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OK. I am doing it. In the morning I am hopping in my car and taking the biggest longest road trip I've ever taken and driving by myself further than I've even driven by myself before to a couple of states I have never been to before! It's kind of scary and I'm kind of worried that something will happen and I won't know what to do and I'm kind of thinking I should stop for an oil change along the route. But I'm going! This is my anticipated route, although things often and always change (especially since the person I...

I never went camping growing up. Never pitched a tent or started a fire or made s'mores outside of a microwave. In grade school we had outdoor ed where we stayed in a giant cabin and I once took one trip with a friend where, I believe, we used a camper, and that was the extent of my roughing it days. I was never an outdoorsy kid. I much preferred my bedroom and television and air conditioning. It wasn't until late in college that I ever went camping. Every couple of years when we'd go white water rafting and camp at...

After coming back to the hotel. After eating a much needed sandwich. After taking a much needed shower. After sitting in much needed air conditioning. After putting on a clean dress. It was time to head out to the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest after party. We got to the bar about 5 minutes until the open bar closed. So, needless to say, within the first five minutes I was on my second drink. Which was the story of the night. We determined that there were much prettier groups of girls there this year than last year...

This was my third year in a row heading out to Coney Island on the Fourth of July to watch the annual hot dog eating contest. It's become a tradition for me, one I am not willing to give up any time soon. One of those things that once you see live it's hard to go back to watching on TV. Me and the Hungry Sisters got up ridiculously early and took a subway to Coney getting there at just before 8:45am. It was hot. Too hot. Honestly none of us were really all that excited until the train approached....

Saturday morning I was on my own. Sadie and Jamie and Carrie were off to the Brooklyn Brewery but I a) don't like beer and b) had a ticket to Broadway. On my way out I witnessed someone almost getting mugged. It was this teenage guy standing there with one of those backpacks where the straps are just strings and an older man walked by, punched his arm through the straps and yanked really hard. When it didn't come off the man just kept walking. The kid seemed a little shocked and I am happy he still has his pack. I...

Saturday I was picked up bright and early by ChrisS and we headed out on a road trip to Wisconsin. It was time for Easter Saturday in Milwaukee of a Lifetime 2010 A! We were going to check out the Jelly Belly Center Tour, watch a Brewers game at Miller Park, and grab dinner at Safe House restaurant.   Jelly Belly Center Tour Our first stop in Wisconsin was Pleasant Prairie for the Jelly Belly Center Tour! We took a little tram ride around the "factory" and learned all about how Jelly Bellys were made!     Actually not all about...

Three Fridays ago (I KNOW! I AM SO BEHIND!) I hopped in my car and headed down to Champaign to meet up with Jen and Andrew. I haven't been that way since their wedding last year so it was nice to make it back to see some friends I rarely see. Plus we had big plans for the weekend: we were heading to St. Louis, Missouri to go the City Museum! Once I arrived in Champaign, we went to Dos and I ate enchiladas. There were no mustaches in the mustache machine :( We hung out at Sid's place. Doug was...

My plan for getting to the Krystal Square Off hamburger eating contest this year went from non-existent to amazing to not-so amazing all within the span of a few days. I had always planned on going, but, as it was last year, it fell on the Sunday after the one Saturday a year I am required to work. In the week before though, my plan started to come together: My boss graciously gave me Monday off, Sadie and Jamie offered space for me to sleep in their hotel room, Mat said he'd come along to help me drive. Things were...