In case you hadn't heard about my big life changes here's a brief recap to catch you up. While on vacation in Colorado with Allie Standifer, I landed a new job. The point of the vacation had been to let Allie get a feel for the area and decide if she wanted to relocate with me whenever I got all my ducks in a row and made it happen. I was hoping to make it happen during summer or fall of 2013. That all changed when my perfect job was listed a few days before our trip and I knew I had to check it out. Next thing I knew, I was swept up in a whirlwind, quit my job of 12 years and 3 weeks after returning home, hit the road to come back to Colorado for good.
Uh, sorry. Got distracted. The first day of driving went very smoothly. No major traffic or delays and I made great time. No signs of Brad Pitt hitch hiking either, dang it. Treated myself to a steak dinner before crashing for the night, praying that my car, overflowing with everything I need to survive until the movers bring the rest of my stuff, would be okay in the parking lot.
The rest of Missouri was mind-numbing but then I hit Kansas and things got worse. There is nothing but brown hills in Kansas. Nada. Zip. Zilch! At one point, I exited the interstate for gas and had to drive 8 miles off course to reach the gas station listed on the exit sign. When I reached Topeka, it was still early and I wasn't ready to stop for the night so I kept going. Big mistake! Between Topeka and Slina Kansas there isn't squat. A few scattered hotels here and there but way off the interstate and nothing around them. Ended up driving longer than I wanted to before finally finding a home for the night.
Civilization turned out to be an interstate town and Starbucks was part of a gas station, Quiznos complex but I wasn't complaining when they put an iced caramel macchiato in my hand. Ah! Gena Showalter audiobooks and my crack of choice.
"Colorful Colorado," uh, not so much. At least not in the eastern half during winter. Only many more miles of dead brown grass and nothingness. The only true signs of civilization arrived when I hit Denver. Due to my early arrival, I couldn't check into my extended stay hotel so I went roaming to check out some of the rental houses on my list, very quickly crossing off the first few. No yard, too close to neighbors and no privacy, and various other reasons. When I was finally able to get checked into my room, I crashed and burned. A three day road trip used to be a breeze. Heck I made the trip from Tampa Florida to Portland Oregon by car, easy peasy. This trip did me in. No, that doesn't mean I'm getting old. I just have less patience for hours of tedium. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I already had an appointment set up to get snow tires first thing Thursday morning but was beginning to think I wouldn't need them. Day time highs were in the 50's and the only snow I saw while checking out houses was on top of the mountains in the distance. Went to bed thinking I'd have some extra cash in the budget until next winter. Woot! Yeah, not so much.
Today is day 5 and on the schedule are a trip to my new employer for a health screening/check up along with viewing another house this afternoon. Might go catch a movie in between the two events. During the drive the solitude didn't bother me. I had audiobooks and love any chance to drive Roxie. Right now I am missing my kids something fierce and counting down the days until Allie Standifer rolls into town.
My adventure has just begun. I definitely feel a book to come out of this once I get settled in. An erotic romance author alone on the road for 3 days... Yeah, my mind had lots of opportunities to conjure up naughty scenarios. *grin* Hmm...perhaps there will be more than one resulting book.
For now, I will leave you with a few words of wisdom gained from this whole experience. Staying in your comfort zone is great but stifling. When the opportunity to make a change comes along, even if the timing isn't great, grab on with both hands and don't let go. Take a risk. Roll the dice. Life is a limited time journey, live every moment! If you wait for everything to be optimal and all the ducks to line up in a row you will never break free of your safety net and try something new. Sure, you may stumble or fall but then you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.