I don’t think I’ve put up many stories about trips I’ve had with my mom. Some of them are a real hoot. I’ll have to remedy that. Anyway, Ma and I went to Albuquerque over the weekend to for a joint birthday party thrown by one of my friends. My birthday was a few days ago, hers is a few days from now. It was a Harry Potter party. As cool as it was, I think the party was more for him than it was for us.
We started off going to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I found it absolutely hilarious that they messed up Ma’s order by making one of her sides carrots. We both hate carrots. They put that plate in front of her and she just starting saying “I didn’t order carrots, I wanted apples,” almost repetitively. Just the sight of carrots seemed to offend her and they were touching her pork chop. The waitress was apologetic and went so far as to scoop the carrots off Ma’s plate when she came back with the apples.
The flavored jelly beans were pretty neat. I actually wanted to try a vomit flavored one, and I did. It tastes just like vomit which was oddly still a better flavor than some of the other candies. The chocolate shaped like flies was pretty gross. It was made from a cheap chocolate. He kept comparing it to Russell Stover, I kept telling him Stover’s is gourmet compared to the cheap chocolate those overpriced flies were made out of. I’d compare it more to those little chocolate coins you can get at a party store for filling treasure chests, but honestly even that chocolate is gourmet by comparison. Don’t eat the official Harry Potter flies.
The bees were okay. Much better chocolate and they’re filled with something similar to Pop Rocks, so don’t drink any soda unless you want your stomach to explode. There was another candy with a similar filling. I think it was trying to be an orange creamsicle.
I don’t like white chocolate. Some people do and that’s fine, I’m just not a fan. At least half of the candies were white chocolate. Needless to say I didn’t like any of those. So, out of all the official Harry Potter candies, the only ones I liked were the jelly beans that were made by Jelly Belly, and the pop rock filled chocolate bees. As you can see, I know Harry Potter so well that I know the names of all the candies and all that sugar made it nearly impossible to sleep.
That was it for trip, time to head home.
It was mostly uneventful which isn’t always typical. I did seem to run into half of the town at one of the rest stops. There was a band competition and the last weekend of Balloon Fiesta, so of course there were a bunch of people from home there. The fun came on one of the highways. A semi started to pass a guy in a truck. It all started out innocently enough, but we started to go uphill a bit and then a turn was coming. I’m not sure why the guy in the truck towing a camper didn’t just slow down a little when he saw there was a turn coming up and a semi trying to pass. All I kept thinking was that a car could come around that corner any second and none of us would know or even see it… and that’s what happened. Another truck came flying around the turn and had to drive on the shoulder to avoid getting smashed, the semi forced his way in front of the truck, and the truck had to slam on his brakes and swerved off to the shoulder to avoid getting side swiped. I had already slowed way down when I saw the turn so I wasn’t in any danger of hitting anyone. If only that truck had done the same.
The driver of the truck seemed really mad, and who wouldn’t be. It took him a minute to regain control of the camper he was towing due to the high winds, but once he did, he started speeding. The semi wanted to pass him because the truck was going like 5 mph under the limit, which was understandable because of the winds. I just stayed back after that. Better safe than dead.
And that’s some stuff that happened over the weekend. Maybe next time I’ll talk about something else that happened on a different weekend, or maybe I’ll actually start sharing stories. I could pick a day for that. I’m doing pretty good keeping up with this Monday schedule thing, maybe I can add like a Wednesday story time to it. Let’s find out. This Wednesday, I’ll share a story of some sort. Until then...
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YA Fantasy author and amateur photographer living in New Mexico. A reflection of herself, her characters are timid at first but tend to stand up and push through when times get tough.