Freeform Katia

June 13, 2008

anxiety

Filed under: mommy bloggers, out'n'about, philadelphia — Tags: , , , , , , , — freeformkatia @ 9:56 am

I am going out for dinner this evening for the first Philly Mom Bloggers meet-up. I’m definitely excited! Problem is — it’s in Exton. As in: I have to drive the car. By myself. To someplace I’ve never been. On a Friday. During rush hour.

You’re probably thinking: yeah, so what?

Well, let me tell you: Katia doesn’t like to drive in the Philadelphia area. I grew up and learned to drive in a small town in Northern Ontario where “heavy traffic” consisted of 5 cars on the same street. I never had to parallel park. Our major highway was 2 lanes — one lane going in one direction, the other lane going in the other direction; occassionally there was third lane which alternated between the two sides and functioned as a passing lane. It was uncomplicated. There is one highway — it takes you east or north. If you went south you ended up in a river on your way to Michigan, if you went west you ended up in Lake Superior. Doesn’t leave you with a lot of options.

Anyway, back to today’s challenge: getting to Exton. I looked at the map and all I see are big roads with #s like 202, 476, 76, 100… I only recognize these #s because those are the streets that are always listed during the traffic reports as being clogged with cars. BREATHE. I think I’ve mapped it out: rt 3, rt 202, rt 100… and I’m there. BREATHE.

Well, once I’m there I get to chat with some super moms, including:

Wish me luck! Have a great weekend.

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7 Comments »

  1. Hi there! Looking forward to meeting you tonight. See you then!

    Comment by Sarah (Genesis Moments) — June 13, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  2. Understand your stress – I go through the same thing when I have to go somewhere new.
    Suggestion – Google maps and yahoo maps will give you street by street directions there.(as well as actual miles and approximate times) You can also ask it also to reverse the directions to go back home.
    Good luck and have fun!!

    Comment by Grandma Jane and Grandpa Tom — June 13, 2008 @ 10:11 am

  3. Can’t wait to meet you tonight!

    Comment by Amy R. — June 13, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  4. I know, right! It’s totally too many numbered highways! Don’t worry though – Exton is not in the city at all, not even close. You’ll be fine. I have anxiety over this type of thing too, and I do drive in the city quite often.

    We’ll make it though. See you tonight:)

    Comment by Beth - total mom haircut — June 13, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  5. So great to meet you tonight Katia!

    I understand about the small town driving. I grew up in a town that had one traffic light. Moving out here was a huge change for me. Never quite did get my inner sense of direction fine tuned since the move (eight years ago…yikes). Let’s just say I’ve unintentionally ended up in Jersey more than once…

    Comment by Kristine — June 13, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  6. Oh I hope your drive wasn’t too bad. It was so much fun to meet you!!

    Comment by dcrmom — June 13, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

  7. I’m glad you made it out okay Katia – it was great to meet you! Hope your drive home wasn’t too harsh :)

    Comment by whitney — June 14, 2008 @ 5:46 pm


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