"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown

Friday, November 14, 2008

(At LEAST) 200 days and counting

Is it next summer yet?? I really, really want it to be next summer… can we just skip forward a few months?

I was all excited about fall and winter – enjoying the cooler weather, relaxing over the holidays – and now, all I can think about is Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. Thanks Dad!!

My aforementioned, musically talented little brother and I are both major adrenaline junkies. High speeds, insane heights, unexpected twists and sharp turns? BRING THEM! Well, lucky for us, Cedar Point has SEVENTEEN roller coasters. Did you catch that?? SEVENTEEN! That’s like sitting a drug addict down in a room full of crack.

Well, Daddy had the brilliant idea to suggest that Sean and I take a road trip next summer and check them all out firsthand. It could be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever heard. Thank God Sean is old enough to share the driving responsibilities. (Yes, it makes me feel old that my little bro is driving. Of course, he’s 6’3 and hasn’t been my little brother in quite some time. Maybe I’ll eventually get used to that.)

So now, instead of enjoying the moment, I’m aching for time to pass so I can be on my way to some of the best thrill rides in the world.

Have any of you ever been? I’d love to hear stories and get suggestions on the best rides. You know, the one’s you’d hate yourself for if you missed.

I’m realizing more and more how impatient I am. This idea was just suggested last night, and I’m already wanting to know when we’re going, what we can see on the way, where to stay when we get there, what else there is to do in the Sandusky area… Somebody tell me to chill out! I might stroke out from excitement by the time the trip actually gets here. (If it does, in fact, ever get here. This isn’t set in stone. It was just suggested and my imagination is already running wild with it like it’s a guaranteed thing.)

Good grief. I’m going to be heart-broken if this doesn’t work.

Anyway, this is my not-so-little brother and me this past summer. I think he must have been slouching because I know he’s more than a head taller than me. I think he squatted down some to make me feel better about myself. I hear he's gotten bigger...like some sort of freaky, giant Sasquatch or something. (Only kidding Bubba...I'm just jealous 'cause the height gene skipped me for some reason. Although, I am going to need you to stop growing soon.)


Anonymous said...

Good picture of you and Sean! The height gene skipped you, Jen and me. Wonder how that happened? I hope you and Sean get to go on your road trip next summer and ride all of those roller coasters. The "thrill of roller coaster" gene skipped me, too. :)


Diane said...

First, Dude, chill! ;)

Second, I'm totally with you on the roller coaster thing. I have found, though, that the spinny rides are no longer for me. Something happens when you get older and they make you sick! Who knew THAT would happen! Enjoy them while you can!

Third, your brother is a cutie (and I say that in a totally non-perverted older woman sort of way ;)

Fourth, I get the height thing... sort of. I'm 5'6" (and the tallest woman in my family) but I have some tall cousins. Being around them is the only time I feel petite ;)

Fifth, I tagged you for a meme, but don't worry, it's not one of those annoying let-me-tell-you-about-me-me kinds... it's 'literary' :)

Mel said...

Well, your blog might be named ...and now I'm a grown-up, but your excitement scream "I'm 12 and I'm totally cool with that!" And, I'm...okay with that! Don't chill - be crazy excited! I would lu-hu-huve to do a roller coaster tour one day.

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