Happy Monday everyone!
I drove back to Nashville yesterday. A long 12 hour drive on my own. But it wasn’t too terrible.
Breakfast: Driving up I-59, I discovered that East Texas small towns love their little donut shacks, complete with drive-thru’s of course. I stopped at “Billy’s Donuts” in Livingstone, around 9am. Billy’s sells Shipley’s donuts, some of our favorites! I had a big cinnamon twist and a medium cup of coffee. I discovered on the drive to Houston a week ago that I needed some morning caffeine being on the road that early. So, did this cup of coffee do the trick? Well, it burned my tongue pretty bad (sorry Kathy and Elena, I still can’t figure out the straw in coffee thing) but once I let it cool down, it was good. Oh, and I got sugar all over my clothes and car from the cinnamon twist. But a good breakfast :)
Entertainment: No exciting stops during this trip. I have found that borrowing audiobooks from your local library is a great way to pass the time. This trip I listened to Jeanne Ray’s “Eat Cake” … of course, anything with a title like that will appeal to me! I also liked the fact that it was the author who read/recorded the book. I feel like that way you get a more authentic feel for the characters and such. Although I do have to say, Jeanne Ray’s voice wasn’t the most exciting. Oh well….
Exciting News from Matrix: Yes, this is a category in itself. My car would like to share a few fun facts from his journey:
- I filled up with gas in Hope, Arkansas – the home of the world’s largest watermelon and the birthplace of Bill Clinton!
- After putting in a clean engine air filter (the first time we’ve done this in 48,000 miles) I got record-high gas mileage on the drive back. Averaging 36 miles to the gallon!! Beat that you big dumb SUVs!! Even with a full car and dirty engine filter, we were still getting 32-33mpg, but really – 36?! wow :)
Moral of the story – keep your tires properly inflated and a change out your engine air filter regularly!
On to new, non-driving topics.
It is quite hard to believe that in less than 48 hours I am taking the RD exam. I basically did little to none studying while at home, and was probably more prepared to take this thing 10 days ago than I am now. Uh oh. haha. I promise I will get some studying done this afternoon (although it’s hard with my mile high to-do list), and definitely all day tomorrow. I’m meeting another intern/graduate/RD2B at Starbucks tomorrow for a study session, so that should get me back in the groove.
Oh, speaking of Starbucks- I went in today (after checking out Nashville’s lastest cupcake shop.. but that’s another post) and bought myself one of their big city mugs as a souvenir before I move away from Nashville. I’ve always admired them, I think they sell them in most cities. Anyway, it’s a nice big NASHVILLE mug, and I think it will be wonderful for my morning cup of tea… which I did have this morning, and could tell a difference without that teaspoon (or less!) of heavy cream. Oh, the life of someon who is moving in 4 days and trying to clean out their kitchen. I have so little left. The boyfriend was amazed yesterday to see that my freezer inventory seems to be completely made of bags of frozen peas now. Not sure why I have so many bags of peas, but I do. What can you do with large quantities of frozen peas?
OK, better get to some actually studying now. Yeah right… hahaha