You knew it was coming. You knew that once that beautiful little baby was born, I wouldn’t be able to stay away. You knew I sold my beloved 14-year-old Saturn and bought a brand new, reliable vehicle that would get me cross-country for a damn good reason.
You were right. Last week I gave the 30-day notice on my apartment. Yesterday I gave a 4-week notice on my job. I’m heading east.
I’m not moving to Albany for good, and I don’t know how long I’ll stay there. It depends on how long the finances hold out or when it starts to get chilly—whatever comes first. I’ll start accepting freelance writing/editing work starting June 1, and I’d love to find a contract training job in Albany or somewhere in the Northeast that would get me through the summer. I’ve been working primarily as a technical writer for the past four years, and I really miss training. But if I can muster up enough freelance work, maybe I’ll just do that.
So here’s the plan. I’m going to continue with Purgefest 2010 and put the rest of my crap in storage here in Las Vegas. My job ends Friday, May 14, and that’s the same day my sister Lori arrives. We’ll take that weekend to tie up loose ends and raise hell in the Vegas biker bars and then on Monday, May 17 we’re hitting the highway.
The ultimate sisters’ road trip!!!
Of course, my dog Stiff will be coming with us. He won’t be a problem and we can even sneak him into motels that don’t allow pets because he never--I mean never--barks. Awesome.
We’re planning on taking the southern route over I-40 though Flagstaff to Albuquerque. I have a dear friend in Santa Fe, so we’ll stay there a night or two, and then on to Amarillo, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and Memphis.
Stiff is going to Graceland!
After Memphis, we’ll head up to Nashville, where I must spend some time on a barstool in Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, this cool place that has live music starting each day at 10 a.m. I was there one morning about 10 years ago drinking beer and singing “All My Exes Live in Texas” with a bunch of new friends and I can’t wait to go back.
I haven’t mapped out the trip from Nashville up to New York yet, so if you have any suggestions, let me know. I definitely want to go to Asheville, North Carolina—I hear it’s my kind of place—and I’m thinking I’d like to up through Kentucky and West Virginia.
Oh, I soooo excited! I LOVE taking road trips, and as I’ve told you a million times, my sister Lori is a blast. Lori’s taking two weeks off from work, so we can take our time and stop at every bizarre roadside attraction and Harley Davidson shop along the way.
Of course, you’ll be with us on every leg of the trip. I’m hoping to add videos as well. And you thought this site was going to turn into a boring granny blog.
Just for that, look at this adorable picture of Connor and Hazel.
Soooo… Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Lay it on me!