I have to say I am exhausted. Craig and I have been running old school after a $$$$$$ repair on our truck. The good news is the truck is running well and we have been moving constantly. I forgot how hard trucking can be. When we were company drivers we would go out for weeks and weeks. Never really thought about it but being an owner operator you are spoiled. You run where and when you want. We have been blessed because we have been doing round trip loads out of Chattanooga. Run a few days and then home for a couple days. But running old school we are following the high paying loads and being a team definitely helps.
I say we run constantly but even saying that we have stopped and had lunch with my mother and Craig’s father. Tonight we are spending the night with Craig’s parents since we had to drop our trailer and it won’t be ready till tomorrow. Today we arrived at the parents house and they weren’t home yet. We did laundry and took showers. Then we both passed out for a few hours. I couldn’t keep my eyes open. The good news is we are going home next week for a long weekend. I am going to enjoy our time off for sure.
Rates have been amazing the past couple weeks so I’m enjoying booking our loads since we can be picky about where we go and how much we will accept for a load. I’ve had brokers say I was asking for too much and then had them call me back to see if my truck was still available. We know what we are worth and won’t accept cheap loads.
We did have a first this week. We have never have had a driver assist. What that means is the driver assists with loading or unloading the trailer. We picked up a load of dry ice heading to Amazon. When we got there they told us they were unable to enter our trailer and we would have to unload it onto the dock. Have no idea why. We had 17 bins that weighed 2200 lbs a piece. I was sitting in the truck when Craig called me and wasn’t sure he was able to do it alone. He had done 6 by himself with a pallet jack. NOT FUN. I went in to help and we were able to get them all off. The trailer slanted slightly uphill which was why it was so brutal. It was a good work out and way easier with two people.
We have driven 13,500 miles since we have come out. No wonder I am so tired LOL
Yesterday, we were on I-82 in Southern Washington on our way to Seattle and we watched this lady sideswipe a pickup as she came onto the freeway. I watched her in my mirrors for a minute and she was obviously drunk and all over the road. I called the Washington State Patrol and over the next 15 minutes or so talked an officer into an intercept. This woman was so wasted it is a miracle she did not kill herself. Most of the action was behind me but near the end she sped up and passed me so we got this. This was about a minute before the trooper caught up to her.
My husband is the biggest baseball fan I know. He loves everything about the game. He has a zillion stories that involve memories with Dave Niehaus. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought Dave was a family friend. Actually he was a part of the family. Every year during spring training Craig tells me “This is the year for the Mariners” It has been 7 years that I have heard this comment and every year I agree with him. One of these days it will happen. We go to as many games as we can. Last year we drove up to Cincinnati to watch them play. It happened to be Ken Griffey Jr bobblehead night. We saw them in Atlanta and every trip to Snohomish we try to get to a game.
Spring Training Peoria
When Ken Griffey Jr. retired Craig said he wanted to go to Cooperstown when he was inducted in the Hall of Fame. So I spent a very hot weekend in Cooperstown with my husband and part of his family last July. It was a fabulous weekend. We are going to see Edgar Martinez jersey retirement in August and when Edgar Martinez is inducted in the Hall of Fame we will be there too.
So freaking hot, but worth it
Ready for the induction
We are ready for the big day
I kinda love this girl
The reason I started this post was yesterday Nelson Cruz asked Yadier Molina to take a picture with his cell phone of himself and Umpire Joe West. (The only cell phone picture taken at the All Star Game.) It was such a cool thing to do. That these players have such a passion for the game of baseball. And at times still can act like kids. Craig got extremely emotional and I had to tease him. But he loves this game and loves these players. I love that, I love the Mariners and I love this man. GO MARINERS!!!!
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