A Little Extra! (February 11th, 2019)
Updated: Mar 11, 2019
Fort Polk, LA - Alligator Lake RV Park - Monday, February 4th, 2019 is where I left off, so let's pick up there with a brief background...
As some may know, I'm part of a health accountability group and have been so for most of the past 2 years. I check in daily with my team mates and post what we ate, our activity for the day, a struggle we overcame, something we did just for ourselves and how much water we drank. Daily Gratitude is an additional thing I list at the end of my check in. We share struggles and successes no matter how small and we strive for progress, not perfection. This has made an enormous impact on our lives. I meal plan & meal prep with as many raw ingredients as I can find which enables us to know what we eat (for the most part), know how much we eat, save money, save time, and save my poor hands from a magnanimous amounts of dishes. Tuesday, the 5th, I spent seven hours in the kitchen whipping up some awesome recipes from cook books I love: #thugkitchen #autumncalabrese #michaelmatthews #instapot #memasrecipes. This was followed with a savory home cooked meal by our wonderful friends from Korea. We even got down to #thefitnessmarshall after dinner and I got PUMPED! This definitely inspired me to start dancing again. It's my happy place :) so kamsahamnida guys!
Wednesday, February 6th - ROLL OUT! Better yet - LIMP OUT! Inner tire was only at 40 psi and it needs to be around 100. It wasn't holding or taking air. This is the kind of problem that needs to be addressed and fixed immediately. We get to a place that can take a look at truck-sized tires and they get down to business. It was pretty cool watching this guy use a sledge hammer and big-ass tools to get the tires off. They were efficient and inexpensive. The valve stem of the inner tire had been damaged by rubbing on the outer tire during driving. Solution was a longer valve stem and it cost us less than $40.00 total - #poundwinning!!! We move on to our next destination. Barksdale Air Force Base FamCamp #barksdaleafb. Really nice concrete pads, new metal picnic tables and public facilities that are clean as a whistle. For the price, you can't beat it for a full hook up.
Thursday, February 7th - Cleaning day. The Glamper, the trailer and the #jeep were so filthy that we decided to wash everything even though we knew it was going to rain later. The weather was glorious and we wanted to be outside - at least until it was about lunch time and the temperature started to drop. You could feel the goose bumps building up under your skin. We dump the black and grey tanks and proceed to get cleaned up from all the outdoor fun...
WHAT THE %$(u%u&&^_@#$@%?!?!?!?!?!?! THE TOILET WON'T FLUSH DOWN!
Side Note: One of my "things", for lack of better words, is using the bathroom. Many can attest that I use it often and get quite grumpy when I have to hold it.
That's right - the toilet broke and in the back of my mind, I had been dreading it. I knew it was going to happen. While I felt myself start to freak out, I maintained my cool. After all, we can call someone to fix it. While Ted finds a solution to the problem, I get busy on primping as we are to visit an old friend of Ted's for dinner. I really must give mad props to Ted for getting on the phone with CoachNet (which has been a pretty good service up to now and we would recommend having it if you get an RV). He was able to get someone to come to us from Texas the next afternoon. He was also able to procure us a cabin with a bathroom for the night as the temperature dipped down to 32 degrees. It was worth it to have a bathroom inside as opposed to having to walk outside in 32 degree weather...with rain....and mud. Ted saved the day!!! Thank you Papi, I love you SO MUCH!!!
Dinner was superb at Ted's buddy's house. Great conversation and warm hearts. Azlan even had a buddy to play with and we organized a play date for the next morning! The Dirt Cake was pretty awesome!
Friday, February 8th - Fabulous Hair Day! That's always a nice way to start the day! Azlan is off on his play date and Ted and I get some errands knocked out. I also get to do a #zumba class which makes me so full! Dancing is my happy place! My goal this week is to make a plan to get re-certified so I can teach. We nap - nappy time is good - and we wait for the guys to get here to fix the toilet. Simultaneously, we are expecting some #oldfriends from the #173rd to arrive and stay with us over the weekend. Lots going on at once but it was a fantastic night with loads of laughs and a functional toilet!
Saturday, February 9th - Party Day! Vegetarian breakfast burritos, fruit platters, veggie trays and Jumbalaya make for a delicious party menu! I think we need to keep this up! Our friends brought an outside burner set, cast-iron pots, tents, propane...real #camping pros. A blowtorch is a great way to start a fire by the way. It had been 14 years since we had been all together and I also made new, life-long friends. #whatthistripisallabout is re-connecting with friends and family - that's exactly what we did. It was fantastic taking a trip down memory lane!
Sunday, February 10th - Recovery! Azlan gets another play date so the adults all hang out, catch up, tell stories, play Uno, do laundry and putter. The weather improves significantly so we get to check out the planes on display on the base, which is an impressive array of power. We get Azlan and his buddy back, set up a tent, cook dinner outside, and relax. It's really great to have other kids for Azlan to play with - he fell asleep hard and fast as I imagine did his buddy....and all of us really.
Monday, Feburary 11th - I'm caught up! Sadly our friends depart, but I know we will stay in touch and remain close from now on. On behalf of them and us, I think it's safe to say we have found kindred spirits. This sums up our last week and I'm going to let the pictures tell the rest.
Stay tuned for next week's adventure as we move into a new State!
Daisa (and Ted and Azlan)