What Goes In…

Good morning my friends!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a funny story and I feel like we all could use some laughs. As you all know, last weekend, my husband and I went on vacation to Florida with my best friend and her husband for a nice, relaxing getaway in this fancy suite. I still plan to talk about that trip… eventually. I always have so many thoughts in my head. I’m totally contemplating writing about Poldark tomorrow to convince all you lovely souls that you should watch this show. We’ll see.

So while we were driving to Canaveral or Tampa (I can’t remember which), we recounted stories of the past. You see, my best friend and I have been friends for almost as long as I’ve been with my husband (upwards of 10 years). I met her in a video game called Final Fantasy XI and we pretty much connected instantly over our love for being mages in this game. About two years into playing the game, we all got it into our head that we should have a meet up. I live in Ohio and she lived in Alabama at the time. We were all poor college students at the time so airfare was too expensive. We got it into our heads that a road trip would be fun. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, drove a 1993 Honda Civic Hatchback. When we informed my mother of our plans to drive to Alabama in his car, she wasn’t a fan. I remember we had an argument about it because she wanted us to pay for a rental car but hello, poor college students, we could basically only afford gas. I ended up caving though when she offered to pay. I mean if my pennies aren’t being used, I will so take you up on that offer! I was poor, what can I say, haha.

We got a rental car, to my boyfriend’s (husband now) dismay. He was very attached to his old car. Then we packed up and drove 13 hours to Auburn, Alabama. He did most of the driving because I was quite nervous to drive back then. I didn’t get my license until I was 20 but driving in general freaked me out especially considering I was learning on a manual and not an automatic. Have you ever been on a long drive? It can be quite fun. I read or slept during most of it. A lot of people have motion sickness whether they know it or not but man, the best reading time for me occurs on long trips in the car.

We make it to Auburn and decide to plan out our trip. One of the main things I really wanted to do was go to the Georgia Aquarium. I had never been to one before and had heard nothing but good things about that one. I’ve been to the Baltimore Aquarium since that trip and I actually think that one is really cool as well but Georgia has whale sharks that swim over your head and that experience is truly something else. Another spot we hit up was the Columbus, GA mall. My friend wanted to take us because she said it’s a highly rated mall that we must see. I’m not much of a mall goer myself. Too much temptation to spend money I don’t have but It was something fun to do as a group.

The best thing about malls is mall food! Especially he Japanese fusion types of food. If you ever walk through a mall food court, chances are, there are a few people from each stall handing out samples. I can’t remember what the husband ate but me and the best friend decided to split a Japanese meal. They usually consists of you choosing rice or noodles with one meat and a side or pay extra and get two sides. Sides range from plain vegetables to egg rolls to crab rangoon. I believe we got noodles and some teriyaki or bourbon chicken with some veggies. On top of that, we all decided that we all decided we wanted smoothies form Orange Julius. If you don’t know what an orange julius is, let me explain it to you. It’s not quite a milkshake but not quite a smoothie either. It consists of mixing orange juice with milk and adding vanilla and ice. A creamsicle essentially. When you go to Orange Julius, you have the option to choose different flavors. I think we chose raspberry.

We all get back in the car to drive back home and I’m sitting up front with my friend while the guys are sitting in the back. We’re all just talking away when I start feeling really thirsty. I get my husband’s water bottle from him and start drinking it. The feeling doesn’t go away… My friend notices I’m quiet and asks me if anything is wrong. I just keep saying I’m thirsty. So I keep drinking water and trying to listen to the conversation. Next thing you know….

I bend forward and vomit all over the passenger seat floor!

I give my friend credit. She didn’t even brake! There were crickets from the testosterone gallery behind us because everyone was taken by such surprise. I lift my head up, grab the bottle of water, take a sip and state, “I feel better now” and smile; cause that’s just how I roll. My friend’s brother looks at my husband and goes, “Did she forget to tell you something?!”. Poor guy looks at me all shellshocked like, “Did you forget to tell me something?!” We get home and my best friend proves why she’s my best friend. She goes in the house and grabs cleaning stuff and just starts cleaning up my vomit like a champion. Didn’t even phase her. The funniest part? It wasn’t even her van. She borrowed it cause it would fit the whole group! I felt less bad cause I vomited in someone else’s van instead of hers. I’m horrible, I know. Mall food and Orange Julius doesn’t mix well for Nel. (Hey, I rhymed!)

So moral of this story, get all season floor mats in case someone has a case of sickness in your car so you don’t ruin your carpets and what goes in must come out somehow.. eventually. πŸ˜‰

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Are their food combinations that you know for a fact will not agree with your stomach? Let me know in the comments below!


21 thoughts on “What Goes In…

  1. You have me cracking up right now. 🀣 Ugh! The combination makes me cringe, but only because I used to manage an Orange Julius and it was in a mall so, sad to say, I’ve been there too many times! Heehee. You are so funny, Nel. This is just what I needed to start the day. πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ Good to know that you weren’t sick for a long time after.

    For me, citrus with anything else or melon with anything else just isn’t good. I have this food combining chart hanging in my kitchen that guides on digestion and what you should and shouldn’t mix. You can print it online. I’ll try to find a link for you.

    Kudos to your sweet friend that cleaned it all up! πŸ’œ πŸ˜‚


    1. Hahaha, so glad I could provide you with a laugh this morning! Yes please share this chart with me! It would have been quite handy for me those many years ago, haha. I’m the habit of just eating and eating things that I happen to want in that moment in time. Now I definitely have to think about the consequences of doing that!


      1. Here’s the link. There are some prettier ones out there! I think this one is the most useful. It’s basically for people who like to eat mostly raw food, but it can help anyone. The red line is interesting! I do combine nuts with my fruits though and that’s a no no I suppose, lol. 🀣 I think the take away is to get the best absorption of nutrients and it’s best to follow the chart if that’s the goal.

        Anyway, you might find it useful. Everyone’s so different. I definitely don’t always follow the chart, lol. 😁 I’ve been thinking about Asian food all day now. πŸ˜‚



        1. Thanks, Mischenko!
          Even though I had that that experience, I swore off mall food for a while but 10 years later and I’m back eating it again on occasion. I just don’t bother with Orange Julius’ anymore πŸ˜‰


          1. One things for sure– I always have to get pretzels and cheese, but I always pay for it later. Haha πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰ We don’t even have Orange Julius anymore! We had one that was a combined Dairy Queen and they went out of business last year. So sad. πŸ’œ Anyway, sorry for rambling, lol.


            1. Yes. I know what you mean. Some foods are worth paying for later, haha! We still have Dairy Queens up here but I don’t know if I’ve seen an Orange Julius lately.
              Ramble away! I don’t mind! I love it! 😁


  2. OMG! Your friend is the best! I would have been vomiting right along with you. lol You crack me up Nel. You are not going to vomit when we hang in a few weeks are you? πŸ˜‰


    1. Hahaha yes she is indeed! If our roles have been reversed, I’m pretty positive I would have told her to clean her own vomit. It’s just not something I can handle. Her stomach is steel I tell you!
      I promise not to vomit. I have a handy dandy chart on food combinations now thanks to Mischenko!


  3. Wow Nel! What a story! β™₯️ I do love the Asian fusion food at the mall but we only go there when we can’t go anywhere else so like 2-3 times a year… Orange Julius is so good! They don’t have it here anymore but we loved getting it when we were kids, yum!


  4. Ooh I’d love for you to do a Poldark post!! But I also want you to talk about your trip when you get the chance πŸ˜‰ I want to hear all about it! hahaha oh my god!!! That story was so funny!! I’m glad it worked out though- your friend is a champion!!


    1. 😁 it’s most probably gonna be a Poldark post tomorrow. I’m so obsessed at the moment. The trip is getting pushed back til next week again haha.


  5. Oh my!!! I love the part where Zel asked if you forgot to tell him something! I’ll bet if you had, I know who the Godmother would be! Great story and a cautionary tale for mall eaters everywhere! ❀️


    1. Haha! It’s funny you should mention who the godmother would be because while in Florida we had this very conversation. Except my best friend pretty much cringed at the idea of children and I was like, if mean and Zell have kids I know you’d make a good mom if anything happens to us! She just glared at me, lol.


      1. Haha! I remember years ago Bill’s brother asked him about looking out for the kids if something happened to them. Of course! Then he mentioned that he wanted to make sure they’d be in the same school district! Gulp! We would have been happy to have them, but wow, that would have been a game changer for sure!


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