This is what happened in Pennsylvania


I kissed a baby cow while wearing high heels.


We went grocery shopping at BB’s, an Amish paradise in which you find bargains like 50 cent jars of chutney, or 9 full-size Butterfingers for $1.50, or a slightly smashed box of Cheez-Its for 75 cents, or apples for 39 cents/pound. It was like God raining down manna from heaven, and packing it in the trunk of my car for the return trip.


Rebecca was a GORGEOUS bride. But of course, I never got a picture of her handsome groom. Way to go, Annie. How can you even be related to the Parsons Photographers?


Other gems: I met both Paul’s parents and Graham’s parents (I love meeting my friend’s parents). We ate amazing home-cooked meals at the Zimmerman-Clayton household. I wore a sweatshirt that said “Penn State Mom” most of the time. There were chocolate chip cream cheese cupcakes at Central Market. I learned a lot about the Amish.  We watched an hilariously awful movie called “The Happening.” Paul and I ran for 7 miles through the farmland – but wait, that was terrible.

We documented our car ride to Pennsylvania. In the beginning we are full of enthusiasm, but soon spiral to misery, and then to sleepy insanity. We had absolutely no desire to film our return trip – we were too busy driving through a blizzard and discussing the world’s problems, using words unfit for camera – so unfortunately (but trust me – fortunately), this is all I have for you.

Pennsylvania Road Trip from Annie Parsons on Vimeo.



  1. Emily on March 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Finally! Jack was up very early this morning and I feel like I can’t really start my day without words of wisdom, or at least entertainment, from you. I think I checked about 11 times to see if you had posted yet.

    My favorites:

    “I hope to see both purple mountains majesty and amber waves of grain.”

    and, speaking of the bird eating something,

    “It was like… fonk, fonk, fonk… woooosh.”

  2. EmClare on March 2, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Looks like a fun, memorable trip – So glad! :)

    My favorite: about video minute 2:49, you’re at (another?) Burger King…you just look at the camera…with a very unhappy, uniquely Annie expression. !!!

    Made me laugh so hard. Made me miss you.

  3. erin, with the fabulous hair on March 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    i appreciate another female with a bladder that mimics mine. We would be amazing road trip partners. yes, that’s an invitation.

    however, i would have to veto both wendy’s and burger king in favor of a packed turkey lunch. Nope, not a joke.

    and i would most definitely veto the topic of power tools. And come to think of it, feelings too.

    carry on.

  4. Ginger on March 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Burger King Face = AMAZING.

  5. Little AP on March 2, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Loved the burger king face as well. :) Screamed at the computer when you said you were passing through Northern Virginia. “No! You missed us! Come baaack!” ;) Hope your trip is going well.

    Little AP

  6. Katherine M in Texas on March 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    I always thought it was, ‘amber waves of grace’ and didn’t find out the truth until I had to sing it for choir in high school. Let me also note that we sang it almost every day in elementary school. Absurd, i know. And, really, it doesn’t make sense because if grace was a color, I don’t think it would be amber.

    The video was wonderful! You did a great job of keeping the no spending rule for almost the whole week! I am highly envious of your bladder of steel. And I love that the ‘thing that was in a field’ could have been a fish.:)

  7. Annie on March 2, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    That made me laugh! Yay! :) Glad you had a great trip, even if you did have to drive through the night. :)

  8. Allison on March 2, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    when you started talking about seeing an eagle/seagull, i really thought you had written a poem that was going to go on for at least 15 seconds, and i was really excited about it.

  9. the handygraham on March 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    my headlamp makes me look like the devil…the spork was just a prop. OH NO – I JUST REALIZED I CAN’T FIND MY SPORK!!!

    Paul’s topic of convo foreshadowed our 4th riding companion for the ride home. My ILL-MATIC new Compound Miter Saw!!!


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