Monday, March 31, 2014

My mom solves all my problems

It's been way too long (Christmas) since I've seen my family. The adults can handle it, we text and talk and communicate over social media. I get extremely concerned about my nephew forgetting who I am, though he does regularly gain access to my sister's phone and text me. Still, it's not enough, and I don't trust FaceTime, because who knows if he understands that I'm an actual person?

Plus, the majority of our FT takes place in the bath, where he is understandably distracted.
Additionally, cooking and caring for myself gets old, and it's well worth a 400 mile trip to let my mom take over those duties.

Finally, there's a big wedding coming up (my sister's) and it's time to shop for some jewelry and dresses for the events (shower, bachelorette, rehearsal). You know how shopping can really grate on your self esteem when things don't look like what you imagine they will look like on you? So annoying. Luckily I'm just helping shop for my sister, not me, so that's actually really fun, because everything looks great on her.

I was really concerned about doing the 7 hour drive each way solo. Eric didn't want to shop for all that stuff with us and go to yoga... weird, right? Flights are suddenly crazy expensive I get really tired driving and usually rely on mainlining caffeine the entire time. In the interest of not falling asleep at the wheel, I cut out all caffeine last Tuesday so that I'd have a cushion in case I needed a little extra this weekend.

Because I'm already sick of the mommy police, who are out in full force, let's break this down mathematically and hope no one annoys me. Since coffee and I severed our relationship on February 1st (yes, I clearly remember the date, it was a significant breakup in my life), here's what's been going on.

Daily pregnancy recommendation: 200mg
My usual daily intake: one chai tea OR one soda if I need it, between 50-100mg maximum, some days nothing

Since my consumption was so drastically reduced (pre-pregnancy it was more like 800 mg or more.... yeah), I figured it wouldn't be a big deal to cut it out, but I suffered greatly. All in the name of staying awake on the road and seeing Harrison. But I was still nervous.

As usual, my mom fixed the whole issue with a genius idea. Did you know trains go to Rochester, NY? That's probably meaningless unless you have been there, and then you get it. Well, they do, and taking one doesn't cost much more than the gas. Granted, it takes nearly 11 hours instead of 7, but I'll gladly sit and relax on a train for four more hours than stress over driving. Even better, trains have WiFi, so instead of scrambling this week to do all my grad work and report cards before I leave, I'm sitting here watching Modern Family reruns and writing this blog post.

The advantages don't stop there. I have a two hour layover in NYC, so, NYC bagel, here I come (hopefully).

I booked my ticket. Then hid my phone from myself so I could work on my grad project, because I am horrible at motivation and self discipline. When I check it again, I had an email from Amtrak that my trip was canceled and my money refunded, with no explanation.

Then my mom called and explained she'd canceled my reservation in order to upgrade me to business class!

My first response was "you mean anyone can just cancel another person's train reservation at any time?". Yup. So if you need revenge on someone who is an avid Amtrak rider, there you go.

That quickly transitioned to extreme excitement and gratitude. When I went into teaching, I accepted I would never experience business class on anything, and when I married another teacher, that was the final nail in the coffin. So this will be a new and wonderful experience.

I got some excellent comments yesterday in my #motherrunner post. I also got some advice not to gain 60 pounds. Seems solid. I'm definitely all over that.

Let's just say, the bag did not give me six servings as it claimed.
What's your favorite type of caffeine?

Have you taken a train? Thoughts?


  1. What a great adventure! Amtrak is the shizzle! Give everyone a hug from me... (including the guinea pigs.) And I expect photos of the dresses too...

  2. Beth and I took a short trainride from Champaign to Chicago and it was great! I loved sitting there relaxing, knowing that we were going some where and I didn't have to worry about a thing :) But that was also only 3 hours long, so 11 seems like forever!

    My mom took the train from IL to NY two times to visit us when we lived there. She said it was a long trip but she was able to nap and read and it went by faster than she thought it would.

    I hope you have fun and enjoy your trip :)

  3. When is your layover?! Let's go get cupcakes!!! I actually work next to the am track station so if it's a weekday I will be able to come visit you!

  4. The caffeine police can DIE!!!!

    This post just made me so much more excited for this weekend!

  5. I'm taking my first train ride in a couple of weeks! My girlfriends and I are taking it across the state to go wine tasting. It is weird that trains take so much longer than cars, though, I think.

  6. I have never taken a train, but I kind of want to, so much better than driving by yourself and all that time to do whatever, read, watch shows, pure awesome. ALthough WOW on someone being able to cancel your ticket!

  7. I've never taken the train, mostly because we would only take it to FL to visit my in laws. Train tix to FL are comparable to plane tix in price, but they take like 10 times longer than planes, so they aren't worth it.

    How is that cowboy bark?! I saw it at TJs this weekend and almost bought some...

  8. Your mom is awesome! I love taking the train, so long as it's amtrak. Our local commuter train is pretty gross and terrifying. I'd definitely take an extra 4 hours of amtrak to driving myself.

    What is cowboy bark? That looks AMAZING!

  9. Aww, your mom is so sweet :) I've taken trains internationally but never in the good ol' USA-- they really don't have them here. We're finally getting a lightrail installed so we're a little bit behind the times!

  10. Fave caffeine: Probably the drink that got me hooked on coffee in the first place --> Starbucks Valencia latte (orange-mocha. Which hasn't been made in at least 4 years. But...YUM. Although these days, I'd probably have to have it with an extra shot, since the local kopi (coffee) in Singapore is quite strong...a standard espresso drink just doesn't do it for me anymore!

    I never took the train in/out of Rochester (although plenty of friends did...just be careful at the Rochester train station ;) ) - BUT during my last trip to the US, I took the train between NYC and DC. Fabulous. Beautiful. Amazing. My feelings were the same as yours: I can work, sleep, blog, putz on social media -- in a big, comfy seat, while someone else does the driving. Uh..yes please!

  11. Your caffeine math gave me such a headache lol

    Your mom is the best. She should teach a mom class. Maybe I could send mine but I wouldn't do that to your mom lol

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