Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas by the numbers

Today you'll get the math; tomorrow you'll get the pictures, I promise :)

Number of inches it had snowed when our plane arrived in Newark, NJ: 18 inches

Number of hours it took us to get off the plane after we landed in Newark because the doors were frozen shut on the airport terminal: 1 1/2 hours

Number of trains we had to take to get to a station where Benni's sister could pick us up because the roads weren't paved through to the airport: 2 trains

Number of hours total that it took us, after landing in Newark, to get to Benni's sister's house which was a thirty minute drive: 5 hours. Our plane landed at 9:50 pm. We arrived at her place at approximately 3 am.

Number of pictures I took when we went into New York City later that week: approximately 4 million (or so it felt like) pictures

Cups of tea consumed at Alice's Tea Cup, an Alice in Wonderland themed tea house that we went to for dinner in NYC: 4 1/2 cups (I had the decaf Irish blend...SO yummy)

Cups of hot chocolate consumed on the trip, in total: (including Starbucks and WaWa): 4 cups

Number of pictures I took of just the TREE in Rockefeller Center: 15 pictures

Number of trains we took to meet Benni's parents in Philadelphia: 4 trains (yes, we are aware that we re-enacted Planes, Trains, and Automobiles this Christmas)

Number of times Benni tried to convince me that Cheez Whiz is the ONLY acceptable cheese to get on my Philly Cheese Steak at Pat's: 8 times

Number of times I actually ordered Cheez Whiz on my cheese steak at Pat's: 0 times.

Number of times the guy behind the counter made fun of me for NOT ordering Cheez Whiz on my sandwich: 1 (PS Benni got Cheez Whiz on his...and yes, it was better. Don't ask me HOW or WHY, it just WAS.)

Amount of time it took to drive from Philadelphia to South Jersey, where Benni's parents live: 1 hour

Number of times I almost slipped and landed on my ass because of all the snow and ice at Benni's parents' place: 23 times

Number of cats currently living at Benni's parents' house: 7 (8 if you count the stray that they feed but it refuses to come inside their home)

Number of cat scratches I have from staying at Benni's parents' house with 7 cats: 1 scratch, just above my right eyebrow as a kitten aimed for my hair wispies and instead sliced open my forehead.

Number of times Benni told me that he was getting me a Snuggie for Christmas after I made fun of it on The Big Bang Theory: 5 times

Number of Snuggie's I now currently own thanks to a smart-ass boyfriend: 1

Number of days I plan on listening to nothing but Benni's Remastered Beatles albums, all of which he got for Christmas: approximately 82 days

Number of Dunkin Donuts munchkins I can fit into my mouth at one time: approximately 3 1/2

Number of hours we spent in security at the airport heading back to LA because of course we had to travel two days after some idiot terrorist sews explosives into his underwear and takes a flight to Detroit (seriously: who does that??): 1 hour

Number of hours our flight was delayed heading back to LA: 2 hours

One beautiful, adventurous Christmas: priceless.

I hope all of you had some lovely holidays - I'm gonna spend this week catching up on your blogs and I can't wait to hear all your stories :)


Taylor K said...

I bought a Snuggie as a joke, sort of, and now I am in LOVE with it. I sleep with it. Which is probably why I sleep alone, but whatever.

Jenn said...

oh my gosh - you were busy. sorry about your delays, but it appears you made the best of it. :)

and the snuggie - seriously everyone got one for xmas this year - even me! for such a ridiculous item, they must be making a killing.

Indigo said...

23 times on the slip and slide. Man that's a weeks workout alone there. I usually have one huge flailing, geek dance off ending in a scraped back once a year. After that I'm good (winks).

I find it hard to fathom cheez whiz on a steak sandwich.

All in all sounds like a fab time outside the waiting. Can't wait to see the pictures. (Hugs)Indigo

Lori ann said...

Sounds like fun, I'm sure no matter what you do though Tracy you'd make it a good time. Thanks for the lovely comment, you know I think your pretty special(kick ass) too.
Can't wait for the pics.

Jo said...

Provolone! So much yummier, and also acceptable, on the Philly cheese steak! ;)

krista said...

i've never had a real cheesesteak. i feel cheated.

Darcy said...

this is such an entertaining and creative way to tell about your holiday adventures! number of times i smiled while reading: 1 continuous smile.

Jmarls80 said...

Dude: I, too, was skeptical about Cheez Wiz on the cheesesteak in Philly, but it is AMAZING. I got two, and had one for breakfast the next morning - which was AMAZING. I don't know how that is possible.

Joker_SATX said...

All in all, it sounds like a very successful trip! The numbers look great and they all add up!

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Gwen said...

I've been a Snuggie lover since last Christmas and I converted Ellie this year. Now I need to work on Brian. LOL!!!

We got 11-12" of snow and are possibly getting more tonight. What gets me is how many times I've had to shovel.

I'm so glad you had a fabulous Christmas and I can't wait to see your photos!!!


Wine and Words said...

Fozen shut airplane doors? Ohhhh No no no no no. Uh-huh. Noooo-way. This claustrophobe would have broke through that door within two or no.

B. Nagel said...

We had a lot of rain and wind. Par for the course in the South.

Sounds like you had much more of an adventure though.

PorkStar said...

haha very very nice. Welcome and cheers from NYC. I wouldn't change arriving at Newark airport for anything. JFK is too far and LGA is simply logistically inaccessible or worst yet, if you live in NJ and arrive at LaGuardia. 3 Hours to get home is a freaking joke.

Happy holidays and you could fit 3 and something donuts in your mouth at one time?


drollgirl said...

oh man. christmas travel can be oh-so-painful when the weather AND RETARDED TERRORISTS don't cooperate! gah! glad you had a super christmas anyway.

and that is a lot of kitties! i love kitties, so i would enjoy myself throughly if i was there!

and hot cocoa sounds pretty rad right about now. :)

happy new year, hottie! :)


wow...what score!
Glad you had a fab time~
ps: better than the Ads

Radical Bradacal said...

Awesome. :D

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