You would think that without the normal nine to five job, life would be on easy street but it isn't. It was so hectic in the couple weeks leading up to our scheduled vacation, that I forgot to prep the blog. Normally I put up some post letting people know that I'm away in case they miss my witty/stupid comments that I occasionally leave behind and then I pull the plug on automatic posting. But this time I forgot both things and while I was gone, my blog continued to auto-fire blogs at you until my stock pile was exhausted and hitting on blanks. Perhaps I will remember next time.
Due to my daughter's school being a little free on announcing days off due to a slight dusting of snow, they had 11 snow days to make up this year, about three times higher than average and making my daughter's school, the last school in session in the entire state of Iowa. Because of that, she was in school during the first part of our scheduled time off leaving us scrambling to make other plans. In the end, we decided on a trip out to Indiana to see some friends we hadn't seen in a few years.
The trip went well though it had its flaws. Our friends live in cookie cutter suburbialand and it amazed me how people actually want to live like that. More on that though in a future post. The only other setback actually occurred on the way back home.
We were about 4 hours into our 6 hour drive and stopped for gas. While pulling into the station, I heard my wife ask the oldest daughter if she needed the restroom and the daughter said no. I pulled up to the pump, got out, and did my thing. Since I paid at the pump, when everything was done, I hopped in the van and headed on down the road. I could hear our youngest daughter in the back playing with one of her toys and thought all was well. But after two miles, something about the quietness made me look behind me and gasp in shock. My wife and oldest daughter were no where to be found.
I got turned around and drove the two miles back to the gas station where my laughing wife and oldest daughter in tears were waiting for me. My oldest daughter thought I had just had enough and decided to leave them at the gas station forever. That was a first for me and I felt fortunate that I only went 2 miles. Sometimes when I'm in the zone and everyone is napping in the van behind me, I can put a couple hundred miles behind me without even blinking. We had a good laugh about it and I thought I would share it with you.