The Daily Focal Point

December 21, 2008

Puke, Poop, & Perseverance

Filed under: Uncategorized — cabenelson @ 1:12 am

You know how people say, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey” ? Yeah, they’re full of crap because our “Journey” sucked… big time.

All I can seem to muster up right now is, “Oh Snap”

This is the only way I can begin to describe what our trip was like on our drive from San Francisco to Salt Lake City.

Remember how I said yesterday that it was going to be interesting with a 1 month old newborn, 2 people, tons of presents, and a 50 lbs dog in a Toyota Avalon? Yeah, add to the mix that my dog Bear ate a heaping bowl of Reese’s “Holiday Bells” (great little chocolate treats wrapped in tin foil) and a second heaping bowl of Chocolate Kisses just 10 hours before we took off… HE ATE THEM- TIN FOIL AND ALL.

I’m no Dog Whisperer, but I didn’t think Tin Foil and digestive systems worked well together. And boy was I right.

Needless to say, grabbing my dog’s neck to make sure he didn’t puke on the baby going 80 miles on hour trying to get off the Freeway with a screaming wife with horns honking and a barfing dog, was a new experience for me.

Here are the stats:

  • 3  – Number of times the dog barfed in the car
  • 4 – Number of diapers changed
  • 2- Number of times we ate at the Golden Arches (puke- Try and find something else in Eastern Nevada, I dare you)
  • 2 – Number of times baby Wyatt pooped on Kim
  • 150- Number of times Kim tried to talk me into leaving Bear in the middle of Nowheresville  Nevada.
  • 5 – Number of times we stopped to so Kim could feed our “Little Monster”

We laughed at our misfortunes and the fact that those chocolates have been on our entry room table since Dec 1st but of course the day Bear decided to eat them was just before our trip home… psh typical.

Even though it was building memories (Some I will never be able to forget) Kim and I wish we would have just flown in the open sky…

(This was taken last summer on our flight to Lake Powell)

When we pulled in to the driveway, Kim and I emerged from our hellmobile like a couple of Zombies

Ahhhh… it’s good to be home. But in the back of my mind I keep thinking, “Maybe we can sell our car and fly back.”




  1. RLOL!

    Welcome to the club.You’ll get all zen about it soon. You’ll smile wisely and say remember when…

    Comment by Sheila @ — December 21, 2008 @ 3:03 am

  2. Wow! What a stoy! Chocolate and dogs are a bad mix. Glad to hear you all made it in one piece. That’s a great photo by the way. I never manage to get anything so clear from the plane window! Happy Holidays and enjoy your time at home!

    Comment by 12littlefeet — December 21, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  3. Seriously I’m with the littlefeet, were you able to roll the window down or something. What a clear picture.

    Hope to see you guys while your here. We’re going to try and make it to the blessing.

    Comment by heather — December 21, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  4. What a story. I know it’s not nice to laugh with someone elses misery but with your writing,… I’m sorry, I did. My dog once ate easter eggs (also with tin foil) and didn’t even got sick. You sure have some new memories to laugh about when you’re old.

    Comment by nana — December 22, 2008 @ 3:32 am

  5. Well, you made it! Not sure what to say after a trip like that. I guess this puits things into perspective, a 1.5 hour 20 mile commute home from work in the snow doesn’t look that bad anymore. 😉

    Comment by Rob — December 22, 2008 @ 7:35 am

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