Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
June, 2019 - Mount Denali, Alaska

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The End is Near!!!

As much as our bank account enjoys the funds it receives from us working at Amazon, I am always ready to be done!!! We have one week left, that’s four 10 hour shifts; and we’re out of here! Friday night is our last shift, so the plan is to leave Sunday morning.

The weather this year has been much colder than the previous two years. We had some water freezing issues, but everything seems to be back to normal. Kevin handled it all beautifully, and this week’s highs are supposed to be in the 60s and lows above freezing, so that will be a very good thing.

I was hoping we could spend a few days in the Dallas area after we leave here. I wanted to visit the book depository area where Kennedy was shot, but it looks like next weekend is supposed to bring another arctic cold blast to the south, so we will probably head further south to Houston.

This past Tuesday was Kevin’s birthday. We had to work, so no big celebrations. We had gone out the week before to a local Mexican restaurant to celebrate. The food was just okay, nothing to get excited about. I had planned to make him his favorite poppy seed cake from his mother’s recipe. Making it is very messy because you have to make the cake, a custard filling, and homemade cream cheese frosting. I pretty much use every cooking utensil I own to make it :) Because of our limited water, Kevin said to wait and make it when we have a regular water supply again. So, I bought him another of his favorites, cheesecake.

Unfortunately, he got a bit of a stomach flu on Wednesday night and didn’t eat for two days. He’s finally feeling better, and the cheesecake is now almost gone. Today I’m making lasagna for a belated birthday dinner.

With switching to the picking job two weeks ago comes more walking. I’ve worn a pedometer a few nights, and it seems we are averaging about 5 to 6 miles a shift. We’ve lost a few pounds again, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, my strange toes have gotten blisters both years I’ve done picking. I get blisters on the bottoms of both of my little toes. I’ve tried a couple of types of shoes, but nothing seems to help. I’ve been wrapping them with bandages, so that helps, but it’s still painful.

I’ve done some research, and there are tubes you can place over your toes that are supposed to help. Also, some people swear by socks with toes in them. I’ll be checking some of these options out for next year. Walking for 10 hours with blisters on your toes is no fun. Thank goodness for ibuprofen!

Our son Eric is on a mini vacation in Dallas this weekend with a couple of his friends. They will be at the Cowboys/Packers football game today. Hopefully, the Packers can pull off a miracle win.

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!