It’s been an interesting past couple of days…very busy, too. So, I apologize to those of you who may not think I’m blogging enough (MOMcoughcough).
After the best weekend ever, Monday had to come eventually. On Monday morning, I headed out to Tyler; Calhoun, LA; Monroe, LA and Shreveport, LA. I got a speeding ticket…well deserved. It was 85 in a 70. Now, I don’t want to hear it! It’s not easy when you have nothing but open road ahead of you and old country on the radio. There are some very interesting radio stations out in East Texas. I came across one that dealt specifically with taxidermy. I listened to Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. I listened to old school rap and even a little NPR.
I saw about 9 accounts on Monday. It was a whirlwind. I stayed at a Fairfield Inn in Shreveport and checked in there around 5:00PM. I got on the treadmill and watched the end of Finding Nemo before I needed to find myself some dinner. Thankfully, there was a Cracker Barrel right across the street. So I threw some water on my face and headed over for my second Cracker Barrel experience. I had breakfast this time. It was okay. It was awfully strange though because it was Valentine’s day and there were a ton of couples there. Call me snob, or whatever, but I don’t think I’d like Cracker Barrel for Valentine’s. Actually, I don’t really think I like Cracker Barrel at all. You know how they have all those rocking chairs sitting out front? That kinda creeps me out. I don’t know why, but it does.
Toward the end of my breakfast-for-dinner, I started to get a really strong headache. I paid for my meal and a travel pack of Bayer and walked back over to my hotel. I had soooooo much school to do so I got started on that. I didn’t last 10 minutes staring at my computer screen before I was in agonizing pain. This was a bad one. I’ve said things like, “I thought my head was going to explode,” before, but this was the real deal. I have NEVER felt a throbbing, heat like this. It was like my brain was going into convulsions. I turned off all the lights, took the Bayer and some NyQuil and prayed that I would fall asleep and wake up with no headache. Naturally, I had a hard time falling asleep because of the pain, but I was also worried that once I did fall asleep, I would wake up and my headache would still be there. Isn’t it crazy to be so scared of headaches. Oh, the joys of migraine sufferers!!! I’m considering posting something I wrote a very long time ago about my worst migraine experience ever…we’ll see.
Thankfully, I woke up at 2 with no headache and went back to asleep. Then, I also woke up at 3, 4, and 5 with no headache. At last, I woke up at 6 with no headache. God is good! I got an early start and headed back into Texas. I was traveling south to visit accounts in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. They are pretty much the weirdest little towns in Texas. I am sure of this. I listened to a little more NPR and was inspired to record a thought into my phone:
As I drive deeper into the East Texas woods, the air gets thicker, the layers of decades seem to fall away and I’m sure I’ve found myself in 1980 or 1970.
Soon after recording that eloquent little thought, I saw the familiar red and blue flashes of a cop car in my rearview mirror. Yes, folks, another ticket. This one was NOT deserved. The officer came up to my window and I was immediately apologetic. I said, “Sir, I’m so sorry, I am not from here and I was checking my directions, I’ve been lost all morning. Was I speeding?”
He said, “Did you not see the sign that said 55MPH?”
I said, “No, sir,” as I held up 4 pages of google/maps directions.
He didn’t care.
“You were going 70. The speed limit in town changes to 55.”
Again, I apologized profusely, but couldn’t find the words to tell him that this 100 yd stretch of road is no different than 200 miles of road I was on before it and his “town” was scamming me for money. From where I was sitting in my car, I could see the back of a speed limit sign in my rearview mirror (that must have said 55MPH) and one ahead of me that said 70MPH. I was pissed. I cried.
As he handed me my ticket he said, “Mam, I’m gonna cite you for speeding.”
I wanted to hold up my other ticket and say, “You wanna cite me for speeding??? This is speeding, you Jacka$$!”
I didn’t. I accepted my citation and went on my way. I knew the only thing that could make me feel better was sugar. So, I stopped at the closest Dairy Queen I could find. As I pulled up to the drive through, I saw a sign that said, “Welcome to the oldest Dairy Queen in Texas.”
I proudly ordered a small oreo blizzard and I’ll be darned if that didn’t put my day right back on track.
I got home around 3PM, worked out and walked two miles before hitting the books. I slept so well last night. I got a ton done today and won’t have much to do tomorrow or Friday. I’m looking forward to taking care of personal stuff like, bills, tickets, oil changes, new tires, etc. The fun never ends!!!
Really, though…I am probably the happiest I’ve been in a year. I do love my job. I love my boyfriend and my dogs and I’m really proud of everything I’ve accomplished thus far in my life (yes, that includes two speeding tickets in less than 24 hours).
I have mid-terms next week, so if you want more blogs, you can make checks payable to:
I’m just kidding!!! I might be a little blog-less next week though. Please bare with me…