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Arizona to Indiana Road Trip

Remember when…

Remember when I outlined all N's job uncertainty in this post back on May 2008? Back then we still had no idea where his job search would take us and we were pretty worried that we would end up stuck with the status quo if no better offers came along. We were barely making end meet, were financially frustrated, itching to start a family, had no chance of buying a home and were ready for a little more job security. Too bad my lady doctor said I was not fertile because of my low weight and N's job told him they really valued him but could not increase his salary from here on out. That was 5 months ago...

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Day 6 – Stanton, MO to Evansville, IN

When we awoke the morning of our last day on the road we were unsure about how my mom would be feeling after her night of vomiting and passing out. I asked N if she was awake when I awoke, I was worried she had alcohol poisoning or something. Turns out mom was just fine and didn't remember much about the previous night. We recalled much about the nights events for her and I was a bit worried about how crazy she was as a result of the drinking and pills. I express this and we talked about how the pill she took impacted her. She was surprised by her reaction and attributed it to the pill she took. After we talked, ate some breakfast and took our daily group photo we...

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Day 5 continued – Kingdom City, MO to Stanton, MO

In the afternoon on day 5 after we left our awful experience behind at the Emporia RV park and finished up at the mechanics we hit the road and were hoping to find some fun to improve the day. On the way out of Emporia we spotted a flea market in the parking lot of a shop. My mom and I jumped out of the RV in search of some lamps we could plug in to extension cords to provide lighting for us while we were in the RV on the last night (since our power converter thingy was now shot thanks to the Emporia RV Park). A guy at the flea market was selling stuff yard sale style and we got 3 old and abused yet working lights, we were...

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Road Trip Day 5 – Emporia, KS to Kansas City, MO

Well it is 3:49 pm Kansas time and we are JUST NOW leaving Emporia, KS. It has been a hell of a day! We made it a point to set the alarms on our phones so we could attempt to wake up at 7am local time instead of waking up at 7am Arizona time like we have been doing for the past few days. The fact that we hadn't adjusted to the time change in regards to sleeping and waking times was really beginning to impact our route schedule. We were pulling in to camp sites super late and having a hard time finding our assigned spots, we were having super late dinners and all in all the late nights were taking a toll on us. On this particular day we wake...

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Road Trip Day 4 – Dodge City, KS to Emporia, KS

In Dodge City, KS we stayed at the Watersports Campground and were pleased with the lake view from our site. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that they had free WIFI on site for guests. I spent a leisurely morning waking up at about 9 am local time and then I did some business on the internet in bed before getting dressed and venturing out of the RV. When I did venture outside I was loving the view of the lake so I went down to take some photos of the view and to enjoy the morning a bit. My mom and Dixie were already down enjoying the water. We have taken Dixie to a creek before (it was oak creek canyon north of Sedona, AZ) and she was so scared...

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Road Trip Day 3 – Logan, NM to Dodge City, KS

First off I want to let you all know that yesterdays blog post did have photo issues, it was not your computer. I am using Qumana to write my blog posts offline and then when we get to a WIFI spot I upload the post to the server. Yesterday it appears the post uploaded but the photos did not. When we got to our overnight destination last night I attempted to upload the photos and found out that my September image folder on Wordpress is not writeable or something, so I had to upload them to my photobucket account instead. If you click back to yesterdays post you'll now be able to view the photos. Sorry about that. Okay, so on to the updates on day 3! We went from New Mexico,...

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We pull out tomorrow…

The truck is pretty much loaded and we are just trying to get through the night of sleeping on the floor with practically nothing in the house. We pull out tomorrow at about 11:30am -12 pm, directly after our landlord inspects the house. We have had a hay day packing the truck and installing the tow bar on our vehicle. We also had some drama with the propane tanks on the RV today. We have reworked and reloaded the moving truck at least 20 times just trying to find the absolute best fit for everything we have. It's been lots of lifting but I am happy to say we have successfully loaded all our stuff in 13 feet of trailer space. We had to go up to 13 feet instead of the...

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The loading madness begins bright and early!

We awoke to the sounds of our moving truck being dropped off this morning. The truck driver came a knocking on our door at about 7:30am to drop off our trailer so we can begin loading it. N stumbled out the front door in his underwear to greet the moving truck and advise them of where to drop it off. After we got the moving truck parked and left in our driveway N crawled back in to bed and we were chatting about how the morning was beginning quite early. Then the home phone rings, he runs to answer it and it's Qwest (or phone company) asking about how our shut off date is 9/2 but the new residents of this home want to turn on their service today...

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Only a few days left!

Just finished dividing my lily and iris in the garden in preparation for the move this weekend. They are all dug up, washed and are drying so I can box them up and move them. I just need to box up my pots now! We spent the day taking furniture apart to conserve space and money. We are being charged for the length of truck we use not the weight so we are working hard to pack efficiently and disassemble everything we can.It's amazing how little space furniture takes up when it is broken down, ha! N is filling the water tanks on the RV, dumping the sewage, topping off fluids and checking tire inflation. He is also installing a Y-bar towing thingy on our Izusu Amigo so we can tow it...

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Countdown, 6 days till we leave Arizona.

Two days later we are still on cloud 9 about the engagement, despite those who are insistent on ruining it for us. N is my fiance, woot! Now I am not just the crazy girl following her boyfriend across the country. Yeah, I know people did think I was crazy for moving away with him without a commitment but I didn't care, besides now it is all gravy cause I am going with my fiance! We are also getting pretty excited about the move. Also, today is N's last day of work, finally! My mother (who is having some chicken drama right now) and brother will arrive on Saturday to make the trip across country with us and to help out with the pets. It is all coming together so fast...

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7 days to go and we have news!

Our going away party was yesterday as most of you know. Our crazy week of working the week before pretty much left us unprepared for the going away party. Our house was just trashed. So we spent much of yesterday morning straightening and cleaning in preparation for the party. N insisted that we go for a nice drive before the party started, you know one last calm time together before the chaos of it all. So we head up the San Francisco peaks, N said it was his favorite drive and it is very pretty. So we are driving along and enjoying the scenery. When we get to the lodge we see that the ski lift is running. We have never skied or been on the ski lift so we get...

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Count down 8 days to go…

Today is our going away party/ potluck. N is making a pasta salad from scratch and I am making pioneer woman's cinnamon rolls from scratch, mmmm. We are going to eat, drinkĀ  and hang out with people, this is our last chance to before we leave Arizona. Choreographing routines and working band camps has ended for me. If you are interested to see what I have been putting together here is a video: After the party today N has 1 more day of work left then we focus on last minute packing and cleaning. We move in 8 days it is pretty surreal for us but also exciting! Here we go!...

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Am I crazy? Probably!

First I should update you all on how the weekend of N's work parties went huh? The station closing down party was sad and weird at the same time. We said goodbye to many really great people and were also creeped out by others. Channel 2 is officially off the air and now N is out covering some massive flood in the area, he is staying the night out in the middle of nowhere so he can go live for the phoenix news station after the Olympics tonight. Hopefully he will be home tomorrow but who knows...

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