Alarm went off at 3:30 this morning. And the sun is finally waking up too 🙂 Writing feverishly. Wanting to get this story done today!
We are enrolled. I can’t believe how efficient people are here 🙂
South Dakotans are like the best people ever. Doing business/errands/and such is so easy here and people are so nice. Going to the home-school office now to enroll. Yeah 🙂
So we dropped the poor Truck off last Tuesday at the shop, just for some routine maintenance and well you read the header HA! The good news is the truck will survive if we throw some money at it, and the warranty company has finally decided to fix it. Hooray! We took it to one of their certified service centers just in case it had warranty issues and it’s not like we have anyone up here. They claim the warranty process is smooth and easy if you choose their people, OK. So we see that truck has problems, problems of which are listed in my warranty contract as covered but they STILL require an inspector to come out. Fine, well they find out Friday so it doesn’t happen until Monday, OK. So, at this point I realize hey we have a rental car program through the warranty people and travel reimbursement stuff. So considering we were supposed to leave Monday I figured well our travel was interrupted and I want a rental car. They don’t even know anything from the inspector until Tuesday so that morning my cheery self calls again for some travel/car rental info. Apparently the work to be done is clocked for 5.9 hours which doesn’t qualify for a rental or travel expenses, of course it doesn’t HA Sooooo, I ask again are you going to even fix it? They still don’t know, even though its black and white in my contract that its a covered item. OK. Very short story long, I rang them up again yesterday morning, this time playing the mom stranded with her kiddos in South Dakota card and you know what they finally got an answer. Ugh! I know, I know it’s a warranty company but MAN! Anyways, so truck is on its way to getting fixed with a considerable out of pocket but thank god, warranty company too. So the rental car thing has turned into a family challenge. We could have picked up a rental car at anytime, they have a service that comes out here and picks you up the whole deal. We didn’t really need to go anywhere, but we hadn’t exactly stocked up on food. SO that’s what our fridge looks like, the thing is usually crammed full. Its been pretty amazing what we have come up with to eat though since we aren’t just throwing new groceries in front of all the crap! haha Crackers that the kids would never touch were suddenly pretty tasty. And we have cheese, what more do you really need 🙂 We are going to bite the bullet today and get the rental, our little experiment has run its course. I highly recommend forcing yourself to really go as long as you can without shopping, it was fun!! Today we would have had to get into the MRE’s so hubby put his foot down, if I had it my way it would have been chip beef and spaghetti for breakfast 🙂
On a happier note, when the truck actually pulls through and we don’t flood our home with the black tank again we should be leaving this wonderful state Monday. Poor Dad has literally been up to his elbows in crap trying to fix the tank issue. I’m pretty impressed with his progress, and the flys really love him too! The “brown flood” of 2013, which Ryder named so appropriately, is now a humorous topic in our household. IT WASN’T FOR A SHORT TIME 🙂 Anyways, we flooded the black tank up and out of the toilet into the bathroom , down the stairs, into the heater vent. Ugh. It was bad. But we got it all cleaned up and the RV is coming through ok. It’s amazing to me how all the water has no problem going up and out of the toilet but it just wont go down as easily. There’s only so many freaking places it can go!!! But Dad is diligently trouble shooting the issue and he has kept the bathroom useable which I appreciate more than anything 🙂 So we will see. I can’t believe everything kind of broke at once but so is life right? 🙂
Well not really but I really loved the catchy title. It kinda sounded like one of those love column headers from umpteen years ago. You know the Loveless in Louisiana or Waiting in Wilmington but I digress 🙂 haha I also love that word!
We are still here in Rapid City, South Dakota. And if you can believe it one short year ago about this time we started school here at the very RV park where we are currently. Weird!! Olivia thought it was pretty hilarious. Shes is one of those everything is fantastically, boisterously laugh out loud funny right now. I love watching their little personalities shape. Sometimes anyways. You’ll be going about your day and then all the sudden this weird phrase drops our of their mouths and you’re thinking to yourself ugh I really should have kept them in a bubble ha. But then they turn around and say something like “stage dive” and jump off the steps into the RV floor at full speed imagining a crowds of screaming fans. It’s a give and take I suppose, like most things.
We hope to be heading out of the great state of SD soon. We decided to skip the Sugar Beet Harvest and head to Amazon in Nevada for work. Hubby will be doing all the work while I spend my time writing and educating the kiddos.
Speaking of writing I swear I just hit my last keystroke about 1130 last night and my alarm went off at 413 this morning to get back at it. Unfortunately I must have turned it off and I didn’t actually get back to my computer until 5 but I can still get a good amount of words in today. My “literary agent: AKA Hubby/Dad/Houseboy is breathing down my neck HA I’ve dreamed of saying that since I started writing 🙂 In any case he gave me a very clear set of goals yesterday after speaking with the publisher. I think I may actually pull this off. Maybe not well but who cares, we’re doing it!!
I had a dream about Charlie Rose the other night. I was sitting on the set being interviewed and he said one of the words I use in my stories a lot, even though I cant remember the word, but we sat in the interview and debated about the appropriate way to pronounce the word. I mean on all levels this is pretty ridiculous, if I had to guess Charlie Rose is going to know a heck of a lot more words than I would haha although Thesaurus.com is my new best friend.
Per usual the Cunningham’s have a very loosely defined plan but that’s just how we enjoy living our lives. I’m wishing and hoping and praying and good vibing and visualizing and well you get the point, that my new prospects come to fruition. I actually skimmed through a “best seller” last night doing some research and the author actually put several sentences in there with no commas just ands. Hmmm But seriously, if anyone has some karmic favors to put in and you don’t need them for yourself The Cunningham’s would love your attention.
I am truly enjoying my new found passion and boredom hasn’t even set in yet. That has to be a record! I also came across about the best band ever. The Dirty Heads are more than just a muse they are totally freaking awesome! I have never been one to hear the lyrics in songs. Don’t get me wrong I can sing most songs word for word but it’s more a sound recognition thing than actually processing and interpreting the lyrics but these guys are incredible. “Duddy B” and I will meet up one day. I have no doubt. Their music is hugely inspirational and most of my stories are written to them blasting in my headphones!
Well, it’s just about time to get to my characters. I hope to wrap this story minus editing today. Then it’s on to the next one. San Diego is on the radar so we will see what happens. I know it would certainly make the kiddos happy.
The kids and I have had lots of free time on our hands so what better way to spend it than organizing all of our books. It’s amazing how much stuff we fit in this thing. I feel so much better now 🙂 there’s not much I get to organize in the RV and as you all know it really is my passion in life so these books get a lot of action. Ha!
Magic relighting candles and all….it was awesome 🙂 The perfect day!
What I love in the pic, is the guy with the Axe, that also makes me laugh!
Olivia made a new friend 🙂
They make me laugh! I love them 🙂
I love these girls, they are feisty and full of spunk! Totally my kinda people 🙂
And here are all the great people I keep talking about 🙂 We celebrated my 30th bday at Sheridan lake, where one of the couples who left took another workamp job. Totally gorgeous!!
First of all who knew I would actually make it to 30. But not only that I would be spending my 30th bday with road buddies. I can’t believe I was ever worried that I would find great people on the road. We had such an awesome night and I am just so happy to have met all these nice couples. The fam and I are no longer at our workamp job. And we are the third couple to have left so that’s gotta tell you something. It was an amazing experience though that I wouldn’t trade for the world. We met a lot of amazing people and learned a lot about workamping, people, the human spirit and getting back into the work force. I learned that I’m pretty awesome at serving tables and you can make a crap ton of money. Hubby learned he doesn’t really want to ask “do you want a bag with that?” HA but again it was awesome!! We are sticking around in the area mostly due to that guy in the last pic who showed up and started the best bday ever! Hubby went out last night and within a couple of hours had a job in Sturgis. He’s the official weapons checker at a bar and casino in town 🙂 So cute! Kiddos and I get to hang at a beautiful campground and then we’ll just go from there. If it’s one thing you become accustom to in this way of living it’s change. And you know what for a lot of us, change, good or bad, is one of the hardest things in life to conquer. Well kids consider it conquered haha. Speaking of the kids, they were sad at first although they were pretty happy to hear mommy would be back. And of course our underwear fashion show broke the mood, that’s another long story. The Cunninghams will always prevail as long as we embrace the world around us and I totally feel like we remain true to that. It was also a good learning experience for the kiddos. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to and that’s ok, because it is what it is, and life really is going to be alright. I can’t say that I’m not dissapointed that everything turned out the way it did, but it was necessary and life goes on. We haven’t ruled out workamping, just taking a little detour, because that’s what we do 🙂
This is like the best bday present ever. The whole reason we came to the black hills was because of this guy. The stars aligned and everything worked out for Cory to come by this morning a total surprise. So happy he’s home safe ! More later. The Cunninghams have once again experienced a detour in life and everything’s great 🙂
Will one day be the worlds largest mountain carving. We went here with uncle Steve and aunt DJ. We actually really enjoyed ourselves. And the Indian dancers were awesome. I love that the mountain carver who has since died would never take any government money. He helped Borglum with Rushmore and then came here with 174 dollars to his name after being asked to carve the infamous crazy horse. He worked for several years all by himself carving away the mountain. Now 7 of his 10 children and his wife Ruth keep his spirit alive continuing to carve the mountain.
This is where I spend the majority of my day. Sometimes I wonder why I chose to spend 5 months of my life asking people “for here or to go?” But then I remember that it’s about so much more than that. It has been exactly one year since we pulled away from our old life. I remember it very clearly. We had two of our best friends helping us make the transition. It was probably one of the most emotional days of my life. From the technicals of figuring out how to live in an rv and how to get it out of the driveway to leaving our home and walking away from everything conventional. I have not one regret though ! This has been the best decision our family has made yet. Ill never forget trying to get this rv into our space at the campground. So many tears were shed. Tensions were unbelievably high. Ugh. I hope I’m never that stressed out again haha. But then we finally got it in there. And the nicest rv family came over with words and food and encouragement and I knew it was all going to be alright. Of course now I cant imagine living life in anything else or in any other way. That’s the beauty of the human spirit. It just acclimates as long as you let that positivity flow. The bottom line is we all create our own happiness and no matter what the extenuating circumstances it’s completely up to you. You can have all the stuff and money in the world. None of it matters. You have to follow you’re heart and live everyday doing at least one thing you love. Otherwise. What’s the point ? As we spend our time in the road I realize these cliches exist for a reason. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and become complacent not having to evaluate your choices. It’s been really eye opening at times in the road because every choice we make forces us to really look at ourselves and our family and determine the best outcome. Looking that closely into myself is really difficult sometimes but so worth it. I now know that monotony will be my demise. And I’m making choices everyday to nurture my creativity and free spirit. None of us really know what the hell we are doing. So we just have to figure out what we’re going to do with our 100 years and follow our heart.
The kiddos are having a great summer. They are making tons of friends and learning lots. Olivia is a huge help in the cafe and learning some great skills. Totally proud if her 🙂 and my little guy has finally learned how to say his name. I am so proud of him. He is totally the kid that when its finally important to him he’ll figure out a way. I love these kids so much and I hope they remember this experience. Here the kiddos came down for their breakfast. We have a pretty good system and the kiddos are learning a ton if independence. They even know how to make their own beds now haha. Ah the little things.
After work yesterday we decided to drive the infamous Needles Highway. It is super gorgeous, very windy, very narrow and totally cool. It’s nice to be able to do the things I’ve been telling people about. Dad didn’t feel so well so we skipped Needles Eye which is a nice hike but we did drive past Sylvan Lake. Which is gorgeous !!!