spectating participant

January 2, 2007

road trip survival

Filed under: life — suzanne henderson @ 4:13 pm

I got home safely from the trip to Boston this past weekend. It was a good trip though very exhausting due to the typical chris social gymnastics I was put through.

We arrived late Friday (really Saturday morning) at his friend’s house, spending much time talking despite pure exhaustion. Saturday we finally manage to get out of the house for breakfast around noon, but had to rush to get to lunch at 2pm. At lunch, we met up with four other friends (and their two children, one of which was old enough to keep alex engaged). After being at the table for about 2 hours or so, we realized we needed to rush off to make our dinner arrangement with another friend and that evenings accommodations. First we stopped at another friends house, admired all their arts stuff and mechanical stuff before running off to New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, we stayed on a farm and got to do all sorts of talking and socializing about various farming options. It was an amazing old farm house with two cooking fireplaces, including the ovens, a wood stove, and a wood cook stove. It snowed, somewhat unexpectedly, on Saturday, and the farm was beautiful with the fresh covering of snow. The hosts are the earth-crunchy type of people and we got to see all their neat modifications for living about 85% off grid with their solar panels and water heater and what not. It was a good visit. After some sleep then a morning tour and hike through the property, plus visits to their other properties including the little dexter cows (google them, they are neat) we had to head back to the Boston area.

I was hoping for a break from people, but on the way, we mustered up a couple of people for lunch and then set about semi-exploring several squares and shops, eventually landing at a yummy ice cream place. I was pretty exhausted at this point, but we headed over to his friend’s new years party since that was one of the primary excuses for something, and socialized in the pre-party hours when we had no energy and they were busy preparing.

The day before, at breakfast and lunch, Chris has prompted some “seeds of discontent” with the new years party offerings for those people with children (seems the standard parties are expressly no-kids) and urged our first night host to start a kid-enabled New Years party. So we headed back to our first destination for the kid-friendly party that included people I’d already met and was much relieved to not be conversing with more new people.

About 15 minutes to new years, we headed a few blocks over to another friend’s party to say hi and celebrate. I think I was recovered from all the social acrobats just enough to go but not enough to actually be decent company. After an hour or so, we went back to find the kids (and their parents) had gone home and Alex asleep. We filled the next morning with more socializing and some yummy breakfast before heading off into the rain for the 8-ish hour drive home.

Chris drove most the way to my constant tense worry and fear that we were going to die. I just don’t do well with people driving my car, especially not when they make a fuss about not being so confident driving stick. But, I was tired and exhausted and driving in the rain makes me just as tense, so I forced myself to deal with it. The trip allowed me to add 3 more states to my list and have planted seeds of possible New England migration later this year.

All and all, I’m tired.