Thursday, April 18, 2019

And enough is enough.
2 boxes of the plugs, I got through one of them and then it started pouring rain.  I bought nowhere near enough of them to cover the entire front lawn - but they aren't cheap - I am focusing on the barren areas for now.  Anyway, I was covered in mud, soaking wet and just decided I'd had enough for one day.  If I get sent out tomorrow, I'll douse the other box with water and hope the next run isn't a long one.  If it is - well - it is what it is. 

Besides, it's 5:00 pm already. I had forgotten that I had a late start on the day.  A nice, long, hot shower made me feel righteous again. 

Okay. My manager sent me a run for tomorrow. It's a 1 day trip, down and back up the same day.

Strike that, she just called and switching me over to a 3 or 4 day run to a place I haven't been to yet.  Morris, Illinois.  In all this time I've been working at this company now, and this gravy run getting around to everyone, I have never been on it.  My rest of the day of rest? Turned into a flurry of activity to try and get ready.  I wouldn't have even bothered with any of the grass if I had known I was going on a run like this. 

Now, I've got a meatloaf in the oven, cut up leftover ribs into small chunks and saturated it with keto friendly bbq sauce, and found everything else I wanted to take with me and got all of that ready.  Laundry - yup. I wasn't going to do that today, either, but I don't have enough clothes to last potentially 4 days and I always pack for 6 or  7.  Yup, if that truck breaks down or something goes wrong, I don't want to be caught without sufficient clothing to last that long.  Been there done that, bought the farm.

But - I am exhausted.  I am sooo tired.  I was really thinking with all the trucks sitting in the yard today that I would have tomorrow off.  I'm just plain worn out and ready for a break.  I'll just have to let the motivation of yet another excellent paycheck 2 weeks from now motivate me.  I may ask for a couple of days off after this trip - then again - maybe not.  Seems like I "got what I wanted" in her keeping me busy, saying anything about it might hard the future of keeping on this pace.  I didn't make 80k last year sitting at home, that's for sure. 

Lol, I'm going to drench the sod and put it out of the sun on the porch and hope for the best. 

A sailboat. My buddy Finn suggested that in my search for a boat.  My dad taught us boys how to sail when we were kids.  A small sailboat, but it was quite the learning curve.  I'm not sure I could handle a 26 footer, not at least without some instruction from someone that knows anything about them.  I don't even know how to launch a boat into the water off a ramp - yet.  I've watched a few videos. The only reason i say that is cause' there are ample videos online of people losing their vehicles going too far into the water and the water? Carrying their pickup trucks right out into the water! 

But the videos I have seen, you actually have to back the vehicle partially into the water to get the boat - larger boats anyway - far enough into the water to be able to float off of the trailer. I think if I do get a boat, I'm going to go to a boat ramp and just watch people doing it with all kinds of different boats before I even attempt that.  I can just see my SUV floating off into a lake! lolol.  I have to wonder if insurance covers that....cause' it surely is a total loss once that water gets into the electronics. 

Okay.  I'm trying to mentally shift gears from "tomorrow is a day off" to "tomorrow is the beginning of another rather long trip".  That's one of those things that takes a little time. I just wish it wasn't so late already.  Like, 7:30 and I still don't have everything ready.  I figure I'm going to start really missing my doggies after this next trip.  Adler is contently laying in my bed right now, lol. 


And there it is. Ready to go, totally worn out, not rested from lack of sleep last night, not necessarily going to like tomorrow, but who knows?  Lately I've had more energy even on lack of sleep. Doesn't always work out, but I can have hope, lol.  Whatever the case, there was too much to do in too little time and now I'm totally wide awake - and it's time to go to sleep!

Outta here. 
And all of this working is paying off.
A large check tomorrow - very nice for a week's pay, but next week?  It will be like 2 weeks pay for one week's work. 
Now, if they would just keep me this busy for a while, my checking account would make significant gains again, such as it was before the slow-down that started last October.  I'm not holding my breath on that one, but one can hope. 

Not that I like being out on the road that much, tho.  I could stand a couple of days off. That's 3 runs in a row now with only a day off in between. As it stands, I got into the yard at 3:30 am - this morning not last night I guess lol. There was a huge storm, lightning flashing all over the place and pouring rain, the type of rain where you step out into it for a few seconds and you are drenched.

So, I parked the truck/trailer into a space and just decided to go to bed right there.  They didn't need the trailer today, I just decided last night I would get this trip over with. Otherwise, I would have to park somewhere, sit there for 10 hours and, yes, I would still be on the road trying to get to the yard right now if I had done that.  It saved me from sitting around for several hours longer than I needed to be sitting around and the trip goes much faster. In the wee hours of the morning, every light you come upon in small towns is green. There is little to no traffic.  Once I finally got into Houston - on the outskirts a truck had broken down and in a construction zone at that so everything stopped - I breezed through there.

Anyway, I am home now.  As soon as I pulled into the driveway, FedEx showed up with the grass plugs.  Ugh.  I did this to myself.  I'll have to put them in today to ensure that they don't die.  At least there's a guarantee on them.  If they don't survive, they will replace any plugs for free that die off.  We'll see what happens, but I'm hopeful none of them die and they all take.  It poured rain here last night as well, so the ground is freshly, nicely watered, I won't have to do any of that.  It actually should go relatively quickly.

Excepting that I'm tired and cranky, haha.  I want to go to sleep, not go out and start using an auger to make holes.  But, I'm going to force myself in a bit to get out there and get this done.  I was reading up on installation, I don't even have to put down mulch or anything. The grass is so hardy, just planting it without anything but  a well watered ground is all that is necessary. I was prepared to go buy a large amount of mulch to cover the ground, but they don't even want you using mulch. 

And, the sales at the grocery stores on steak are amazing! T-bones for $4.57 per pound, that is an awesome price! 

Well, now that I think of it, if I sit here and write and lounge around on the internet too long, I'm going to lose motivation and get nothing done.  And who knows, I might get sent out tomorrow.

I'll have to write more, later. 

Decatur, Alabama. Got there last night - decided I didn't have enough hours to offload - about an hour and 15 minutes on the clock, tak...