Amenities

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Googling the words ‘tiny houses’ brings up numerous hits about companies that make them, people that own them and even information about the “tiny house movement”. I’m not sure if our tractor would count as a tiny house according to the movement, but since we live in it and it’s really small, I figure it fits the bill.
The only, real exception I can think of is our lack of plumbing. No sink, no shower, no toilet, no washer.
Fortunately, we normally have access to clean restrooms, showers and laundry facilities at travel centers and service areas along the way, but sometimes it’s nice to find a place where someone has obviously put in a little extra effort to make truck drivers feel more at home.
A couple of days ago, we stopped at TA Travel Center in Sawyer, Michigan to have our trailer brakes fixed. When we took the steps leading to the professional drivers amenities, I was delighted to find a tiny living room nestled beside the laundry area.

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While we waited, I took some photos and then proceeded to make myself comfortable in one of the leather chairs. I even turned on the little lamp on the end table and charged my tablet using the provided outlet. It was a welcome change from the more public feeling of the tv and movie rooms we see in many of the places we spend our off time. I enjoyed my little respite there and having laundry to do simply added to the homey feeling.

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Until next time friends,
Be safe out there ☺

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Transition Time

It’s been said, ‘The only thing about life that stays the same is change’. I’ve heard it said in many other ways as well. “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” That one was said best by Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black, but I digress.

I’m in the midst of a transition right now. Sometimes I wish I always knew whether a change would be permanent or temporary. In this case, I don’t know. I’m good with the rabbit trails today, huh?

Anyhow, I’m back in Indy for a bit to spend time with my daughter who will be home soon for her summer break. The big question is, ‘Will I be riding shotgun again in the fall?’ At this point, I don’t know.

See, I finally got to go to college when I was 42. I earned my Associate’s Degree in Library and Information Technology in 2012 with hopes of landing a full time position right out of school. Yeah, it didn’t happen that way. I’ve held a couple of very part time positions in libraries and done some volunteering, but full time, long term positions have been difficult to find. Which brings me to why I’m not sure if I’ll be riding shotgun again this fall.

While preparing for leaving the truck for the summer, I found a position listed near where I would be living. As I read over the job requirements and perks, I found myself wondering if I could maybe, possibly get the position. So I put together a cover letter, updated my resume, filled out the application and sent it all in to the interim director. A couple of weeks later, I got a call for an interview which led to my leaving the truck 2 weeks early and frantically searching for the perfect outfit.

Now, I’m in wait mode. If I get the position, I’ll most likely stay in Indy and abandon my long term seat in my husband’s tractor. If not, I’ll probably be working as a  hairstylist until my daughter heads back to school, at which point I’ll be putting stuff back in storage, grabbing my traveling gear and heading back on the road.

Which will happen? Or will something else change and come into play? Only God knows right now. I can’t make the hiring decision come an faster, but I can enjoy the good points of being off the road like sleeping on a big bed, baking cookies and having a bathroom right next to my bedroom. Having consistent and quick wi-fi is a great plus, too. Thanks for reading my updates as I’ve trekked around the eastern half of the U.S. these past 8 months. I’ll certainly let you know what transpires when I know.

Until then, drive safely friends 🙂

Goodbye 2014

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So long 2014.
You presented new things to me: Living in the midwest. Driving in a lot of snow. Below 0 temps. Empty nest syndrome. Living alone. New home. New job. New friends. New stores. New church home. Skin cancer. And then another new home…one that moves nearly every day and has barely room for two. No more living alone for now.
You also included the familiar:
Walmart. Starbucks coffee. The unchanging God. A few months being mom again. Luke the dog. Sherlock. Doctor Who. Mammogram. Knitting. Music. Chocolate. Financial struggles. Tragedies. Meds and chronic conditions. And more.
Only God knows what 2015 will bring me. Probably some good and bad. Some familiar and some new. Time pushes us forward even if we try to slow or stop it. I’ll make my plans and choices while simultaneously working on trusting God with the rest.
So, bring it on 2015, bring it on.

Until next year, readers, please drive safely and responsibly 🙂