Jan. 5th, 2007 10:24 am
sailorzeo: (Default)
Well, it took us six hours to go 100 miles on Monday, but once we got past Albuquerque, traffic cleared up, and it was smooth sailing all night. Yes, we drove through the night rather than find a hotel. We slept about 4 hours at a truck stop, then kept going.

Matt is officially hired at 2Wire. He starts training Monday. I have to call my store later today to find out when I start working.

Also today, we're buying paint. Two colors for the living room, and a third color for the kitchen and hallway. Later, we'll get the three colors for the front bedroom. Haven't decided on the colors for the master bedroom or the half-bath yet.

Yes. This is a project house. We're painting, putting down new floors, replacing some other things...

Oh, and AZ is playing havoc with my allergies. I had to rummage around and find my Claritin last night, because I was hurting. Plus, I need to find a PCP down here, to make sure I'm not getting an ear infection.

So, off to buy paint. Man, it's good to have internet again.
sailorzeo: (guhh matt)
40 is open.
And there was much rejoicing.
Yay! On to Phoenix!

We're getting the truck loaded up and ready to head out. Cats will be reloaded into carriers. Soon, we shall be headed westward again.

Seriously, I haven't seen this much snow since we left OH two years ago!

Video may be up once we're settled and have internet access again.

sailorzeo: (angry eyes)
Looks like we're ringing in the new year in Tucumcari. 40's still closed; there's a 37-truck pileup not too far from here. 209's open, but 70's closed from Clovis to Roswell, so we can't go that way to pick up 10.

At least we managed to walk down to Dollar General, so I have a clean shirt and a bra (I usually go without on trips, since the strap irritates me in the car, but after five days, I need some support). We also picked up a candle to scent the room a little better, but forgot we didn't have anything to light it with.

Oh well.
sailorzeo: (it's on)
40 closed again overnight from Albuquerque to Texas. Ice caused a lot of accidents. It's open from Albuquerque to Texas, though, according to nmroads.com.

I want to go home. I'm tired of the motel, tired of Middle of Nowhere, New Mexico. Tired of throwing the cats off every surface in the room I want to use (bed, chair, etc). I want to go HOME.
sailorzeo: (Default)
Well, according to nmroads.com, a site we've been watching religeously since yesterday morning, 40's open across the state. Still snow-packed and icy, but open, both lanes. Since we're paid up for the night, we're gonna go ahead and give the road crews another night to work on it and leave in the morning. 54's still closed, so it looks for now like we're gonna keep to the northern route rather than heading south to I-10.

One of the amusing things on this trip was this motel's "continental breakfast." They basically have coffee (regular only), Little Debbie sweet rolls and donut sticks, toast/bread, Cheerioes and corn flakes. This morning, we got there and it looked like they hadn't restocked anything since the day before: and the coffee urn was empty. We hung out, chatted with a few of the other stranded motorists (many of them folks originally from up north who are used to snow being cleared a lot faster than this!). Matt went down to the office to let them know they were out of coffee. I decided to skip coffee, just getting a cup of milk, toast, and a pair of donut sticks. But when I opened the jelly packet for my toast, the jelly had the consistancy of leather. I just sort of giggled. I was surprised, though, that it didn't look like they offered decaf coffee or hot water for tea. Yes, this is a family-owned motel, but two more urns and a box of teabags aren't that expensive. I wonder if I should let them know their jelly's dried out.
sailorzeo: (crowbar)
While we are enlisted for another night in Tucumcari, Matt managed to pull the Mazda off the trailer, so we went to Alco, and now have boots! Yay boots! And socks. I bought a single pair, Matt bought a ten-pack, since a lot of his socks got pitched in the packing process. But now we can go outside without freezing our toes off!

Oh, and we went to Rubee's Diner for lunch. Honestly, that's the best we've eaten all trip. Stacked enchilada, came with rice, beans, and sopapillas, with a choice of red or green chile sauce. We also got an order of ten cheesesticks for under $3. Not bad at all. If anyone's planning a Route 66 trip, I highly suggest stopping at Rubee's.

He took video of me cleaning the snow off the car. Now that's something I haven't had to do in two years. :) Frost, yes. That much snow? Not since we left Ohio.

40 East is open, I hear. I hear west is still closed as far as Arizona, and 54's still closed, too. Nap time. Matt's still playing Deep Labyrinth. He's level 20 now, played for 4 hours and 17 minutes. We may have to pick him up a DS of his own soon. :)
sailorzeo: (weird)
And still, the roads are closed. 40 is closed, and 54 is closed. www.nmroads.com We reupped for another night at the Budget Inn.

The snow's deep enough that we can't even take the Mazda off the trailer and run around. There's a discount store across the street, but the snow's all piled up in the median, so there's no way we'd be able to cross it in the sandals. Which stinks, because if we could get to the discount store, we could probably pick up some inexpensive socks and closed shoes. :-P

Don't know what we're gonna do for lunch and dinner tonight. Probably Sonic, since we did the Pow Wow restaurant across the street last night, and while it was okay, it was a little on the pricy side, and I don't know if we could get across the street to Rubee's Diner. At least the cats are comfy. :-P


Dec. 29th, 2006 03:32 pm
sailorzeo: (Default)
Because I'm still in New Mexico, and there's nothing else to do:

Nobody puts Sailor Zeo in a corner.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

We upped for another night at Budget Inn, since 40's closed through half the state. If we were smart, we'd be sleeping. But I'm on the computer and Matt's playing Deep Labyrinth, a DS RPG that no one recommended, but I picked up used at EB Games when I got Metroid Pinball. He's been playing since....ten, I think, so two and a half hours. I haven't really had a chance to play it yet, but since it's absorbing him, it must be decent. :)


Dec. 29th, 2006 01:28 pm
sailorzeo: (guhh matt)
New Mexico. Snow.
Trip is delayed yet again.
I-40 is closed.

Now that I've gotten the haiku out of my system: Tucumcari and the surrounding area got hit with that storm. I-40 is closed from the TX state line to about 60 miles west of us. If we were in just a car, not the 14' truck with car trailer, we'd find some side roads, alternate routes, whatever. But, the beast is not agile, and it consumes gasoline like water, so we wait.

We found this out not from the television (Weather Channel is so focused on Denver), nor from the radio (usual morning chatter), but by getting to the onramp and finding everyone just...sitting there. Idling. An orange barrel blocked the entrance to the freeway. We sat there for about half an hour before I got the phone out, and despite being roaming, called my Dad back in NY to see if he could hop on the computer and find out if 40 was closesd. He'd just heard something on TWC, so tried to get online and find out for sure how much was closed. He couldn't find it, so we drove a bit, found a non-blocked onramp...and made it to the next exit before being directed back off the freeway. Found ourselves driving past the motel we'd just left. Grr. Turn around, sat in line for a while, then decided, "Well, check-out's not techincally until 11, so, let's see if we can get back into the room." We could, as evidenced by the fact that I'm online typing this.

It's now about 45 minutes until checkout, and according to the NMDoT site, 40's still closed. We'll give it a little longer; if it's still closed in 20 or 25 minutes, we may be spending the night here.

What's really annoying? We're both in SANDALS, and our heavier shoes and socks are all packed around the middle of the truck. So we really have to watch our steps, make sure we don't step into snowdrifts or really cold puddles. If we'd had closed shoes and socks readily available, another night wouldn't be so bad. There are some interesting looking places around the motel, but I'm not walking through snow in flip-flops.
sailorzeo: (up in the sky!)
The Days Inn in Oklahoma didn't have wi-fi, but the Budget Inn in New Mexico does. So, updates.

Wednesday, we left NC around 7 am. Crossed into Tennesee, the sun came up, and it was bright and sunny most of the day. About a quarter of the way into TN, we crossed into Central Time, and I got to figure out how to reset the clock in the truck. Unlike every other car stereo/clock I've changed, the radio has to be ON in order to change the clock. Stopped at a rest stop around 12, we had the rest of our pizza from the night before, and took a small nap. Continued on. The cross into Arkansas was noted by the worsening condition of the roads. Up until Little Rock, it was just horrible. But on the plus side, radio was good. We crossed into Oklahoma late, and the visitor/welcome center was closed. Plus, they didn't have any of their literature outside, so no motel coupons. :( But, we'd seen a sign for Days Inn, close, and we liked the one in NC, so we stopped there. Got everyone unloaded, then a quick trip to the nearby WalMart for dinner, earplugs, and IcyHot. Chicken enchiladas, toasted corn Doritos, and Tostitos salsa con queso. Then crashed.

Thursday, hit the continental breakfast (not as good as the one in NC, which had sausage gravy and biscuits in addition to everything else), got on the road. Aaaand OK won the Worst Roads award from AR. The rough roads, curving roads, and high winds totally kicked Matt's ass. We stopped a lot for rests and naps. Stopped in Amarillo for dinner; the place Matt wanted to take me, Country Barn, was closed, so we went to Iron Skillet instead. Oh, and at that Petro, found chocolate-covered Altoids. Very nummy. We pushed on, OK, TX, and stopped at the New Mexico welcome center, in the rain which had started 10 miles before, and got some coupon books. Budget Inn, with pets, $35. Not bad. We crashed hard.

Now, it's Friday, and we'll be getting on the road soon. We should get to Phoenix tonight, if that winter storm across the top of the state doesn't get to us. Here's hoping.
sailorzeo: (thinking)
We're back from our six-day, four-city trip. I can honestly say I never want to do that again, at least not in that crunched of a time space.

Pictures and commentary forthcoming. I actually did fairly well taking pics at 70mph.


Apr. 16th, 2006 04:14 pm
sailorzeo: (crowbar)
I started to get my pattern together today to sew the pajamas I've been meaning to make, only to find I'm missing a pattern piece. That was the start of my downward spiral. I've been off my meds for a week, so my moods are a little wacky at the moment. Right now, I feel like nothing matters, nothing at all. We won't be able to get everything done before we have to leave, so why should we even bother? We're both going to be working long shifts to try to get in a decent week's pay, so we're both going to be exhausted when we get home, plus Matt has class Monday and Wednesday nights, so he won't be able to do anything then. We're going to be up so late on Wednesday night, trying to get all the last-minute stuff done that we're going to be exhausted come Thursday.

Matt's trying. He's working on the kitchen, trying to get me to help, but I want to work on So Now, except nothing's coming. Add in that it's been in the high 80's, temperature wise, and we're having a/c wars (I like it on, he keeps turning it off), and I am GRUMPY. I don't like heat. Well, I like it around 75. Anything over 75 I'm not too fond of. Yet I'm still looking forward to moving to Arizona. But AZ has less humidity. I am so screwed up in the head.

Going back to bed didn't help any, either. I'm just having a bad mental health day.
sailorzeo: (guhh matt)
I just realized there are only four full days left until trip. Four days in which I'll be working 9 to 10 hours a day three of those four days. I still have to sew my pajamas, pack, get snackage for trip, get a prescription, get the car tuned up and washed, get minutes for the TracFone, finish all the little gifty things for people I'll be seeing, CALL MY GRANDMOTHER to let her know the arrival date has changed, clean the entire apartment, get the spare key to Jasmine so she can feed/water the cats....

Somewhere in there, I need to eat and sleep. Not sure exactly when that's going to happen, though.

And I want to get the next chapter of So Now finished and posted, before people forget about it. :-P And eBay auctions. Get those going so they'll be finishing around the time we get home. Guuuh. I need a TARDIS. Stat. But one with a digital timer. I'm not fond of the inaccuracy of the Doctor's. Then again, his could be user error. :-P

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