Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tonight I held a dead snake. I'm still in shock.

Daughter brought home a dead snake (!!!!). After much cajoling and "Stay away from me!" responses, I got tired of fighting it and gave in to touching the snake. Then I decided to face my fear and hold the damn snake. Oh, it was missing its head. It appears someone cut it off. Ugh.

My husband used to catch live snakes. If he had been here (he was back at the RV), he would've held it. He said he would've held a live snake, too. Good for him, because HELL NO to a live snake. Yes, I held a boa constrictor once when I was in 9th grade at a pet store in Security, Colorado. But NO way I'd do it now. Not my thing.

Tomorrow she will give it a proper burial.

I'm sitting here, ready to drink a beer and shivering. I can't believe I did that. Yes, I have a pic to prove it. *shiver* Yes, I washed my hands—thoroughly.

Man...I can't believe I did that. And might I add that I don't ever want to do that again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

[RV experiences] A cry for help in the middle of the night

Oh my gosh, I need to post about this before I forget! This morning, close to 4 a.m., I was finally ready to drift off to sleep. All of a sudden, a man starts yelling, "HELP!" in a frantic, desperate voice. You could tell he was running toward where we were parked in the RV. Paul looked out the window and grabbed his phone to call 911 if it came to that.

Surprisingly, five people appeared out of nowhere to help—at 4 a.m.!—and Paul saw another guy laid out on the concrete on a traffic island near Fountain Blvd. Since five people were already attempting to help, we stayed in the RV.

A little while later, the guy was sitting up. We saw flashing lights, so an emergency vehicle had arrived. We don't know what happened, but I know that I have never heard a man yell that loudly or frantically. Took me quite a while to get back to sleep. I hope everyone involved is okay and all is well.

One thing about living in an RV is that you are closer and more involved with humanity and its wounds and ills when you're in the city than you would be living in your house or apartment. It's both startling and humbling. Definitely food for thought.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Boo! Hiss! Achilles tendinitis :(.

So, turns out I likely have Achilles tendinitis.

Over the past month or so, I've increased my walking to almost every day (and twice a day, most times) for four or five days a week. As a result of the sudden increase and duration in physical activity, my body—and in particular, my Achilles tendon—went, "Whut?! I'm not ready for this!" So now I have a very painful, stiff, and sore Achilles tendon on my left leg.

The last thing I need to happen is for it to rupture, so I gotta focus on making sure I don't blow it out completely. I'm not going to stop walking, that's for sure. It's doing great things for my body. Who knew it would be a problem?! Didn't count on this happening!

On the upside, I've lost weight (my son and his GF actually commented on my face being thinner when we Skyped the other day) and I was able to fit into another pair of jeans I hadn't been able to wear for quite a while.

Guess you could say there's a good side and a bad side to all of this. Then again, that's life in a nutshell, isn't it?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Half a year of full-time RVing!

This Friday it'll be SIX months since Paul & I purchased our RV, Lamia, and prepared to launch the full-time RV lifestyle. A little more than a month later, the end of February, we began living in our RV. I cannot believe it's been half a year already! Where does the time go? ;-)

Are we glad we made the decision? So far, it's a resounding, "YES!"

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Just for fun

Participating thanks to Shawna Kimble:

Okay, this was cute to think about...
Tell us about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!!

The year was: 1983 (damn, that long ago?!)
1. Did you know your spouse? No, but I knew of his sister. She graduated the year after me
2. Did you car pool to school? Just me and my bestie, Tim Barr
3. What kind of car did you have? Silver 1982 Camaro Berlinetta. It was brand new and some people were jealous of it
4. What kind of car do you have now? An RV -- no car! My last car was a white 2005 Saturn Ion named Jade
5. It's Friday night...where were you? Hanging out with friends either going to movies, cruising Nevada Avenue, skating at Skate City, attending a h.s. dance, going up to party at Gold Camp Road, or hanging out in Garden of the Gods
6. What kind of job did you have in high school? Worked at Baskin Robbins, Kwik-In in Security, CO, wrote articles for The Colorado Springs Sun's Tempo page, and was an English tutor for a while.
7. What kind of job do you have now? Professional writer and editor for the past 19 years (thanks to Mr. Martinez at Sproul Jr. High, Bill Richardson at Sproul Jr. High, and Lana Smith, my h.s. journalism teacher)
8. Were you a party animal? I could be, depending on the company. I threw an EPIC Halloween party in 1982 and got in big trouble for it. But hey, it WAS worth it ;-)
9. Were you a cheerleader? Not in high school, but I was in 1st and 7th grades.
10. Were you considered a jock? Definitely not! I was editor of the school newspaper and president of the French club. Oh, and a member of National Honor Society, too!
11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was in choir for a couple years during middle school, but not in high school
12. Were you a nerd? A cool one, yes. I was a word nerd and still am
13. Did you get suspended or expelled from school? No
14. Can you sing the fight song? Yes..I think so
15. Who was/were your favorite high school teachers? My journalism teacher Lana Smith
16. Where did you sit for lunch? Usually a nearby fast-food joint
17. What was your school's full name? Widefield High School
18. What was your school mascot? The Gladiators (Charlie was our mascot's name)
19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Definitely! One of the best times of my entire life!
20. Did you have fun at Prom? Yes! I went to prom all three years
21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? I used to, but then we lost touch. We were engaged and I broke off the engagement
22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? We just had one and I wanted to go, but was unable to attend
23. Are you still in contact with people from school? Yes, quite a few of them
24. What are/were your school's colors? White, Blue, Silver

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Friday, July 15, 2016

It's simple: do what makes YOU happy!

If you like Pokemon Go, play it.

If you don't like Pokemon Go, don't play it.

I'm sure some of you enjoy hobbies other people don't enjoy.
Leave people alone and allow them to do what makes them happy. In a world that seems to grow madder (as in insane) by the minute, people need to have pastimes to take their minds off of other stressors.

Football might make you happy, but others may find it stupid and a waste of time. And you can insert countless other hobbies/pastimes as well.

Don't like reading about Pokemon Go? Do what I do when I see people posting about subjects I don't care about—scroll on by or ignore the posts. It's that simple, folks.

Allow people some joy and recreation in their lives, even if YOU don't like or approve of it.