Back to my routine…

I had the opportunity to go to Houston with two of my new co-workers for three days of training recently. This was a big change from the routine I had gotten used to, but the time allowed for me and the co-workers to hang out a little and get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

One of the duties of my new job is to teach/lead different kinds of classes for the juveniles on our caseloads. I taught t a defensive driving class for teens a week and a half ago and then taught the class again this past week. It’s a fun and interactive class but has a lot of moving parts and is four hours long, and I had not conducted something so intense like this before. I will also be teaching other classes fairly regularly to help the juveniles fulfill their court requirements. It is a lot of prep time, but I like the job and the varied duties. I think this is the happiest I have been at any of my jobs.

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Finding a routine outside of work has been a challenge. I get up around 6:30AM to leave between 7:15-7:30AM to arrive at work before 9AM. When traffic is great, which is was during the holiday season, I get to work in 35-45 minutes. When traffic is terrible it takes me an hour to an hour and twenty minutes, but this gives time to listen to podcasts for which I would otherwise not have time.  The return ride in the evening takes 35-40 minutes, not too bad, but then I have to stop for snacks, cash or fill my gas tank before going home to shower, cook Boyfriend some food when he comes in from work, and take care of the poor cat, who has been alone for several hours. I love my three day weekend, however, it is very hard to get things done during the week and actually get more than six hours of sleep. I did finally get a smaller computer that will allow me to, hopefully, blog or work on posts on my lunch break once or twice a week when I am not taking walks for the employee wellness program.

Boo 06-11-15Fridays have been busy the past few weeks due to my cedar/mold allergies that have affected many people in Central Texas. I have been getting acupuncture, which is relaxing and offering some relieve in addition to some natural remedies. I tried traditional allergy medicine and it didn’t work for me.

Please know that I have not forgotten about my blog, I am just trying to get back to my routine or develop a new one that allows to doing everything that I need and want to do. I will be finishing a few old posts and be attempting to make new posts at least twice a week. Bare with me, Word Press Blogosphere!

© 2016 blogdaysofchrell

Road trip!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”

On my own to one destination across the country, I would likely opt for an airplane as I did for my recent NYC weekend trip. It made sense to keep the travel as concise as possible on a relatively short visit with my Brother and his girlfriend, especially with the real possibility of crazy rain or snow between New York and Texas. Also, for this reason, I fly nonstop, as I don’t which to be stranded at an in-between spot due to bad weather somewhere else.

However, I see the value of a road trip, especially with someone you love AND get along with. this very important when you are driving through the middle of nowhere confined to an enclosed space! Boyfriend and I have taken many road trips, some for fun but also for family reasons and moving to Texas.  Also, it is important to like driving because the trip will not enjoyable if driving is a chore. Taking periodic breaks helps.

Two of our road trips lasted about two weeks and involved multiple states. The Southern Road Trip took us to Louisville, KY;  Lynchburg, TN; Atlanta, GA, Hattiesburg, MS; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; and Austin, TX before we headed home. That road trip taught me lessons about planning with friends you haven’t seen in years and involving them integral parts of your trips because this trip should have included Columbus, MS and didn’t because we left Hattiesburg unexpectedly and kept going. The details need a post of their own, enough said. The Mountain Time Zone Road Trip took us to Colorado State University/Fort Collins, CO; The Royal Gorge/Canon City, CO; Billy The Kid/Fort Sumner, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Moab, Arches National Park/ Moab, UT; Utah State University/Antelope Island/Salt Lake City/Ogden/Logan, UT; Bear lake and Idaho State University/Pocatello, ID; Grand Tetons National Park/Jackson, WY; and South Dakota State University/Brookings, SD. Whew!

Two months later, we took a short trip around the Midwest to Mankato, Minneapolis, and Duluth, MN and to Winona, WI. The Mountain Time Zone and the Midwest trips were taken to help Boyfriend and I determine to where we wanted to move but we chose the Great State of Texas over the rest for many reasons. If we had not driven to and around some of these destinations, we have missed out on some really cool things and also the things that would help factor into the decisions we made.

I like having a semi-structured plan on our road trips with room to add destinations we hear about or to re-route if needed, which is easier to do driving than it is with coordinating flights to multiple locations. Boyfriend is very good with a map and he has navigated us through a good portion of our American adventures.  In fact, we have only been lost using printed directions from MapQuest and Google. So much for technology!

We technically took a road time this past summer but it was just to the Chicago area and back to Texas due to Boyfriend’s mother’s death and for him to tie us loose ends. I only hope we can plan another fun road trip for summer 2016, but I know we plan to take a few short trips around Texas to state parks or to Fredericksburg.  We have only lived in Texas for a little more than two years and there is much left to explore!

How do you like to travel?

© 2015 blogdaysofchrell