Notes from the Road Day 2

This hotel is one of those hotels that has a cooling/heating system that is either one or the other – there is no off switch. Too cold at 72, I punch it up to 73 and the heater comes on. Too hot, I turn it back down. Too cold, I’m wondering how I will sleep at all.

I remember spotting a blanket in the coat closet so I get up in the middle of the night, rip it out of its plastic bag and place it on the bed. Rich pulls it up and thanks me. That’s the perfect solution.

Still, I can’t sleep. I have so many worries on our mind. I check the weather for the stops ahead and notice that we’ll land in each town the day of a storm – we must be driving with it. I worry about the condition of the car – it was just serviced and it’s only 3 years old, but it idles roughly, and I’m worried.

Skipper wakes us at 6 am, as usual, and we get up to feed him and to drink our morning cup of coffee, which tastes like Princess coffee, which is pretty awful. Not hungry that early, we skip getting the free breakfast and eat a protein bar instead.

Rich leaves for the house to take care of a few things before the packers are scheduled to arrive sometime between 8 am and 10 am. It’s 8:23 now and Rich just texted me that they should arrive in about 30 minutes. In the meantime, I couldn’t find my workout pants and had Rich scouring the house only to discover they were still in my suitcase, hidden in a dark corner. Ooops – so sorry about that.

Skipper and Shadow, who are normally very close, have been fighting – Skipper must feel like he needs to re-establish his dominance in a new place.

Shadow sneaks into my office chair as soon as he spies a chance (like at home), and Skipper claims the bed.

I’ll spend the rest of the day writing, reading, watching GH at 1 pm, snoozing, and eating – we brought a few frozen meals, snacks, water, soda, wine, and sandwich fixings with us. Rich should return sometime this afternoon after he drops off the cable box after the packers are finished. He is so worn out but I’m hoping that each day will ease his burden and he’ll recover for the 2500-mile drive.

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