Wednesday, September 2, 2009

traveling bananas


bananas look nice, but everything else about them i can't stand. even so, caring mother that i am, i'll let my kids have them. the night before our last minute road trip to texas last month, i packed the car with the necessities, including a bunch of bananas, so we'd be ready to go first thing in the morning. the next day i opened the door to put the rest of our crap in the car and nearly passed out from the banana stench. i opened all the doors, put the offenders on the roof, and you know the rest of the story. i got sidetracked with the kids, wrestled them and the rest of our belongings into the car, forgot the bananas, and took off.

but wait! it doesn't end there. the bananas didn't land in our swampy alley or on some poor soul's windshield at 9th & kentucky or even in a student's front yard. no, those bananas were along for the ride. they lasted until i reached the edge of town, nearly three miles, when they were spotted by an old couple turning at the intersection. i saw them gaping and pointing animatedly at the roof and of course at that moment i burst out laughing because i knew what had happened.

now - our winners! i said i'd pick two, but i always draw more than i say i'll draw, so i picked five. ze number generator has told me that desiree, cristi, silke, jenn, and sue will each get a little packet of groovy doodle goods. please e-mail me your address by tomorrow so i won't forget to mail them - as you can see from my banana episode i have a very short attention span. thank you, THANK you to all who commented and participated!

and oh, oh, OH! before you go, please welcome bella back into doodleaction! she posted a drawing yesterday that will have me smiling for a very long time. thank you, bella. it's good to have you back.

36 comments:

alissa said...

Thats too funny! good thing the couple spotted them!
Hey we're doing a kc blogger get-together! I thought of you...
http://www.gracesbirdcage.com/2009/09/kc-bloggers.html

amuse me said...

Funny, funny. Great story -- save the bananas! :) M

la ninja said...

I already suspected you were a tad bananas, now I am just plain convinced of it. ;P

Rachel said...

What a cute story! I am always so paranoid that I have left something on the roof of the car. I bet those bananas would at least make a good banana bread!

Glad I have come across your blog.

amuse me said...

So now my second comment -- My daughter and I were talking this morning and she has to take her cat to the vet. That trip would include the cat in a carrier, a 3-month old baby girl in a car seat, and holding the hand of her 2-year old walking daughter. We laughed about which one could get left behind?!? :) M

Caroline said...

Very amusing story! Well, at least you must be a pretty careful driver if they managed to stay put for around 3 miles!! Congrats to the winners!

Cris Siqueira said...

wow aimee
this is unbelievable and so funny!!!!
i'm laughing here!!!!

Desiree said...

Yeay!!! Thank you for emailing me first! You are too kind!

Thank you!!!!!

Candied Fabrics said...

Hilarious!

painted fish studio said...

i once drove 15 miles with a big old minolta on top of the car. the car had a luggage rack, which kept it from flying off, but i could not, for the life of me, figure out what that weird thumping noise was... it took me 15 miles to figure out it was the camera strap flapping away...

lori vliegen said...

you are too funny (and i'm so relieved to know that someone else out there in this banana world can't stand them as much as i do!)!! thanks for the belly-laugh....i needed it! and the doodle is perfect!

congrats to all of the winners.... !

remistuff.blogspot.com said...

Blueberries, hundreds of blueberries.

Ces said...

No wonder!

We have no bananas today!

Thirty thousand pounds....of bananas!

Cristi-2 If By Sea said...

Great story Aimee! I love banana-flavored foods but HATE the real thing. Only one of my boys will eat them.

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm so excited to have won! Can't wait to add some more doodles to my collection...

cindy said...

i don't like bananas either and think the roof is the perfect place for them ;). i love that you drove so far with them there and that an elderly couple let you know. so good!

cindy said...

i'm sorry to comment again, but that painting is terrific!

BloggingQueen said...

Not a fan of bananas, either, but I am a fan of the word for this reason.
We call my mother-in-law Nana, rather than Grandma/Grandmother/etc.
Her ex-husband, my father-in-law, is now married to a Thai woman, and the word "ba" means "crazy" in Thai.
So occasionally we break up "banana" to mean "crazy Nana."

Carmen said...

That's funny!

Congrats to the winners!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

HA! Great story, and I'm sure you were the highlight of an elderly couple's day. I tend to drive around with a couple of bananas IN my car. They claim to be my kids, but I'm not buyin' it.

Thanks for the shout-out, sweetie!

jess gonacha said...

BEST STORY EVER. That's so funny, Aimee! And also, I don't have any idea how you could not like bananas-- they are one of my favorite things. I love bananas so much! YUM...... :)

Katrina said...

absolutely adorable story! how funny for the couple, to look over and see the bunch of bananas on your car. so sweet.

trinsch said...

lol! funny story, but fave part was about being sidetracked and wrestling crap and kids into car. sounds totally familiar and you totally caught that moment of leaving for a longer trip with kids :)

Nina Crittenden said...

Ha! Made me think of the time my husband drove across town with a poorly tied-down canoe...

steve said...

Haha, must've been some sticky bananas. I honestly, to this day, don't really like the taste, yet eat them almost every day. Lovely job illustrating this little incident too Aimee!

messyfish said...

you would not believe it, but i just now ate a banana!

Fruenswerk said...

I wont comment on that bananacar...HAHAHAHA

Alexandra Hedberg said...

neither number generators or little kids pick my name. Never EVER.

This is why I do not gamble. Every year we go to the amusement park here in Gothenburg - and you buy a kind of ticket-book (what is the right word for it?) for the rides. And you always get 3 tickets for the fortune wheels. I've done this almost every year in my life ... and the last year I've bought extra ticket-books because of being a mother. Have I ever won? NO.

Kelly C. said...

!!! ha!!! i love the story and the dooodle, lady!
xxoo

BT said...

That is a wonderful doodle of the car and bouncing bananas!! We once did it with 2 coats, and in spite of re-tracing our steps, never found them! Mystery. It's great that Bella's drawing again. xxx

aimee said...

your comments could not have made me laugh any harder! - and i am thrilled to have the dirt on all of you. now i know who are the banana eaters on this blog.

if you really wanted to see bananas, you should have seen me a few mornings ago when my three year old hid the car keys with only five minutes to get my older one to school!

welcome rachel - glad you stopped by!

Nicky Linzey said...

Same thing happened to my mum when we were kids, with a cabbage. Can you belive it stayed on the roof for the whole journey!
Great that you've inspired Bella.

L'Atelier said...

very funny!!!
lucky winners!

●• Thereza said...

omg, those bananas were in for the ride! sooo funny :)

oneartistjournal said...

Sweet Aimee, thank you so much for the explosion of attention on this unassuming evening...You are so kind..it means a lot coming from you. XOXO

elizabeth said...

Ha, great story and great doodle to match it. Those are some adventuresome, game-day bananas!

Totally unrelated to art: it's nice to find someone else who doesn't like bananas. I always feel like an oddball on that one. They're so cheap and nutritious, I feel like I SHOULD be a fan. You don't, perchance, dislike carrots, too, do you?

suzanne cabrera said...

I can tell that you and I definitely live in the same banana-on-the-roof-on-the-car-world. Thank goodness for that. I'd hate to be alone.