Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Don't have to live like a refugee"

Music of the day: Melissa Etheridge-Great Hits, Cee Lo Green-Lady Killer, Gloria Estafen-Greatest Hits
Start: Up at 8:30am, on the road at 10:45am. Oxford, NC
End: 8:15pm Troutman, NC

Today went pretty well. We went down to SC and picked up a load. Although we did have some fun picking up. The entrances weren't marked very well and we ended up going into the office entrance instead of the truck entrance. They wouldn't let us through the gate to flip around so Darin had to back up the whole way back up the drive. Of course there were several cars behind us that had to get out of the way. The security kept telling Darin to just start backing up and he's worried about hitting a car. The security is all like just back up and they will move. So much for safety, huh?! But they did get out of the way and he backed up, then he had to back up onto the main road, so I got out and spotted him. Luckily it really wasn't too bad and at least we made it out of there safely. We got to the truck entrance but they were full there and sent us to their facility across the road. At least they let us in to flip around and it wasn't a big hassle. Finally we got the load and got back on the road. Whew!
The rest of the afternoon went pretty well except we had to scale out a few times to get the weights in the trailer legal. While Darin was working on that, I took Ice out to go potty and walk. He's pretty good and minds fairly well so that usually goes pretty smoothly. He doesn't try to get away or anything. If we are walking around trucks I always keep a good grip on his leash. Also it gives me a chance to stretch my legs and get a bit of exercise. Plus it's nice to take little breaks out of the truck for fresh air.
We ended up not getting a chance to put anything in the Crock pot today until later in the afternoon. By that time it was too late to get started. So after we parked up for the night at a rest area I got out the skillet and the propane burner (which is the handiest thing ever) and cooked some chicken breast strips with wild rice and cream of mushroom soup. It was easy and quick and it turned out very yummy! After Darin ate he said if I could cook like that once in a while he would keep me and not send me back to my mama. haha At least if I can do little stuff like that around the truck I feel like I'm helping him and contributing in some way since I'm not bringing in any money now. I hate to feel useless so I try to do whatever I can to make things easier on him so he can just do his job. Plus it's nice to keep busier and pass the time.
Tomorrow we head up to PA and deliver the load. In the morning we are going to get some boneless ribs going in the Crock pot. Mmm!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On the Road Again...

Music/CD's of the day: Burlesque sountrack, Lady Gaga-The Fame, Ellie Goulding-Bright Lights, Coyote Ugly soundtrack
Start of the day: Up at 8:30am, on the road around 10:30am. Somewhere in NC. Don't know the town. Haha 
End of the day: 8pm South of Henderson, NC

So this is my 2nd day back on the truck with Darin. I'm really enjoying being back out here. I think I missed it more than I realized.
One thing that's an issue for me is eating on the road. Fast food and truck stop food gets really old, really fast. Plus it's unhealthy and I really don't want to gain weight! The expense of eating out a lot is also something to consider. This past weekend before we left we stocked up on groceries and decided to buy a Crock pot (my brilliant idea, by the way). It's not always easy to cook on a semi truck plus you have to worry about finding a place to store things too. The Crock pot doesn't take up too much space and we got the liners to use so clean up will be super easy. This morning we put a roast and some veggies in plus some fresh garlic and onions. It's been smelling good and I can't wait to eat!
In January while Darin was in GA on a visit with me he rescued a dog from the truck stop. Other than his shedding (which we are slowly getting under control) he is a really good dog. He behaves pretty well and is a good traveler. Plus he doesn't stink. You know I can't stand smelly dogs!! haha
So things are going well with being back on the road with Darin. I'm really happy and feel like I'm falling right back into the routine of life on the road. 

Breakfast today

Henderson, NC Walmart Distribution Center

Henderson, NC Walmart DC