Thursday, February 08, 2007

Cabin Fever

Cheap thrills. I love 'em. Getting some good ear wax out of my ear (or someone else's) gives me a little rush. Putting on cozy socks, eating ice cream in the middle of the day, filling up an online shopping cart with $4 items of clothing--I can't get enough of them these days. Maybe it's because I have been in my house now for a solid two months, with the exceptional hurried trip on my own to Wal-Mart or Target (just walking through those red automatic doors=biggest cheap thrill EVER,) and I did get to perform in one blissful show. Many parts of the home-body lifestyle are appealing. I have gotten really creative with my pajama wardrobe and have even come up with different ensembles (again, cheap thrills,) I eat all the time, and Tivo and I have become BEST friends. However, there are some days when I really miss my carefree, minivan-setting days. I was wild! I would drive all the way to Provo and shop, go out to lunch, hang out with friends, fight with Ethan all in between, you know, living the life every fabulous twenty-something lives.

Now that I have been homebound, I've felt deprived of all of that. However, last week I had a glorious epiphany. I figured out a way to combine my love of cruising, shopping, and dining without endangering the lives of my preemies. I've discovered the biggest cheap thrill of all: drive-thru excursions. Last Friday, I loaded up everyone in the car and we traveled to Draper to Astro Burger. I got myself a cheeseburger, fries, fry sauce, Coke, and a chocolate-banana shake, and then we turned around and went right back home again. The girls slept, Ethan watched Cars, it was the perfect scenario. I felt refreshed and alive! I couldn't wait to go again! Then, two nights ago, I found an opportunity. Ben called me and informed he would be working late. I felt that tingle of adventure and I exclaimed, "Kids! Grab your coats!" This time, we hit Kneader's in Lindon. But my new-found obsession got the best of me and I sort of went "shopping" at the drive-thru! I ordered two turkey sandwiches, a huge thing of chicken noodle soup, a smoothie, and I kid you not, an ENTIRE raspberry creme pie. I could not even control myself, I was that desperate for excitement. So now I worry that my new-found cheap thrill is going to turn out to be a very expensive rush indeed. For example, you don't even have to tell me twice that Outback Steakhouse has a drive-thru window--believe me, I know it! I'm looking its way right now. But in the mean-time, I need everyone to let me know of THE best drive-thrus around, because I intend to hit every last one of them (and don't even try to tease me by saying Zupa's does, because I know it's not true!) If anyone wants to go with me, feel free! You can come to my house and I'll load you up with everyone else! But please don't take forever to order; I've got pajamas to coordinate and Tivo to watch.

12 comments:

Kristen said...

Okay, which Outback has a drive thru??? I wonder if any here do.

Hailey said...

Maybe I should clarify: it's not so much a drive-thru as a drive-up. But I do know that you don't ever have to get out of your car.

Betina said...

So funny :)

Have you discovered the joys of online shopping yet? Be careful, though!

I would also sugget knitting. Or crochet. Very satisfying, productive and indoor-ish.

How are the babies?

Hailey said...

Oh Betina, I am a dangerous online shopper. I have put myself on a debt diet this year. I learned how to crochet once during a play. I crocheted one and a half scarves and then never picked up those needles again--I've probably forgotten how!

Oh, and the babies are so so awesome.

Celeste and Brad said...

I taught you how to knit! I remember that! It was in between playing scum, you yelling at me onstage, and me putting vermuth in your coffee. Sigh...Good times. My advice on crochet, don't ever, ever, ever do anything bigger then a scarf.

Jenni Smith said...

Love how your creative mind is working these days! Old Navy has a plethera of cute pj bottoms these days (no drive-up though, only online shopping there). Maybe Sherry would be willing to start doing pj's for all holidays, not just Christmas, so that your stock would soar! Favorite drive thru?? Chilis (drive-up)--awesome chips and salsa and chicken enchillada soup and of course, the Paradise Pie--the ice cream may melt before you make it home though. Jamba Juice should really start thinking about doing drive-up or drive thrus...like call your order ahead and they can deliver to your car...I'd love it!

Hailey said...

Thanks Jenni! There's a Chili's in American Fork--I'll add it to the list!

P.S. Should I be embarassed that I'm commenting so much on my own blog? Another cheap thrill, I guess...

Kristen said...

No, it's like IM on the go...
I wish SA had a Jamba at all. :( If I am not mistaken when I was visiting my sister Michelle in College Station their Jamba had a drive thru. Maybe I remember wrong though, but I thought they did.

lisa v. clark said...

Why are we so much alike? You're like my younger, cuter, nicer little sister. . . it's so weird!

Ah, the simple, cheap thrills! Might I make a few suggestions? Fazoli's has a very nice chocolate chunk cookie for a dollar. And warm breadsticks. And good panni sandwiches (the 4 cheese tomato is delightful) and chicken caesar salad. I think it's worthy to note that the Orem Target has Coke Zero on tap. It really gives me the greatest thrill!

Thanks for the tip of the Einsteins North Orem drive-thru!

PS your hands are so soft

Shawn said...

So glad I checked in today to read your blog! Not like you comment on mine, though...bad, bad, bad daughter...

As for drive-ups, I will check out the Chili's also, as I LOVE those chips---so light that they make you feel that they are not causing any more fat handles on ones ever growing innertube that one would call a middle...

I think that you got this from your childhood, though, Hailey, as we were the biggest fast food freaks when you were little...and I too love to drive thru, even when I don't have to.

...And I guess that I will have to comment on my own blogs more often, also, so I can get 10 comments!! Good idea, since I am the only one that READS THEM!! (violins are going strong now)

Brinna said...

Note 1: Those red sliding doors DO ABSOLUTELY = the greatest thrill ever (I know... I get it every time)...

Note 2: Did you say fry sauce and chocolate banana shake? You are most definitely my sister...

Note 3: I am a self-proclaimed pajama connoisseur. I work at home and my office has a very strict pajama dress code.

stephmodo said...

Hailey I am in love with Kneaders too! I am willing to drive an abnormal amount of time for the opportunity to consume a veggie avocado on wheat. Kneaders knocks the socks off Great Harvest. Oh and btw, this is Stephanie Hatch Brubaker (Cher's sister). My sister said your blog is hilarious so I had to check it out!