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Not Smarter Than a 5-Year-Old, My Son Stole My Toy, and Business People I Love

Welcome to my week in review aka the ironies of my life!

It’s been an interesting and exhausting week, but here are the highlights for your amusement, judgments, critiques, or whatever other feelings that might surface.

My House Munchkin’s antics…

She let me know this week at bedtime that stuffed animals are fake. And she said it in that… “how could you not know this gramma?” tone.

And that would be fine, except it came from the same child who says her left foot is a cat and her right foot is a dog… and is regularly talking with them to let them know it’s ok to come out from under various pieces of furniture!!

Don’t Stop to Pee on Runaway Truck Ramps (And Other Highway Safety Tips)
Runaway Truck Ramps are NOT good places to park in front of!

I’ve been professionally driving now for 10 years. In that time, I’ve driven more miles than I drove in the 20-something years before that. And yeah, I’ve learned a few things, but I spend more time dodging those drivers who apparently never did!!

So I just wanted to share a few quick tips that may lengthen your life span while you’re out on the road doing whatever it is you’re doing.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep… Really!?!
The thoughts that keep us awake wouldn't be so bad if they were useful!

Good gosh! All those thoughts that start when you lay down to sleep for the night! You know the ones I’m talking about… the useless, good for nothing BUT keeping you awake thoughts that you just can’t get rid of… Like they couldn’t have come to mind while you were wandering through your day and awake anyway!?! Of course not!!

To add insult to injury (and lack of beauty sleep), most of the time, they’re not even productive thoughts! Take for instance when I couldn’t get to sleep earlier this week. Was I thinking about world peace or how to change my life into the type of life I’ve dreamed of… of course not.

I Survived the “Procedure”… I Think
Once the surgical team is ready to do your procedure, you have no idea whats gonna happen!

Yep. Last week I finally made it in to get that dreaded “procedure” done. You know the one… that procedure that no one wants to talk about… EVER!

Well, I’m not shy so here it is. Yes, I got a colonoscopy done. Go ahead. You can say it. I promise it wont hurt. If you’re sitting at the dinner table, you may want to wait till later. Of course, if you’re sitting at the dinner table, you shouldn’t be reading this anyway unless you’re alone. Otherwise it’s rude!! 🙂

Unemployed… Again
I doubt pretty much everything they tell us in the trucking industry!

Got up this morning and was waiting for our boss to send us pickup information. Instead, we got a phone call that the company owner was going to shut the Phoenix terminal down.

He says it’s only for about 45 days. But he’s been telling us a ton of stuff since August when the terminal opened that he hasn’t followed thru on, so there’s really no reason to believe that’s going to change now.

Living Life One Mile at a Time – A Trucker’s Lifestyle
Peterbilt 279 - The first big rig I drove

If you were looking for a job, and this is what the description was, would you apply?

Job Requirements:

Must be available a minimum of 70 hours per week, at any time of day or night.

If circumstances beyond our control occur, you may need to remain at your desk an additional 24-48 hours.

Your compensation will be between 24 and 38 cents per minute, but only for those minutes that you are in motion.

Some Days, My Truck Wins
Night Truck Drive in the Desert

You know, when I went into work and found out there wasn’t a load (meaning I’m hauling an empty trailer to Cali), I figured the night was gonna run smooth….