HOW DO Y’ALL KEEP FROM GETTING LONELY AND BORED

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Elizabeth L.'s Comment
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We’re pretty young so im fairly new to the life. The bf does OTR but is moving in with me at the end of the month. He wants to see about a local or regional job once he gets his own truck but that’s obviously still a few years away...At the moment he is gone for like 3 weeks at a time so I get to see him once MAYBE twice a month only for two days at a time and my circle is pretty small (my closet friend lives 2 hours away anyway) so its not always convenient to hang out. Also, he recently started team driving to make more $ because we’re trying to save up and he is the ome driving nights so we dont get to talk as much as we used to on the phone. I have the dog to keep me company lol but sometimes it just hits me and im like “dang the apartment feels quiet.” How do yall keep from feeling lonely and bored af sometimes? Its hard lol 😂. I laugh but in all seriousness... an independent woman but it still blows 😞

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Hopper's Comment
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Elizabeth, Why in the world aren't you and the BF team driving? It's a great fit for us. Many companies will let you do it and be a company driver, and when he gets his own truck, the money just gets better. You will only see him a couple hrs a day, because he is sleeping while you drive and vice versa. We made over $80K each last year teaming and we are company drivers. You don't have to be lonely out there! I find when he sleeps all day while I drive, that music helps,, singing,, and listening to sirius radio. Lots to choose from to keep your mind busy. Talk radio, news, comedy, etc. I recommend you invest in a sirius radio till you find something better. I do long stretches on lonely quiet interstates and I talk on the phone with my headset too. But I don't talk when I am in the city driving. Too much distraction around traffic to be chatting on the phone. Hope this helps! Terry

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Hopper, does Hobby Lobby actually have 57' trailers? I didn't realize that. My other half and I have considered teaming for them. How are they about shutting down in inclement weather? And how are they in regards to unmarried couples?

Thanks, Susan

Isabell C.'s Comment
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My advise is talk to God and get a good relationship with Him. You can literally talk His ear off all day about literally any subject and He loves every minute of it. If you want His response turn to scriptures like The Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price ask questions and just start reading, He will communicate back to you in what you read. If you don't know He exists, ask Him if He does and He will let you know. Ask the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to stop by, they will literally come from anywhere just to talk to you about a message that can change your life forever and have a pleasant conversation with you! You can request male or females. Who ever it is, they will come and care about you; sometimes they bring gifts.

Here's some things I like to do when I talk to God: thank Him for things, yell at or get angry at Him (trust me He can handle it better than any human can), tell him my goals, ask Him questions like "What is my purpose?" or "what's something I could start doing or stop doing that would make my life better?" like basically asking Him for advice, ask Him for things that I want Him to do for me or give me whether it be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, tell Him my opinions and what I think about any subject, tell Him how I'm feeling, talk about upcoming things, ask for His grace to do something I can't do on my own, ask Him what to do to best use my time, ask Him for forgiveness, talk about my day and react to it/share it with Him. I love asking Him questions because He knows everything!

The best thing about God is He's always there, every hour, day and night. You can talk to Him in your mind, out loud or you can write/type your prayers out. He's not a two hour drive away, as soon as you say "Dear Heavenly Father" he's immediately there to hear all the "...blah blah blah..In Jesus Name Amen" that comes next. He's not bound by time so you can talk as long as you want, and no matter what you do He is alway interested, invested and happily willing to hear from you. He wants to communicate with you. He may seem far away physically at times like you can't physically see Him, but He is always accessible and there for you in Spirit, and you'll be able to feel His spiritual presence with you when you're sincerely welcoming, wanting or needing it. Just remember He loves you and is your spiritual father and that you can talk to Him about LITERALLY anything.

While driving I like listening to Audible audiobooks, music, Deseret Bookshelf Plus (hundreds of funny or spiritual religious talks and books), General conference talks from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, podcasts like "Crime Junkie," listening to "The Great Courses" which are super smart professors from top universities giving lectures, or audio courses on how to speak a different language.

When not driving I like to watch Dry Bar Comedy on the app where they have awesome clean standup comedians full sets up for free, Penn & Teller's Fool Us to watch magicians, the show "What Would You Do?" to see social experiments and peoples responses to them. I think painting and creating something is fun, I'm also going to be learning instruments soon. I asked God what He wanted me to focus on and of all things He said music lol so I've got two instruments and will be learning how to play them when I'm not driving :) It'll be fun.

If you ever want to just chat about anything, especially your life, or about religion, go here and chat with the missionaries: https://www.comeuntochrist.org/chat they are super kind, helpful and caring. You can also call them too.

Idk if your library is going to be like mine, but mine has a "Creative Lab" where you can schedule to learn how to sew, record a podcast or music in a recording booth, use adobe photoshop and illustrator, 3D print things and they even have a special cutter called a cricket you can make decals or cute cards with.

If none of that sounds good, idk how rural where you live is, but go out and try to meet people closer to you. I'm sure plenty of people would want to be your friend :) You can meet anyone anywhere if you're friendly enough and show interest in them, at church, at the gym, at a party, or basically anywhere other people are even the grocery store. Just reach out to them and compliment them, try to have a conversation with them and see where it goes. Don't give up, keep trying, you will find more friends. :)

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