9/30/11

Thank Goodness for Hotel Coffee Makers and Ramen


My regular readers might recall I'm traveling this week.

Our family has been transferred to a new state and are in the middle of relocating 1000 miles away.   We were blessed to get an offer on our current home so after trying for 3 weeks to get away and get to the 'new' city and state, I finally could not put it off any longer and left last weekend to travel to where my husband and 1 daughter have been living for the last few months, and go house hunting this week.

Our family travels by car a lot.  We rarely fly (who can afford it when you have a family of five?) So making a 15 hour solo drive across the country, I decided to do something I normally never do.  I made the decision to make it more 'leisurely' by only driving 10 hours the first day, stopping for the night and then continuing the rest of the way in the morning. 

Stopping only for gas twice and a quick bathroom break once; I munched on a peach and a banana on the way and drank the bottled waters I had brought with me.  I arrived in Tennessee and got settled into my hotel room around 7:pm and realized...  I was hungry.  Very hungry.

The last thing I wanted to do was get back into my vehicle to drive somewhere and pick up fast food.  I had no cash on me (only a debit card and credit card) so I didn't want to order pizza delivery, and although there was 1 full serve restaurant within walking distance of my hotel, I really didn't want to make eating that big of a deal nor do I like eating solo in large, busy restaurants.

Then I remembered;  I had slipped a package of Spicy Hot Ramen Noodles into my computer laptop bag!  It was a spur of the moment decision at the time, but I the packages are thin and easy to tote and I had put one in there, although at the time I didn't know why I did.  It was just a random thing I did at the time.

Then I laughed at myself.

I had Ramen but I had no bowl.  No fork.  But wait!  I had a coffeemaker a styrofoam cups in my hotel bathroom!  Bingo.



I broke the Ramen into quarters (the cups are small), added some of the Spicy Hot flavor packet and brewed a cup using the hot water from the coffeemaker by not adding a coffee packet.  I sipped it as soup and it was... delicious!

Hot and spicy.  Filling.  Just what I needed at the end of a long day having only had fresh fruit. 

Just as I keep an extra pair of flip flops in my truck, I guess I may just have to keep an extra package of Spicy Ramen in my laptop bag!

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