I'll admit it, I'm really REALLY geographically challenged. I have the worst sense of direction of anyone I know. Even Maddy knows her way around San Jose better than I do. So well, in fact, that she'll start screaming "No go home!" from the back seat any time the van is headed in the general direction of our house. That child must have a compass in her head.
I don't have a compass in my head. When I come to a fork in the road, I should have a 50/50 chance of picking the correct route but I seem to get it wrong about 90% of the time. This problem was made worse when I became a pilot because I was able to rely totally upon my navigation equipment. On the ground, my navigation skills are completely non existent. My instincts always serve me wrong. Even tricks like picking the opposite direction from what I'd usually pick don't work.
The weekend that Andrew and I were married in 2001, I drove to the San Jose airport to pick up my Dad. It's a journey I'd made (with Andrew) at least a half dozen times and it should have only taken 15 minutes but it took over an hour because I was hopelessly, helplessly, hysterically lost in San Jose for what seemed like an eternity. Fortunately, my Maid of Honor was in the car with me or I would have have been a sobbing, inconsolable, mess. To make matters worse, it was dark and the interior light in my car wasn't working so we had no way to read a map except under the sporadic glow of an amber street lamp as we sped past. It was maddening since we could SEE the airport but couldn't find a road that took us there. It was such a horrible experience that it stripped what was left of my self confidence about being able to drive anywhere in San Jose on my own. Now, how's this for irony: Before I moved to San Jose, I lived and worked in a small town in Southern California for 13 years and one of my jobs was a Deputy Sheriff! And I never got lost!
So, for Andrew's birthday this year, I got him a Tom Tom. Yeah, I know it's something I'll use more than he will but he does most of the driving when we go anywhere so this was a good excuse to cough up the money and get this little goodie. And it's a REAL GOOD goodie too! You can even program it to talk to you in a sexy James Bond voice (but I picked a business sounding female voice because I didn't need more distractions while I was driving).
Our other recent purchase was two Pea-pod Plus travel beds. They were on backorder for months but finally arrived just in time for our summer vacation! Since the girls sleep in their crib, in crib tents, we needed something to travel with when we vacation. We're going to try them out tomorrow at a local hotel (with a pool!). The girls are really excited about their pink "Bye Bye Beds". I'll post the results, and photos, of this experiment later!