Lee has been working all week, leaving before light and coming home after dark, and for the first extended period I have been alone in the rig. I say alone which is odd because I am surrounded by friends, but as a self-reliant person I do feel alone. Everyone has been incredibly nice and have gone above and beyond to help, but it’s just not the same without my best friend to share things with. I am not lonely exactly, or sad, but it’s just not as fun without him. That’s strange because over the years we both traveled extensively for work and often left each other for as much as two weeks at a time, but this is different. Around every corner there are things I want to share with my best friend and it kind of bums me out when I can’t do that. I am walking away from this experience with a much greater appreciation for what solos do and huge respect for what my husband has quietly taken care of this last year. While I was working my corporate job last year, Lee took care of all kinds of things and they were largely under the radar. This week I have emptied and filled tanks (thanks so much Red for the loan of your truck hugely appreciated), done laundry at the laundromat, rolled cigarettes, changed propane tanks, and kept an eye on everything rig related. There is a lot of work there. I always thought Lee’s constant need to be busy was personality related, but between the chores and social activities I have been constantly on the go. As a matter of fact I am writing this at 5am, partly for a strong cell signal, and partly because as soon as the sun comes up it’s hard to squeeze in the time. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the social interactions very much, but I am surprised by how quickly a day is filled up.
And I miss the writing. I was spending quite a bit of time on posts that I just haven’t had this week. Which leads me to one other thing I want to talk about before jumping into the pictures. I have gotten to meet a few readers of my blog this week and one of them said, “You have to be committed to read your blog.” I always appreciate feedback and this particular comment really stuck with me, so I talked to Kelly and Cori about it and they didn’t disagree. I know these posts can be a bit dense and certainly they are very long, but truly I am trying to write the blog I wish I could have read before becoming a full timer. It’s not really a travel log, although there is certainly some of that, but hopefully a resource that people who are considering full timing can use to help them make their decision. So the detail I provide is with an eye towards someone who knows nothing about Rving or full-timing. For those who are experienced or really just want to know what we are up to I am sure that can be a bit tedious, but honestly that is my favorite part. There are many wonderful travel blogs out there and many folks who do it way better than me, but I hope that where this blog stands out a little bit is when I write about the emotional aspects of the lifestyle. But I get it, not everyone has 15-20 minutes to devote to one blog post, so I will try to do a better job of having the pictures and their captions tell the travel story as a stand-a-lone. That way you can always skip the text and just look at the pictures. See what happens when Lee is away, I get all in my head about stuff and oh I am having to edit my own blog posts too this week. He really deserves big kisses when he comes back.
So it’s been packed week and it’s only Thursday! On Friday I am crossing the border into Mexico with Mario and Ellen, which I have never done before so that should be fun. I also wanted to leave you with a picture of this very cool thing we keep seeing. A guy has what looks like a dune buggy with a para-sail and he is flying through the camping area. He gets really high and it looks like a blast, but way to scary for me. Neat though.
- 3 TBL peanut butter
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup of chicken broth (you can substitute water for vegetarian if you want)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1-1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 1-1/.2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- Combine peanut butter, oil, eggs, broth, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk very well
- Combine dry ingredients in a second bowl and blend
- Pour wet ingredients into dry bowl and beat by hand or with a mixture until a dough forms
- Roll dough to 1/4″ thickness then cut using dog bone cookie cutters
- Place biscuits on greased cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes
- Remove, allow to cool, and store in an airtight bag
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