Monday, February 28, 2011

The Nerd Herd

I just bought our tickets to Washington, DC for our spring break vacation.


I have a realization every time my finger hovers over the "Buy Now" button on an airline ticket purchase. It is this: even marriage has not completely beaten my inner commitment-phobe out of me. My commitment issues rear their head again every time I have to buy a plane ticket. "Is this really what I want? Have I done my research? Are there any red flags? Do I have the details right? THIS IS  A LOT OF MONEY."


And that's pretty much the only time I still have issues. Buying plane tickets. Oh, or acquiring new house plants. "I don't know . . . I mean, it has to be watered. Like, twice a week. That's a lot of work. Maybe I should just buy a book instead. Dust only improves them."


Anyway, I'm the only person in my family that has been to our fine nation's capital. Many times, in fact. I love it. But my husband, the Nerd King of Planet Earth (and I am his queen and most loyal subject), has never set foot in DC, much less the Smithsonian.


It's a TRAVESTY and I am packing a suitcase and three children across the country to right this wrong. I cannot WAIT to go wandering through the monuments with them, and the federal buildings, and  . . .  well, it's going to be AWESOME. Me, and my little nerds trailing behind me in a runny-nosed, slightly whiny, flush-cheeked, lung-hacking row.


YAY! (And oddly enough, I mean that.)

21 comments:

Happily Cheesy said...

Lol. Sounds like a good time. I've only been there when driving through, but next trip up to NYC we'll have to make a dedicated stop and be tourists for a while.

Ann Best said...

D.C. Almost my daughter Jen's and my hometown, now. She really wants to do D.C., which is about a two-hour drive for us straight through from our home. We both love the place. It's great for children with all the museums. I cheer you on!

Sarah said...

I'm the only one in our family to be to DC too... and I can't wait to share it with my kids and hubby. A while ago we were looking at a job in SC and before we'd even applied I was routing trips to the capitol...

MommyJ said...

I love DC! And springtime is definitely the time to do it before it gets too hot. Cause holy heaven, when it's hot, it's hot!

Melinda said...

I've never been and I want to so badly! My husband gets to go for a business trip in just a few months, I'm so jealous!

Kristina P. said...

I haven't been in years, but it's one of my favorite places to visit.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I'm so glad you're planning a fun family vacation.

I love to plan family vacations, but I also suffer from a small-scale panic attack right before I push the "Pay Now" button. I totally get it.

Becca said...

Love, love, love DC. Make sure you take pics at the Einstein statue, because you'll be surprised in a couple of years how small they look up against Uncle Al.

Also, Natural History. We loved that one (with a stroller).

Barbaloot said...

Love DC! American History is my favorite museum, but I'm guessing with kids you'll be chilling at the Air and Space one for awhile:)

You really must eat at Cosi's while you're there. In a sandwich chain I've only seen in the East and Seattle and I kind of love it so very much. They're on about every other corner in DC.

Susan said...

Awesome. I personally hate it up there, only because of the traffic though. But, you have to go to the temple. So beautiful.

Wave to me when you fly over.

~A said...

Oooh fun! Have a great time!

Charlotte said...

DC is one of my favorite places to visit. Have fun!

LisAway said...

Love love love it there. So happy I got to live there for a few months. Awesome.

You make it sound so cute, you with your little nerdlings following behind like so many ducks. Sweet. Have a ball. Can't wait to hear stories.

Carolyn V said...

I have never been there. But I hear it is a wonderful visit. =)

The Crash Test Dummy said...

That is going to be AMAZING! You go, girl.

Karen Peterson said...

I have a degree in political science and I've been to the capitals of four countries, but never Washington DC. I really need to fix that.

And I'm with you on plane tickets. I always hesitate for a moment or two before I take a breath and make that commitment.

Amie B said...

oh man - you should come visit! i live in the burbs of DC! or i'd give you a place to stay - we have a humongo house.

have a fun trip!

myimaginaryblog said...

I have commitment phobia about vacations. I don't know how people can stand to have a timeshare, it sounds so stifling.

We took our kids to D.C. a couple years ago, the very earliest in the summer we could, right at the beginning of June, and there was a freak heat wave and we walked around in 103 degrees plus humidity, and now my kids hate our nation's history.

I'll bet you'll have a better time than that.

Maggie said...

I found your blog next to mine on the "more awesome authors" from LDS Womens Book Review.

This sounds like a wonderfully fun, albeit slightly nerdy, trip. I hope you have a blast. My hubby swears off all major vacations until Little Number 4 is at least 3 years old, I am patiently waiting for that day...

~T~ said...

I totally agree about plane-ticket phobia. I hesitate long enough that by the time I'm ready to commit, the price goes up. And when I tell the crew my nerdy vacation plans, they always groan. So we didn't go anywhere last year. Hah! That'll learn 'em!

I grew up near DC. There's so much to see there. Enjoy!

Marian said...

We love visiting there because all the museums are free. If you have time, the National Zoo is awesome (and free). I don't remember how close it is to the other monuments, though.