The Way the Frozen Banana Blends

I’m almost caught up with my comments! I know that this will sound like a broken record, but I really do appreciate how patient everyone has been with me the past few weeks. Obviously it’s not a requirement to respond to all comments; however I like to show how much I love each and every one of them so I try to reply every time. Personally I’m thrilled when a blogger responds to my comment on their blog, even if it’s just a little smiley face πŸ™‚

On the other hand, when a blogger doesn’t respond to someone’s question in the comments that really irks me.

Another thing that irks me?

Driving in cities.

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A lot of you are probably rolling your eyes right now thinking to yourselves “Duh Madison! That’s how our whole lives have been. We’ve grown up in the city, we’ve driven in the city since day one. Deal with it.”

But I haven’t grown up in a city. I have rarely driven in “downtown” areas EVER. Where I come from the only time traffic gets backed up is when there is construction.

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When I drive somewhere, on a really slow day I may pass a total of ten cars on my way into town (15 minutes). And that would be a “town” of 20,000 people maybe. Not 20,000 people in one block but 20,000 people TOTAL. When I look for a parking spot I sometimes have to park a little ways from the store (like 15 or so rows in a parking lot). I DO NOT ever NOT find a parking spot anywhere.

By now you may have tired of my rant, but I promise, it’s just getting good. Are you in a bad mood? Feeling a little down? Well– prepare to laugh because I’m about to make a fool of myself by sharing an embarrassing parking story on the world-wide web.

Today my fellow interns and I got out of work 1 hour early so that we would have time to make it to a local meet-and-greet for local interns. Theoretically one hour should have been plenty of time to drive there and find a place to park. Starting from work my GPS said that I would arrive at 5:01. That was before construction/city traffic ate up all of my time and I ended up arriving at 5:20.

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Add another five minutes when I realized that I had entered the wrong address from the e-mail notification.

Add another 20 minutes until I found a parking garage.

I entered said parking garage and received my ticket (also where I come from there are no “tickets” to park. You just park. Plain and simple). Then when I realized that there were no spots to be seen I circled back around ready to head deeper into the garage. That’s when I passed a parking attendant in a little look-out booth and I realized that I probably was heading the wrong way.

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Too late. I then realized that I had left the parking garage and there was no turning back so I made an awkward turn up to the pay station. Except I was too far away to reach through the window so I had to get out and wave apologetically to the man in the car behind me. Then I proceeded to put my ticket and credit card in the wrong way and have it flip in and out, in and out like a man-eating machine. I seriously feared that I would never get my credit card back AND be stuck inside the parking garage gate.

When I realized I had put the ticket in upside down I promptly did it correctly, paid $1.20 for a total of 30 seconds of “parking” (really just a nice little drive through) and literally jumped in my car because I was worried the gate’s bar would lift and close before I had a chance to cross over into freedom.

At this point my little parking escapade had cost me another 10 minutes, making it 6:05 and me being royally late to the intern meeting.

Oh, and I still had no where to park.

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That’s when I decided to:

1. Give up, go home, and get something for supper (driving sure has a way to make a girl hungry!).

And 2. Call my mom and rant, much like I’m doing now, about how I hate driving in the city and how I will never ever live in one again.

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Hmmm…

This may possibly be the strangest lee-way ever into the most untraditional WIAW ever, but, that’s the way the cookie crumbles folks.

Or the way the frozen banana blends, seeing as how that’s what I’m currently chowing down on. πŸ˜‰

For today’s WIAW I wanted to do something kind of different. Perhaps now though, since I never follow WIAW rules anyways, this is actually not “different” but normal? Eh, who cares really?

Today one of my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen, came out with a new book called The Moon and More. I’m so excited to read it that books have been on my mind all day! In keeping with the book theme I thought that sharing meals based on famous children’s books would be a fun way to go. I even included some snacks at the end to keep with WIAW‘s theme. Definitely my favorite snacks of all time!

Breakfast: Eggs, Ham, and Fresh Blueberries

Green Eggs and HamΒ by Dr. Seuss

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Blueberries for Sal by Robert McLoskey

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Lunch: Soup and a Glass of Milk

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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Dinner: A Big Bowl of Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson

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Snacks: In Moderation of course…

Cookies

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Donuts

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Cupcakes

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Pancakes

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Muffins

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Now I’m off to prepare my meals for tomorrow, get ready for bed, and snuggle in with my book Kindle app to read!

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Do you like driving in the city or country better?

Is it difficult to find parking where you live?

What is your favorite children’s book involving food?

Are there any new snacks that you included in your WIAW today?

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47 thoughts on “The Way the Frozen Banana Blends

  1. IS THAT A NEW SARAH DESSEN BOOK?! Haha I had to laugh a little at your city rants. I grew up in a small town but was always going to Boston so I’m kind of used to it. And now going to school in Baltimore it’s worse. But for someone who has never experienced it, I feel your pain!

    • It is!!! I ended up falling asleep Tuesday night before getting a chance to read any, but I hit the hay early Wednesday night and squeezed in two chapters before bed. So far so good.

      Laugh away πŸ™‚ I’m used to going to big cities, but not driving in them personally nor have they been anything like this. It’s a downtown city area/ college town so it’s like a gazillion times worse than normal in my opinion. Lol.

  2. haha omg that sounds awfuuulllll.I LOVE living in the city, but I would shoot myself if I had to drive. El trains all the way! Super easy to go anywhere…. plus I never need to worry about designated drivers when we party πŸ˜‰

    • If there was another alternate method of transportation here I would take it in a heartbeat! There is a bus, but I think I would have to get on it about 2 hours early everyday if I wanted to actually get to work on time. Whenever I see it, it’s heading in the opposite direction of the office…

  3. I totally feel your city driving pain. I’m from a tiny town and get anxiety just thinking about driving around in the city. It’s so awful. And your parking garage incident…you poor thing. I’m so glad you decided to just give up and go home. I had something strangely similar happen to me once but, from the sounds of it, I didn’t hold it together as well as you did. πŸ˜‰ Let’s just say there was lots of angry crying involved. Ugh. They should have special lanes in cities for “country/rural” drivers. πŸ˜‰
    I love those “If You Give a ___ a ____” books. They’re so cute. Great idea for a post!

    • Ya, no crying over here because I was just so dang mad. But there was definitely a lot of yelling. Thankfully I was on speakerphone so my mom’s ears didn’t burst. πŸ˜‰ Haha.

      I’ll second that motion for separate lanes!

      I had no idea that there were so many of those books! I almost wanted to do a post just with them, but then I realized there were so many other children’s books featuring food so I just HAD to include them all πŸ™‚

    • I’m not even sure what I am considering a city is even that big of a city either. I just know that I don’t like it at all.

      Me too with Sarah Dessen! I think I’ve read all of her books except Dreamland which was honestly just a little to creepy for me… πŸ˜€

  4. Uggh I feel ya with the paying for being there for a second. Most of the parking garages at my campus go by 3 dollars for every hour, so if I have to be on campus for a second (like many times I need to turn in a paper/return stuff) I have to pay way too much. But I really love the city and am hoping to live in a bigger one soon πŸ˜‰ I grew up reading Blueberries for Sal! Let me know what you think of the book, I am looking to add to my summer reading list!

    • So I feel pretty lucky now that it wasn’t 3 dollars… Haha. That stinks!

      You are certifiably crazy for wanting to move to an even bigger city Taylor! But.. I know there are definitely perks like more job opportunities and places to shop.

      I’m almost done with the book. It’s taking me way longer than normal because I am just so mentally exhausted.

  5. I was stuck in rush hour traffic for an hour yesterday. I kept expecting to see an accident, but the slow pace was simply because of sheer volume. I hate driving downtown (it’s really expensive to park), so I usually take public transit.

    • I’ve had a few days of hour long traffic stops too. It’s almost better (not really “better” because someone got hurt though…) if there is an accident because at least that’s out of the ordinary and is an actual cause. Volume is not something that can be fixed though 😦 Hope you don’t have too many more of those days!

  6. Aw girl I hear your pain. I’ve lived in the city for just about 7 years now and I still hate driving/parking/going anywhere I can’t get to on foot! Annoys the crap out of me to have to pay for parking almost everywhere, too. Luckily joe doesnt mind driving so he does a nice chunk now, but getting to and from work each day is enough to drive me bonkers haha

    • 7 years is a super long time to live in the city! I guess you are right- if I lived within walking distance of things it would probably be much more enjoyable! The only times that I really drive are to and from work as well – not very much and I’m still super annoyed.

  7. Love this take on WIAW, so cool!
    My favourite children’s books were The Hungry Caterpilla and There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake. I loved the hippo book!
    Ahh traffic SUCKS. I can totally relate to getting annoyed. Today it took an extra 45mins for me to get to work giving me a total commut time of 1hour 45mins. All because of road works, gaaahhhh!

    • Thank you Anna πŸ˜€

      I’ve never heard of the Hippo book so I had to look that one up – so cute! And I love cake so πŸ™‚

      I hope since you sent this comment that construction has died down a bit? Ours certainly hasn’t here, just moved locations some…. still directly on my path to the office though. Grr.

  8. We love all the If You Give A Mouse a Cookie or any of those books. My girls think they are silly.

    That book sounds like a great read. I will have to read it next. I am halfway through Divergent, but that will definitely go on my read soon list. πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

    • Definitely silly! πŸ™‚

      How are you liking Divergent? I just read that book this summer and loved it. And if you liked it you can read the sequel Insurgent too (third book out later this year I believe!). Have you read any of Sarah Dessen’s other books before? I would definitely recommend some of those first because they introduce the location of The Moon and More and give a nice back story that make it kind of feel like a home away from home to readers πŸ™‚

  9. Aw that stinks Madison! Sorry to hear that. I’ve never driven in a city but if I did I’m sure something similar would happen to me. I love the if you give a __ a __ series! Never heard of the cupcake and cat one though!

    • Just don’t ever move to a city. Lol. I’m sure you will have to eventually but stay away for as long as possible. I’d never heard of the newer If You Give A… books either so I was surprised by how many there were!

  10. Oh man, what a parking nightmare! That must have been beyond frustrating!

    Great books, BTW. Now I want to give them all a read. πŸ™‚

    • Totally and completely frustrating. Parking is already a nightmare for me. I’m a super visual person so whenever I back out I immediately picture all of the things that can happen- hitting a pole, hitting a car… hitting a person 😦 Yikes. Cities just make it so much worse.

      I want to check out the Give A Mouse a Cookie series to just see all of the new illustrations for the cupcake and donut books!

  11. Oh girl I’m definitely with you on the traffic woes. I’ll actually do my best to avoid going out at certain hours of the day just so that I can avoid the worst traffic. All of my biggest pet-peeves are traffic related, so yeah… I’d rather just save myself the stress and avoid it if I can. Driving in the country is way more peaceful.

    And out of all those books you mentioned, the only one I’ve ever read is Green Eggs and Ham. It makes me feel like I missed out on my childhood 😦

    • I don’t think I’ve been here long enough to figure out the best times to drive, but I do notice if I’m earlier/later in leaving that the flow of traffic is completely different. I should try to make note of that more often and pay attention.

      I’m sure you read a ton of books that I haven’t when you were younger. If there was one that every child should know though, it was definitely Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham πŸ™‚

  12. OH MY GOODNESS. Your post. I can’t. Hahaha πŸ™‚ I can totally relate to the traffic issues. That little monster truck? Yes, that can certainly be me at times. I love what you did with your WIAW! Have a lovely day, girlfriend!

  13. I’m somewhere in between regarding the whole driving thing, and vote for small towns! πŸ˜‰
    I’ve been living in the country for a few years now, and driving is not that fun around here sometimes. There are many holes in the roads in spring, deer and rabbits running across the street in summer, slippery leafs in fall, and tons of snow and ice in winter. On the other hand, driving in big cities can be quite annoying, but I believe you can get used to it.

    • That is a very true statement that you made about driving in the country. I’ve hit a ground hog and almost hit a deer a few times. I also know many people that have encountered some trees, etc. And snowy roads are the worst in the country! We are always the last ones to get plowed 😦

      Boo. Now I’m stuck in between too. Lol.

  14. I think it’s safe to say you’ve been initiated into downtown driving. What a total pain in the @ss, but at least now that’s out of the way. We don’t get really bad traffic in downtown Cleveland, not like some of the big cities, although it has been a mess lately because they are filming the Avengers movie right now and they have whole sections of the city closed off.
    I like the childhood book angle. It’s really cute.

    • This is one club that I would have preferred to not be initiated into. Ever.

      I asked my mom the other day if she had seen on the news anything else about the bad traffic in Cleveland. She had no idea what I was talking about. Haha.

      Thanks! I’ve been trying to shake things up a bit and not do the same type of WIAW every week. I guess sometimes consistency is good though…

  15. I feel you on the parking troubles… I”m always 20 minutes early or like 10 minutes late (depending on how long it took me to park my car). I LOVE Sarah Dessen and I didn’t know she had a new book coming out so you just totally made my day πŸ™‚

    • So far I haven’t been late to work yet– that is my biggest worry. I’ve been anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes early though. Lol. Traffic is going to give me an anxiety attack one of these days.

      Glad to make your day. Coming from another Sarah Dessen fan you should let me know if you like it or not πŸ™‚

  16. I hear you on the whole driving in the city thing. I didn’t grow up in the city so I’m not at all used to it. I can’t handle it even if I’m not the one driving haha!
    Let me know how you like that book! I’ve really wanted to do some reading lately, but it can be hard for me to get into a book.
    Oh and I love the layout of this WIAW – too cute πŸ™‚

    • I can handle it if I’m not the one driving simply for the fact that I usually close my eyes when I think anything bad will happen. It’s a bad habit actually now that I think about it. What if I had to take over the wheel or duck? Lol.

      So far I really like the book, but if you haven’t read Sarah Dessen’s other books I would give Just Listen or This Lullaby a try first. Those are much easier reads.

  17. City driving is definitely annoying but I’ve gotten more used to it in the last couple of years (since I pretty much live downtown!) My favorite children’s book involving food would definitely be If You Give a Mouse a Cookie πŸ™‚ BTW – Such a sweet idea for WIAW!

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