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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Frustrating week

As you can see baby, Addilyn is gorgeous. She got to come home from the hospital right on time.

Last week I had our entire blog entry ready to post but as I was copying and pasting, I hit delete and it was gone. Argh!
So I had to contact my accountability manager and explain. 
He was very understanding. So in light of that, I found this joke.
For those who have computer problems
This has got to be one of the best clean jokes I have heard in ages
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better
on The computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God
was tired of hearing all the bickering.
Finally fed up, God said, 'THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to
set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I
will judge who does the better job.'
So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.
They moused.
They faxed.
They e-mailed.
They e-mailed with attachments.
They downloaded.
They did spreadsheets!
They wrote reports.
They created labels and cards.
They created charts and graphs.
They did some genealogy reports
They did every job known to man.
Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell.
Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed
across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power
went off
Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known
in the underworld.
Jesus just sighed.
Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their
computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming:
'It's gone! It's all GONE! 'I lost everything when the power went
Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from
the past two hours of work.
Satan observed this and became irate.
"Wait!' he screamed. 'That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all
His work and I don't have any?'
God just shrugged and said,

Anyway, onto a new week. I would have to title this week- frustration.
We made our Monday pickup in Bloomington, IN. It is headed to Philadelphia, PA. 
We have been keeping our eye on the national weather forecast. The eastern coast seems to be the only safe place from crazy weather. 
Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and all of the northwest and Midwest is getting feet of snow. Central America is getting mass flooding. 
So, here we are traveling from Bloomington to Philly. The weather is drizzly but not too bad. We are starting our walking program back up today, so I'm hoping it's not too cold.
We walked in Indiana. We are walking at least 3 miles a day. It was chilly but not too bad.
We delivered the next morning in Philadelphia. Then we beat it to Harrisburg for a load that we were predispatched on. 
We were about an hour early but thought we would risk seeing if the load was ready. Pops went into the office and came out shaking his head. Oh boy, that can't be a good sign. 
He said our load was gone.
"What do you mean, gone?" I asked.
"It's gone. Someone else took the load this morning."
I could hardly believe it. This was Tuesday morning and we had gotten that dispatch last Thursday evening. Oh brother! Now what? Because we have or supposed to have another predispatched after that.
Pops called FedEx. They were sorry 😦 and confused 😱 and didn't know how that might have happened. We were upset 😠 and distraught 😩 because we need to make some money, not sit around.
We were considered still predispatched for tomorrow, but promised they would hunt for us a load sooner.
Shortly we were offered another load. It, too, was for the next day, but it was a long load, paying much better. So we accepted it and were dispatched. 
But then we got a message from our company telling us that we still were dispatched on the other load too. 😨😬😯
We went from a load, to no loads, to a tomorrow load, to two tomorrow loads!
Pops called them back. He tried to explain our confusion, but only succeeded in confusing two dispatchers until he was transferred to Louise, one of our favorite dispatchers.
She figured it out, straightened it all out and we were back to one tomorrow load, the longer, better paying one.
So we had the day off. Although we did have to be in Schenectady, NY by tomorrow afternoon. So we drove part way to just inside the NY line. The weather was very cold. It was only 14 degrees and windy, although still dry and clear. We walked anyway. We got our 3 miles. It was so so cold. We did end up going inside the store to finish our walk.
The next day we picked up in Schenectady. Pops and I love learning to spell places like this and Albuquerque. It helps us pass the time to google places and learn about them. We have really gained a lot of pretty useless knowledge over the past 5 years.
In 1887, Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works to Schenectady. In 1892, Schenectady became the headquarters of the General Electric Company. Schenectady's General Electric plant has the Zip Code 12345. 
And actress Ann B. Davis aka Alice from the Brady Bunch is from Schenectady.
Anyway, we picked up our load and was now headed to southern Virginia.
We stopped in Wilkes-Barre, PA to walk. It was a little cold but we managed our 3 miles. We stopped to talk to a man walking his dog. Pops talked on and on, then we realized that the man spoke no English only French. So we all kind of just awkwardly walked away from each other.😚
By the time I woke up the next morning, our load was already off. 
We decided to drive into North Carolina, thinking we had a better chance for a load. But by evening we knew that it hadn't mattered, we still didn't have a load. 
Pops talked to our truck owner, it was kind of a slow going week for all the trucks he said. 
We walked that evening at the truckstop in Durham, NC. Once again we each got over 3 miles. The temps were a good bit milder too.
The next morning Fedex called. Yippee, usually when they call it means they have a load that they will negotiate with because they are desperate. Wrong, Pops was required to go for a random drug/alcohol test immediately. 
While I waited in the truck during his testing, I did negotiate a load and got it. It was a big deadhead, clear to Lancaster, PA and it didn't pickup until Monday morning, but the pay is good and the deal was made.
So once he came out of the medical office we started working our way north.
We had the whole weekend to sit still and watch all the football playoff games. I did some rambling and strolling through the stores to pass time. We called a couple of churches on Friday, didn't hear back. I called again on Saturday and sent messages to the email addresses on the websites, nothing. So Sunday morning Pops and I live streamed a service from Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, TX. We like Barry Cameron a lot and we both were so blessed by the sermon that we heard today. 
We used the Restoration Herald and had our Sunday School from the lesson out of there. 
Now it's more football. 
It is getting really cold. And it's rainy. They are calling for freezing rain tomorrow. I hope we get loaded and moving quickly. We are headed to Southern Florida.

From our wal in Wilkes-Barre, PA

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