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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Two Peas in a Pod!

Life is always an adventure when traveling with 100 lbs of quilts. 

It’s an adventure of course, when traveling WITHOUT 100 lbs of quilts, but throw two 50  pound military duffle bags and a 48 lb suitcase full of class supplies and a fully packed laptop bag into the mix and life can get very interesting, and very---HILARIOUS!

My dad drives a PT Cruiser.  Hey, he’s a single guy in his early 70s ((any takers??!)) and this car suits him to a T ---it’s sleek, black, and it’s convertible – perfect for cruising around Arizona.

It’s also only a 2 door!

This is where the luggage-juggling comes into play.

I phoned him from the plane as soon as we land – we were early!

I tell him I will meet him at the south exit after picking up the bags --- he surely can’t miss me ---and then we start to figure out HOW to get this much luggage in a 2 door car that has almost zero trunk space unlike MY former PT that had a full hatch back.

First things first:

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Trunk view – no room for quilts here!

But it does fit my main suitcase….

Can’t push the front seats forward enough to get the bags into the backseat ---what to do?  What to do??!

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Down comes the top!

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Yeah, Baby!

The bags are sitting in the back seat as if they were passengers, and I’m giggling all the way ----It’s like Weekend at Bernie’s plus one of Bernie’s friends…..((Remember that movie with the dead guy they just kept moving around and propping up all over?))

After getting the bags in the car, the top went back up and we were on our way ----with thumbs up from passers by on how we wiggled ourselves out of a very tight situation.

Where’s my sharpie?  I think I need to draw faces on these bags ----they just might be our ticket to stay in the HOV lane!

Plan for tonight is to order in Chinese food and kick up our feet and watch a movie and reconnect.  I haven’t seen my dad in nearly 2 years since he came to see me when I was teaching for Mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge. 

We have lots of catching up to do!

37 comments:

Sue's Stitchin' said...

I'm assuming hubby went home - or you never would have fit HIM and ANOTHER bag into that car!!

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Yep, I remember Weekend at Bernie's! Hilarious!!. I can see you and your dad cruzin' with the two dufs in the back seat. Enjoy the time with your dad!

Karen said...

Cute!

Tami C said...

Yes indeed, I laughed out loud when I saw the two friends sitting in the back seat of your Dad's car! Glad you managed to fit them in.

Pat O said...

Absolutely hilarious. Glad the top went up, because that would have been quite a site, cruising down the highway. Enjoy your time with Dad.

debi said...

Funny Bonnie - have fun with your dad.

Mimi said...

LOL...actually, it looks like the air bags went off!

Ruth Ann said...

How funny!
Thanks again for the fun classes - Virginia Bound and Bricks in a Barnyard - in Texas.
Have a great visit with your Dad.

Kate said...

Hmmm.. Dad is single and in 70s... With a cool car... But who is the Ann on his license plate, pray tell?
Great photos, Bonnie!

crazy quilter said...

Too funny !

Nanette said...

That movie was hilarious, was it too cool to keep the top down? I would have done the same thing, just put a hat on each and call them "Duff" and "Jeff"

Terri in BC said...

It looks like my car when I go to a retreat with my best friend - I drive a VW bug, and after shopping, we are stuffed to the gills coming home. Have a great time with your dad!

Rizzy said...

Too cute!! Glad to hear you have some quality time with your dad!! Enjoy!

Sharon Stone said...

I remember packing the trunk of my Z3 Roadster for a quilting weekend for myself and a friend. She didn't think I'd be able to do it. I like the look of the bags in the backseat. You should have just left the top down!

Patchwork Penguin said...

I so needed this giggle.

Andee said...

Too funny! I have a Honda Element...can always meet you and your dad at the airport and follow along behind you with the luggage..LOL. WELCOME TO ARIZONA!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Welcome to Arizona! I'm glad you got the top back up because I definitely think the temps today were too cold to drive with the top down, but I have seen it here. I wish there was time to get to meet you in person, but I can't make it to any of the Arizona classes. Maybe the next time you're here.

Kelly said...

Brilliant solution! I loved the weekend at Bernie movie. Have a great time with you Dad!

Eileen S said...

Sooo funny! Where there's a will, there's a way! And we quilters do have a will. Have a great visit and catch up time with your Dad.

Ava K said...

Where there's a will there's a way! Have a great time with your Dad


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

LOL I loved that movie ! so funny have fun

Sue Monsey said...

Such a funny post - so glad you were able to get everything into the car. It's always fun to reconnect with family - have a good time with your dad - and no shopping otherwise he won't be able to get everything back to the airport! LOL

Kim Andrews said...

Have a great time. Two years is way too long.

Dorothy Matheson said...

I loved having the laugh out loud moment tonight.

Sandra Rocco said...

I just love it!! Your blog is always so entertaining, as well as informative!! Have a swell time reconnecting!!

Mary Ellen said...

Your Dad must have the only black vehicle in all of Phoenix! You almost never see dark colored cars there due to the intense summer heat.

Lavinia-AZ said...

Adding my welcome to the others! Enjoy your time with your Dad and the rest of your stay!

shelleyjwilliams said...

So wonderful you have time with your dad. My dad passed in 1974, when I was a kid, and I miss him every single day. He sounds like a gem, and I surely wish you a great time with your dad. Have a fun time catching up and savor every single moment! PS. The duffle bags are so funny!

luv2stamp2001 said...

You do have an interesting life. I love reading your stories. I would love to see faces on those duffle bags in the back seat. Better yet a huge sock-like quilted one to use when necessary. LOL I also envy you having time to spend with your dad. Take advangage of every opportunity you get.
Edie in NC

Carolyn Sullivan said...

LOL I have a sister in Chandler... let me know if you want her # LOL ! I can send you a pic!

Allison in Plano said...

Hope your Chinese reconnect dinner with Dad was good. Too funny with your duffs; yes, faces on them would be great. Thanks for Pffereneuse and the Mystery. Busy with Easy Street. Lola misses you!! Hugs, Allison

Sherry Wollard said...

Bonnie, Your posts always bring a smile to my face! Have a great time!

Aliceart said...

My husband and I were out a few years ago in a Mustang convertible on a very cold day in late fall, when we found an AMAZING price on a large TV we needed. You guessed it, we moved the seats all the way forward and balanced it in the backseat with the top down. We had a forty minute ride home with that thing, and everyone pointing and laughing along the way. It's a fun memory.

Diann Smith said...

I respect you for many reasons and so thankful for your scrappy mind and all you share w/us but I'm totally AMAZAED at all you carry around with you to various places you travel for classes. I couldn't lift ONE bag esp. all that goes w/ you. The pics were funny of your dad's convertible and the "passengers". Love every single post. Thank you

HelenMarie said...

Enjoy your precious time with your Dad!

Clever idea for the bags! Right now, I have a van, so space isn't a problem with the kids mostly gone now... not sure what our retirement vehicles will be... will have to remember to think about when we replace current vehicles.. smaller is not an option!

sao said...

That is hysterical.....LOL LOL LOL.....and I do think you need faces on those bags to entertain future baggage handlers. :)

HAVE FUN!

sao in Midlothian, VA

krazyquilt said...

better be careful offering up your Dad to any takers(LOL) just saw his picture, very young looking, you will have the gals stacked up around the block. Have fun on your trip and share the pictures I love them.