Today, I checked my email only to find out she had changed her mind about going because of some other plans (less important I’m sure). I was bummed, but we were still up for the trip so I started getting ready. Then the phone rings. It’s Bonnie. Now she’s back on. Okay. Still…we were going regardless of friends so that was just a plus. She planned on calling my cell phone once she got there so we could find each other since we've never met.
Amazingly, we were able to get out of the door at the time I planned with lunchables and baby gear all packed. The ride sucked. The traffic here is horrid and we kept hitting clumps of it every 10 minutes. DC is about an hour away so that was absolutely no fun. To make the ride more enjoyable I was on the phone with Kempton. I told her all about the meeting of the Jessica/Jessica. We were both excited. I talked her head off only to realize that my phone was dying. It didn’t hit me until about 40 minutes into the conversation that I NEEDED my phone because Bonnie was gonna call me when she got there to meet up. I got off the phone with Kempton and about 2 minutes later…it died. UGHHH, now what?!!? I dug around in the console for that $30 charger I bought with my phone…NOTHING. Dangit. I started thinking. I wasn’t familiar with where we were, but I took a chance and exited just HOPING to get lucky and find an AT&T store nearby. Almost…I found a Verizon who gave me quick directions to a nearby AT&T. I found the store after about 20 minutes of driving back and forth and around and then back and forth again. Ran in to get the charger only to see a line of about 5 people waiting and two people already talking to the ONLY two employees about major heated issues. I grabbed the charger and paced hoping they would notice my urgency and see that I didn’t need consulting…just a quick charger. NOPE. I had $40 cash in my bag and the charger was $30. After 8 minutes of waiting and still no progress, I raised the charger in the air and said, “I’m buying this $30 charger!” I put my cash on the counter and said, “Here’s $40, keep the change, I got kids…I gotta go!!!” The man looked at me and just nodded surprisingly. I was urked inside about spending that kind of money on a stinkin charger that I already had AND I could buy on ebay for probably $10 but I needed the phone to get the call from the Jessica/Jessica so it was done.
As soon as I got in the car I charged up the phone only to see a voicemail. Hmm…it was from Bonnie. “My husband called…blah blah blah….he needs lunch…blah blah…I can’t go…” AHHHHHH!!! I was totally bummed. Jake asked if I was mad about wasting $40 on that charger and I said, “No, because I still needed it to get her msg.”
So meeting the Jessica/Jessica wasn’t going to happen today but that was okay. We were still gonna go to the zoo and have fun. After all this drama the kids were starving so they ended up eating their lunchables in the car.
The next drama came from driving through DC. Okay, the people here are FREAKIN CRAZY!!! We passed about 500 runners and double that amount of tourists, the capitol, the pentagon, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, an old man who decided to walk in front of my car as I’m driving about 50mph and had to slam on my brakes sending Isaak’s brains into my lap, and even a group of protesters seen here. I like the giant blow up rat…brings back memories. Jake said someone should make a movie about our adventures, and I agreed.
Anyway…we finally got to the zoo and it was great. It’s so nice not to be in weather hot enough to melt the makeup off your face and onto your shirt. The breeze was fabulous and the animals were sooo nice!! I’ve never been to a zoo where the animals are actually pretty close and fun to watch.
Just because I left Frederickburg didn’t mean I left the freaks and weirdos there. Can you tell me why a probably 3-4yr old is riding in this baby car seat? Please tell me she doesn’t ride in that in the car. Do these idiots know you can REMOVE that baby carrier and have an actual SEAT in the stroller? Guess not.
Here’s the porcupine…especially for YOU DENA! *wink*
BUT THE BEST PART OF ALL…was the HIPPO!!!! Oh my gosh, I have NEVER in my life seen such a FUN and animated Hippo. They are usually either not on display, or floating in the water with only the top section of their back showing. This guy was awesome! I could have stood and watched him the entire day and so could the kids. They didn’t wanna leave him.
We didn’t stay long because I ended up spending a crap load of mula on food and Isaak wanted to be held the last half (why did I forget my wrap?!?!?!). So that’s where they get you on the freeness. Of course the kids had to eat since they already finished their lunchables and I hadn’t had a single thing all day so I was about to faint and leave four heathens by themselves in a freaky city. The crappy hot dog and cheeseburger “value” meals were each $10. Not so much a great “value”. Also, the map of the zoo was $2 itself which I’ll be saving for future trips.
So the free day ended up being about…
$40 – charger
$2 – map of the zoo
$25 – food
$15 – parking
BUT…the memories?! Ahhh…priceless.
Here’s to meeting the Jessica/Jessica another day!!