Randy's Home Time During Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I LOVE "normal" life. We got lots of errands done, I sold some stuff on Craigslist and Randy had a little pinstriping job - we made more money today than his last paycheck. ;) He keeps saying how nice it is to be home, and I keep telling him how nice it is to have him here. Home will soon be somewhere else, and we're going to start moving tomorrow.

This morning he told me I look, "almost anorexic". Huh? I'm sure he meant I look like I weigh the same as I did 29 years ago, but he does have a "funny" way of putting things. Anyway, I've got my appetite back since he's been home and I've been eating lots of bacon, peanut butter, chips, cake, etc. and I finally got the double cheeseburger I've been craving. I've got to pack on some lbs before he leaves again. But I'm trying really hard not to think about that while the "honeymoon" continues. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

It was another nice, normal day with more errands and moving preparation. Randy did a bunch of yardwork...I don't know if he's a work-a-holic or if he just wants the house to look nice for the last bit of time here. For the 3rd night in a row, he fell asleep trying to watch a movie. I'm tired too, but I keep thinking about when he will leave again and making myself all upset...I promised myself I wouldn't do that, but I'm having trouble controlling it. I'll try harder tomorrow.

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ugh...moving is STRESSFUL! Everything is just pure chaos and it seems like the trips back and forth with the pickups and Uhaul will never end. Thank heavens Randy is here...I don't think I would have survived it without him.

Monday, October 26 - Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wow, time is flying by here. Because of the move and numerous complications with my new computer, I'm going to try to catch up on the past few days.

We are slowly but surely digging out from the heaps of moving boxes in our new apartment. It's been so stressful since Randy got back, but we are both hugely relieved to get a little time together. You know, I really did get kind of ill when he was gone...I lost over 20 lbs, and NOT on purpose. When he first came back, I believe he mentioned the words, "scrawny, pathetic and anorexic"...that's his goofy way of letting me know he's worried about me. He keeps staring at me and saying he can't believe how skinny I am. But I'm not really...I weigh about the same as I did when we were first together. Anyway, now he said I look like a pretty little doll, which is an improvement over his initial reaction. :)

We're still moving things from our home, and dealing with all kinds of complications and errands and appointments. Randy has managed to squeeze in a few lettering and pinstriping jobs(including several trucks...thank you truckers!). Thank heaven's for that, because the training pay really is pathetic. And our move has ended up costing us nearly $2000 more than we had planned.

Randy's training coordinator has pretty much destroyed any chance of truly enjoying this break...that nasty man keeps us in a constant state of paranoia and worry, just like at the school. And there's no way to know if the threats are real or if he's still jerking Randy around. I guess we'll see...and I'll report the results later.

Friday, October 30, 2009

We're still working way too hard here, and I'm still hoping to squeeze in a little "down time" before Randy jumps on the bus to Indiana on Wednesday. That's right, we get our 2 weeks after all. The training coordinator was messing with Randy again this morning, so he handed the phone to me. I argued with the guy for a while, he yelled at me (almost made me cry, mostly made me mad), and it was really like playing poker. He told me if Randy wasn't back by Monday, he would be terminated and would have to be re-hired and do a refresher course, etc. So I called his bluff and said we would think about what we wanted to do and call him back later. Shortly thereafter, he called back with some b.s. story about how he pulled some strings and we got what we asked for. I know it was a bunch of baloney, and I think playing games is a stupid waste of time, but we got the extra time and that's what counts.

We still have more moving to do, Randy has to pinstripe a truck and snowmobile tomorrow, and I'm still glad to have him here. But neither one of us is looking forward to him leaving again. What we ARE looking forward to is him getting his experience so we will have more options, because we both think OTR is miserable.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I got MAJOR unpacking accomplished today while Randy was gone lettering and striping a Kenworth. Tomorrow he's doing a fancy Peterbilt...I think it's a 379X or something. The owners of the trucks told him about a job opening hauling autos, and they said the person that owns the company would train the right driver. I'm afraid that his lack of experience will make him difficult to insure, but I'm not giving up yet. Randy's going to call him to see what's possible. I would be in heaven if he didn't have to go back to CRE. I have to believe that whatever happens will be for the best.

I'll go with him tomorrow and try to get some photos of the trucks. I like photos. :)


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.

by Brett Aquila

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