i'm especially glad we have a car these days, since my little, teeny, tiny, precious niece, caroline, is just 6 hours away in cleveland. i grew up especially close with my aunts and cousins, and since most of my fam is coastal, and because they're especially awesome, i plan to cling (or should i say, Kling?!) to the fam we have close by.
jim, fred, and i ventured out to The Cleve last weekend. and it was wonderful. every. single. moment. was great. even the car ride was fun. jim, the fredster, and i drove past the wind farms and corn fields of illinois, indiana, and ohio, listening to The Decemberists and stopping at rest stops for candy and fast food -- we basically allowed americana to bleed out our ears.