“You’ll Never Believe…” with Sidney Halston

by Maryse on August 26, 2015 · 1 comment

in Fun Author Tidbits

Welcome to the 46th installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

Today’s “You’ll Never Believe…” celebrates the release of Sidney Halston’s latest book, Laid Out (Worth the Fight) - he’s a private mercenary and a martial arts fighter… *waggles eyebrows*

In this installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”, the author tells us about her ten day road-trip with her husband and kids! LOL!!!

You’ll Never Believe…what we did this summer

The plan was to go to NYC—just my husband and me. But a babysitting debacle caused a change of plans. So, my husband’s resolution was to say, “No big deal. We’ll make it a road trip and take the kids.” Let me stop here and explain something. We have three kids: four year old twins and a seven year old. That’s three kids! In a car… for ten days. Ten days because my husband also suggested that we stop in various places along the way. So, that’s what we did. The five us got in a car and went on a road trip from Miami, Florida to New York City with our three small children.

The first leg was long. Google Maps said it was nine hours to Helen, Georgia the pre-decided first stop. Google Maps doesn’t take the “we have to pee” every five minutes into account, nor the “we’re hungry” into account. Suffice it to say that the nine hours were actually eighteen very long hours.

Helen, Georgia is a lovely town that we enjoyed tremendously. We even stopped at Babyland. Babyland was the highlight of the entire ten days. Not the Statute of Liberty or the White House when we stopped in Washington, DC, but Babyland—the hospital where Cabbage Patch Dolls are birthed. Yes, birthed.

If you have never gone to this odd place, I suggest you stop what you’re doing and go. It is the most fascinatingly odd place I’ve ever seen. Employees are dressed like nurses and doctors and are in full character whether they are rocking a newborn to sleep (It’s a doll, lest we forget) or performing an emergency c-section (yep, still talking about a doll. And, by the way, this was met with my three kids’ screaming in horror). Anyway, I was really into Cabbage Patch dolls as a kid so I thoroughly enjoyed this place.

Next leg was D.C. which my kids loved but thought all brick houses were Minecraft houses (we don’t have much brick in Miami), and they enjoyed that more than the monuments. So that was a surprising turn of events. My husband and I trying to explain the Lincoln Memorial and my children touching the brick buildings in awe. Next we hit up NYC. That was my favorite part of the trip and we all had fun eating our fill of NY-style pizza.

Our final stop was Williamsburg, Virginia. Word of advice to parents: not a hit with the kids and the hundred degree heat didn’t help.

Anyway, it was quite the adventure being stuck together for ten days in a car. It turned out way better than I expected and I’m actually glad we took the kids along. It was definitely a trip we will never forget. Although next time—I think we’ll fly!

P.S. Note to the author: You are SO lucky to have gone to Babylon General!!!! I’ve always wanted to go!!! :D Oh and of course, I want to go to NY too, to eat that pizza! Oh and to see everything that’s awesome about NY. :D

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Jennifer August 27, 2015 at 12:04 AM

Great road trip story! Loved the descriptions!

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