Tuesday, February 15, 2011

tomorrow's roadtrip

I like spontaneous people. I do. I wish i was like them. But i'm not. 

{SIGH.} I hate having to admit that! I want to be the kind of person who says,  when someone asks if i want to go to the beach tomorrow, "SURE!" & throw my stuff in a duffle & hit the road. 

I notice this in a lot of ways. If you tell me you want to get together for lunch with me "one day" & if you add, "maybe the 28th", let's set the exact date & time a week or two in advance. I wouldn't say i'm psycho about it, but please do not ignore my emails asking if we're still on & then call me 2 days before & expect me to still have that evening open! Not gonna happen. Because, honestly, if it's still open, i might have already gotten excited to just RELAX at home that evening! I like to plan in advance. I wasn't this way as much when i was younger. It's just gotten worse as i've gotten older.

So yesterday my sweet Uncle Bookie passed away & we are leaving in the morning for Grenada Mississippi. Even though it is sad that he is gone, I am looking forward to visiting with family - hugging their necks & reminiscing about what a smart a** he could be (I totally mean that in a loving way...& he would laugh if he heard me say that!). 

But i like cleaning my house before a trip so i can come home to a clean house.
I like getting my eyebrows waxed before a trip when they are long overdue. 
I like getting my car washed before a trip so i don't have to spend almost 5 hours in a dirty car.
I like getting an oil change & making sure my car is good to go for the trip sooner than a day in advance.

These things can't always happen. Last minute trips do not allow time for these sorts of things. 

Today i went to Benny's Car Wash after work & they told me they couldn't do the oil change. Walmart apparently messed something up the last time i got one & Benny's couldn't do it or they would be held liable if something happened.

Why is it that whenever i go on a trip, something is wrong with my car? It has been GREAT for MONTHS! And now. I need an oil change & can't get one. I was going to get one on the way home, at Walmart, but Brad decided we should just deal with it when we get back. It'll be fine, he says (& i trust him since i myself know NOTHING about cars). (Neither does he, actually, but don't say i said so. He knows more than i do, which is what matters.) Well, i should have still gotten the car wash at Benny's. But i didn't because i thought i'd just do that at Walmart. On my way to Walmart is when Brad called & said not to worry about it. 

So i have a dirty car (inside & out) that needs an oil change.

I get home & am so tired, all i want to do is relax, but my house is a mess. I hate going on trips with my house a wreck. I started organizing the mail/bills/junk that piles up on the kitchen table & counter. After organizing all of that, i sat down & relaxed. Later on, i got up, did some laundry, loaded the dishwasher & wiped down the counters. So at least there's that.

Then i talked to mom & realized that we're going to have to leave the house at 7 am. Yeah, we were thinking more like 8. Brad was just thrilled about that, let me tell you.

So, 7 it is. Dirty car. Mostly dirty house. No time to bathe the dog (because trust me, i'm NOT doing that tonight!) & no time to get get my eyebrows waxed. I really hoped to do that before whatever was next on the calendar! It desperately needs to be done (Don't judge! They're in terrible shape!).

Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to. I am just going to have to get over that. I seriously doubt my relatives will notice that my eyebrows need waxing...(okay, some of them will. but they'll get over it! Most of them won't.).

Anyway. On the bright side. I get a 4 1/2 hour drive. Which, while long & cramped, means 4+ hours of reading. I have my novel. I have "Woman After God's Own Heart" (which i don't know if i will get to post tomorrow since internet access in Grenada is limited for me. But i will try). And i have Real Simple magazine & Entertainment Weekly. And i have my Bible (i got a little behind this weekend).

Although i suppose i will have to drive at some point!

Prayer Requests. (Some of them may sound silly, but they're serious!):
Please please pray that i continue my soda & fast food boycott. I have not had either in 2011 (besides Subway, which i don't count), but roadtrips are my downfall.

Please pray that we leave for Grenada on time & that there will be no melissa getting seriously stressed about that (i am afraid of the wrath of my mother if i am late).

Please pray that the trip to Grenada goes very smoothly & that we encounter ZERO car troubles. ZERO!!

Please pray for my mom & my aunt paula (mom's sister) & my aunt erma (uncle ruby's wife) as they prepare for visitation, the service, the burial, etc.

Most importantly: Please pray for my Aunt Erma to have total comfort & peace tomorrow & in the weeks ahead. Please pray for her to feel LOVED. She & my uncle were married almost 67 years. That's a long time. I am worried about her. Mom said she is doing okay, though.

Thank you for your prayers. HUGS!


  1. I will be praying! I know just how you feel, I am probably the least spontaneous person on the planet, so I will know just what to pray for in that regard! Thinking of you and your family!

  2. I am spontaneous with my family in that I have been known to walk in the room and yell "ROAD TRIP" and we just take off...but that's ONLY with my immediate family. Otherwise I like plans and I hate being called at the very last minute. Admittedly a lot of that is for budgetary reasons. We really have to plan for most things.

    As for you? I always assumed you were quite spontaneous and very fun-loving.

  3. 67 years = AMAZING!

    I hope things went well today.

    And I am kind of like you. I used to be a lot more spontaneous but now I really just like to have a plan. I don't mind babysitting for friends but if they call the day of looking for someone it's quite likely I will tell them "Call everyone else you know first and if nothing at all works out then call me back." I hate when my days get messed up. I have it planned out in my head and if that gets changed I get a little stressed. It's kind of weird because I was NOT like this before!

  4. I always say I wish I was spontaneous!!!! I do envy those people so much! But I've given up on it. My OCD gets in the way!!! Haha!
    Praying for everything!!!


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