can’t read in the car (I sure wish I could though). It makes me puke.

  • Reply Le Petit Chic December 17, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    I can’t read in cars (or anything moving) because I get terrible motion sickness, but I never thought to try a book on tape. My husband and I do a lot of car trips so we might just have to try this!

  • Reply Miranda Family December 18, 2007 at 12:49 am

    Hi there! I think it’s amazing how much you love reading? Can you let me know if your parents did anything that would have helped in developing this love for books so that I can do the same for my kids? Anyway… we usually make up games in the car. Even if they end up being kind of lame ones like thinking up boy and girl names that we’d actually name our kids for every letter in the alphabet, and we’d debate over each name. It was only for the two hour trip to St. George, but it still passed up the time! We’ll have to look into getting the books on CD, that seems like a better way to make the time pass!

  • Reply The Dynamic Trio December 18, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Don’t you get car sick reading?? I can only read if it’s dark while driving. I love road trips, for me it means its a free ticket to eat as much food as you possibly can from destination to destination! lol

  • Reply Mary December 18, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    I can’t read in cars because I get motion sick.

    Hey, have you guys been down to Fredricksburg? If I remember correctly it’s only an hour or so (maybe two) from Austin and is such a cute town.

  • Reply She Likes Purple December 19, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    I always laugh when out-of-town family/friends ask us if we’re in Houston a lot. Um, not often, as it would be the same distance as someone from Rhode Island getting their groceries in Maine.

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