8.21.2012

NOW THIS IS A BLOG POST!


so the following is a post about that one time when i walked 150 blocks in one day.

i know! let's not waste any more time getting to it!

it all started because brandon had to work on saturday, and you know how that goes. huck and i sort of scratched our heads at each other like, well? what do you even do on a saturday with no brandon? pretend it's another friday?

so we went and got pizza.

this post is such a masterpiece already!

we sat at our little table in the corner and i blew on henny's slice to cool it down. and then i became aware of a fantastic conversation happening at the table of nine year old boys just behind us...

"a toast to london!" one was saying. 
"yes! to london!" said the other one.
then, "cheers!" they both said together.
i imagined giant pizza slices combining in brotherly union and i about died dead.

i handed huck his bit of pizza and stole a little glance behind me. we're talking nerdy boys here. the nerdiest. glasses, gangly limbs, goofy smiles, hair sticking up in places, sticky-outy ears. heartthrob material. they were with their dad. dad had this look on his face like... sort of a cross between trying not to laugh and trying not to roll his eyes and pretending with his whole might that he wasn't paying any attention. i liked it. oh i liked the whole thing!

and oh, they went on!

"mmmm. i really like this flavor combination."

"these are man-sized slices!"

"i know why the spanishes call it football... you kick the BALL with your FOOT!"

and finally:

"i can't even finish this! but someday... (his voice takes on a tone of reverence) someday i'll be able to eat a whooole slice."

i thought to myself... NOW THIS IS A BLOG POST!
you know, as you sometimes do.
(and now, here we are!)

sooooo... it was at this point that i glanced down and saw THIS:

whaaaaat? 

obviously the only thing for me to do now was push that stroller as far north as i could possibly go, just to see how far that would be.

i don't know. it seemed like a good idea at the time.

we'd made it about 50 blocks before i got kind of bored with it and we turned around. 

it was a little anticlimactic, actually. 

by the time we made it home we'd logged a solid 100 blocks together, me and huck and that dang old stroller. 

and later that night on our anniversary date, brandon and i added 50 blocks to my total--FOR ALL OF WHICH I WAS IN HEELS. 

and so. if there were a graceful way to end this nonsense? 
the end.

47 comments :

  1. Gotta love the big dreamers. I am pretty sure my food aspirations were just as obscure. My goal was to one day love brussel sprouts (apparently, a penchant for these little guys was synonymous with adulthood in my mind).

    Anyway, that portion was all very "overheard in New York," so thank you!

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  2. LOL, the "someday I'm going to be able to eat the whole slice" comment kills me! Way to set the bar for yourself friend.

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  3. You have a gift for writing Nat! This post was full of little gems.

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  4. 40 blocks in heels. you are my hero.

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  5. i love these posts. a true natalie post. you're the best.

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  6. This is CLASSIC Natalie. I love this post.

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  7. I love nerds. Glad I married one :).

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  8. LOVED this post Natalie. So good. Those kids are champions.

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  9. This post left me wondering - was the father of the nerds a nerd as well?

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  10. Those kids were awesome. As was this post.

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  11. Good grief, woman. This is why I love you and you are my favorite person. Of all the persons.

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  12. 50 blocks in heels?! woah momma! loved this little post, and little henry's picture is just so precious!

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  13. That's it, Natalie. You simply MUST write a book filled with all these little gems. And I will buy it the day it's released, and tenderly add to my beloved library that continues to grow like a weed, even when I say, 'That's it! No more buying books!' But of course I will HAVE to buy your book. And whenever I something crappy happens, or I'm feeling down and Eeyore-ish, I will pull your book from its shelfmates and read from its pages. And I will feel better. And my world will be made whole again. Please make this dream of mine a reality? Someday?

    Think about it. :)

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  14. This WAS a post! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Those boys will be designing our technological gadgets in the future. I love them already.

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  15. This I why I love you. And your new layout looks great!

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  16. i'm sure if there were a rock sitting on the sidewalk you could make up the grandest story-and thus i will continue flocking to your blog :) i.heart.nat.the.fat.rat.

    http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/

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  17. Oh man, I love your blog. This was a good one!

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  18. this sure is a blog post.
    and, one of my faves!

    xo the egg out west.

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  19. You seriously crack me up!!!!! loved this
    xoxo

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  20. This last week my friend Katie and I wanted to go to this shop for some new lamps that were on sale. Neither one of us has a car here in Scotland so we packed up my 18 month old and we walked two towns over. Chatting the whole way. We walked over 10 miles! I was sore the next day but it was great fun. We stopped for a sausage roll on the way and my toddler drank a whole bottle of cranberry water in one big gulp. Fantabulous day!

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  21. HA! great story, I can't believe you walked so much in heels... I think my feet would've just gave in.

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  22. I'm dying over those little boys! Kids are sooo funny.

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  23. Lol, this post is made of win. :)

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  24. Those kids sounds awesome.

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  25. Love. Reminds me of vintage Natalie.

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  26. I love overhearing conversations!! The one you heard was fantastic!!

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  27. I loved this post, you seriously can make anything interesting. I wish I had this talent.

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  28. YOU WALKED FIFTY BLOCKS IN HEELS???? aaaaaaaaare you kidding me?! don't get me wrong, i'm a heels gal my'self, but, i can't even do Vegas in heels let alone fifty ny blocks?!?!

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  29. this post had me cracking up the entire time i was reading it, so thank you for that! and big, big kudos for walking so far in heels. your calves are hosses now!
    -ale @ http://24thru30.blogspot.com

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  30. This is the most Natalie of posts and this is exactly why I keep coming back here everyday to read. You're awesome, Natalie! :)

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  31. I laughed out loud imagining the pigeons trying to eat fruit loops! Ah, I love these posts.

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  32. truly, truly awesome. just awesome.

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  33. Ha ha. Walking in NYC never fails to bring adventure...to those cool enough to recognize it. Have you ever kicked a pigeon? I've been tempted but have not yet succumbed. It would be a little bit evil, I know. But they're just so gross and pigeony.

    thestyleofbeing.blogspot.ca

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  34. Hahaha, that's awesome. I love overhearing little conversations that weren't intended for grown up ears. It reminds me of a time when I was folding laundry and my niece and nephew had no idea I was upstairs:
    (they're only 6 months apart, and were 4 years old)

    Nephew: Momma lets me drink out of a cup without a lid.
    Niece: No FAIR!
    Nephew: I even knocked it over one time and NOTHING SPILLED OUT!!!
    Niece: I--I, I just don't believe you!


    Congrats on your 9 years. :)

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  35. This post made me laugh. I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. This post reminded me of Idaho Natalie, and I loved it.

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  37. "someday... someday i'll be able to eat a whoooole slice!"

    love this.

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  38. heeeeeels? you are crazy girl! this post had me laughing, especially those precious little kids eating pizza!

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  39. That conversation you overheard at the pizza place is CLASSIC! I don't know if I would have been able to contain my laughter.

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  40. Oh my! That is a lot of walking. I think I would switch to flats. At least if I'm walking...

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  41. aw, i love the little changes you have made to the blog!
    and this post was way too perfect! oh little huck!
    xo TJ

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  42. Love this, however I feel like the nine-year-old boy would have said "i really like this FLAVOUR combination" rather than plain old boring FLAVOR. :)

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  43. thanks for the laugh. after my disappointing day, i needed it. :)

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  44. I feel like I just read a letter from Holly Golightly and it was wonderful, darling.

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  45. you are too amazing for words. i'm following and that's that.

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  46. superb job,your writing style fabulous,I liked very much,Thanks..................Pack and load

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