I’m Not Licensed to Drive a Tank

I’m sitting on a plane on the way home. After nearly 3 1/2 months of trips (some for fun like FL and Vegas, but most for work), I’m happy to say I have no where to go for at least 4 more months! I can’t express how excited I am about that. I love that a few of my work trips were also combined with visits with family, but I’m ready to stay put in VA for a while.

While I was galavanting around, D has had to deal with a hurricane, a nor’easter (and we were very fortunate compared with New England), managing 3 kids and all they have going on (swim 4-5 days per week for one and a new job for another), feeding them on a fairly consistent manner, keeping the house from falling apart, plus work full time! So while I whine that I’ve had it rough with flight delays and too much dining out – it’s nothing compared to what he’s had to do!

So a quick recap since my last post. I made it to and from WI in just over 3 days with minimal flight issues. I made every plane and didn’t get stuck anywhere I didn’t need to be, so I count my blessings there.

I landed in Madison on Monday afternoon – just after President Obama left a rally. Since there were a ton of grounded flights all getting off at the same time, there was a run on rental cars. Enterprise upgraded me once again….but this time the vehicle I got was just too much. They gave me a Suburban (full on Secret Service/FBI looking thing!), and it was more of a rental tank than rental car. I hated driving it and hated parking it even more.

I hit up a Zumba class and a hot yoga class while I was there, but mostly either worked or stayed in my hotel room. Tuesday night I was on pins and needles watching the news and constantly flipping around to different news sites, that I finally decided to go to bed and find out who our president was going to be when I woke up.

I will preface this next bit by saying a few things. Even though I wasn’t in VA on election night, I did cast an early/absentee ballot at the polls in mid-October. I believe that people are entitled to their own opinions (and this is on anything, not just politics). I have respect for anyone who’s convictions are their own (and not just because of who they’re married to or if they’re “told” to have a certain opinion), and for those who choose to educate themselves on issues before making their choice.

I will also say (in case it wasn’t obvious) that I am a Democrat and happy with how the election turned out. I don’t “hate” Mitt Romney or anyone who really is trying to do what they think is best. I think there’s something to be said about the concept that governments be looked at a little more like a business. He’s certainly not the first to suggest that (remember Ross Perot?) and won’t be the last. But that said – people are not debits and credits on a balance sheet. I just hope that the politicians elected will work together – the percentage of who was voted for was neck in neck, and that should send a clear message to them ALL that we are a country divided and polarized, and if they can’t work together for the good of us all, then none of them have any business in the jobs they are in.

I’m done on that topic now!

This is going to be a busy weekend – swim meets, runs, grocery shopping and cooking (my favorite), plus a pot luck and catching up on house work! Next week is just as crazy. I have three nights with late meetings, a girls Winesday outing, plus hosting a Vegan meet-up dinner and movie Saturday night. I think I’ll sleep sometime after Thanksgiving 🙂

My tank:


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “I’m Not Licensed to Drive a Tank

    1. I definitely am. I’m going to putter around the house all day today, clean, read, run, cook and maybe…go see the new James Bond tonight. I don’t have the energy for anything else 🙂

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