I just found out that it wouldn't have mattered if I had sent my entry to Zamora by Express mail. I was told they drew envelopes out of a box. I usually don't have that bad of luck. Funny, no "big" names were on the waiting list. :0) I drew up LAST in the run order for pro-novice, too. I wonder what my horoscope said that day. Hahaha It's okay. Even though it's the greatest field EVER (velvety green mountains) I'll live. I scratched and hope my luck is better next year. Driving 12 hours round trip for one pro-novice run with Yoko is too pricey with gas and a hotel. Bummer that I made hotel reservations some 5 months ago awaiting this fantastic trial. Oh well. I can cancel those, too. C'est la vie.
My husband wants to work until he is 65 yrs. old. That is another 10 years since I am almost 8 yrs. older than he is. Some friends at the hospital have asked me when I am going to retire? Hmmmm. One said she had a friend who just died at 62 yrs. of age. Then she asked me how old I was. I replied, "62." She said, "See!." Yikes....I thought about that all day while I was working.
I think about that (croaking before I am 70) every 6 mos. that I go to have a sigmoidoscopy done to see if the anal cancer has come back. I have been in remission for just over 3 years. They say if I can get past the 5 year marker, I'll stand a chance of not having it reoccur. Reoccurrence would be a death sentence. Me and Farrah Fawcette. Coincidental as I was going through chemo and radiation, Farrah was dying of the same cancer. I could do without those coincidences.
Though, I am REALLY thinking about buying a cargo van. I'd like to put a bed in it and dog crates under the bed. I'd like to hit the road with my Border Collies. I have always been a bit of a "wanderlust." In fact, it was a toss up which would I rather be, a nurse or a trucker. No kidding. That was a big decision for me.
I have been a nurse now for over almost 30 years. I have traveled all over the United States by myself in my off time and love it. My friends ask me if I am scared to travel alone. The answer is, "No."
Back to the cargo van. When my father's house in Florida sells, I should get a little money from the sale. I will have enough to buy a van and set it up as I would like it to be. SIMPLE. I like simple. I don't need to pull a trailer. I don't need an RV. I don't want a microwave. KISS Keep it simple stupid.
I have been discussing this a little at a time with my husband, that I want to quit work and travel around the United States. I want to go to all of the National Parks. I want to visit with all of my friends and family. Friends definitely outweigh how many family members are left, but still....
I have always wanted to hike the Pacific Crest trail. It was a dream of mine. I'm probably too damn arthritic at age 62, plus, I want my dogs to come along with me. And, I'm not carrying a backpack of food and water for them. :0) Sorry guys. We will be much better off driving, I think. We can do some day hikes. And, yes, I pack a gun. And, yes, I can shoot it.
I better hurry and formulate this plan (dream) before gas prices get closer to $10/gallon. Just think.... all of the National Parks won't have any crowds, because who will be able to afford to travel. Ahhh dreams. Dream BIG, Suzanne. DREAM BIG.