Well it didn’t start off wonderful. The Bimmer wouldn’t start so had to get everything in the scooter car. With the snow, ice and cold the scooter was almost to its limit. All this slowed us down so we were cutting it close to make the snow coach. Not quite half way there the gas light came on. Since the scooter is new to me I wasn’t sure how long it would go with the light on, but we didn’t have time to stop and get gas. I was sweating bullets when I dropped Janet off to confirm our ride. On top of all of this work was pinging me about a trip in May that had to be sorted out just then. I was a wreck by the time I took my seat on the coach.
It really was like a completely different world. I will share the pictures as any words I would add would not do them justice.
Janet and I went to church. It was a good message and everyone wanted to meet Janet. I did embarrass her a little bit when the pastor asked if we had any new people and I introduced her. Janet was offered a spot on a mountain lion photo search on Monday.
We went home and got ready for our cross country ski lesson. It was a lot of fun. I was on the ground more than Janet. Andrew our instructor was really good at explaining things. I had a really hard time stopping, which is why I was on the ground more.
Picked up Janet at the airport. She had Leviticus in tow. We made a quick stop and then on our way to Gardiner. Janet got to see a full winter storm. Coming over the Bozeman Pass it literately was a blizzard. The snow was blowing sideways due to the strong winds and visibility was almost zero. I hugged the right side and drove about 10-15 miles an hour. To give you an idea how bad it was I followed the right side off an exit and didn’t know we had left the interstate until I saw the stop sign. Had to get back on the interstate. Saw multiple cars in the ditch. It was bad. It took 3 hours to get home when it should have been an hour and a half.
This is American Top 40 I’m Casey Kasem. Now we are up to our long distance dedication and it is from a tired telephone man. It’s from a lonely guy who is ready to see his sweetie in person. The letter begins, “Dear Casey, while it is wonderful to speak with my wife each day, I would really love to see her and hold her tight in my arms. The anticipation is killing me and it makes me think about all the times I have picked her up at the airport. The buildup you have looking at everyone coming out. Is that her, no. Is that her, no. Then that moment when you lock eyes and you know it is her. When that happens I have this feeling of completeness and happiness. Sometimes it can be an over whelming feeling. On this T-3 day will you play So Far Away signed Dillard”
Dillard here’s your long distance dedication with a 80’s headband bonus.
While everyone reading this blog gets to share some highs and lows with me, I would like to take a moment and recognize the real hero in this story. A wonderful woman and my wife…Janet. She has been keeping everything going in Atlanta. She has been very supportive of me, and she handles the 3+1 cats with one that is certified crazy. Thank you Janet for being you! You make me a better person and you are the best thing that ever happened to me.
Transferred everything to the BMW this morning. The door handle has to be broken on the driver side. All other doors worked fine, but the driver door will not open from the outside. It is 6:00 AM. I have opened the driver door through the passenger side. All the lights are off except my neighbor’s car lights. When a lot of really loud barking starts. So dark I can’t see anything. First thought was wolf, then I remembered that wolves don’t bark. My neighbor shouts that he don’t know who’s dog it it. We are both ready to jump in our respective cars when I see something reflective which was now in the dog’s mouth and it runs off. Later I found out that a neighbor down the hill walks a black lab. Guess she was out for an early morning walk.
Went to Cowboy’s for the Friday men’s prayer breakfast. Mom would be happy, I had grits. Found out that the owners of Cowboys are from Georgia. Breakfast was good and the discussion was good. Talked about obedience. As part of the discussion we talked about that good and bad actions have repercussions. We too often don’t think about things in that light before we do things. We discussed the line about obedience is better than sacrifice. We are going to be reading a book called “Risk – Are you willing to trust God with everything”. Going forward we will read the chapter beforehand and be prepared to discuss as a group and the pastor will be more of a facilitator and not giving the message.
Set a “video date” with Janet. It was sooooo nice to see and talk with her. A great cap for the week. I have to do some research about a flight and cat cargo. Yeah Google Hangouts. Really was so good to see Janet while talking to her.
Someone from the engineering team went into the park and shared these pictures of the snow and a wolf pack. I was not there. I an getting the dates sorted out for my trip to the interior of the park. Was thinking it was going to be next week, but I think it will get pushed another week now.
As the alarm clock went off and I started opening my eyes at just the right angle with the ceiling it caused my mind to think I was back in Smyrna. In that split second my mind thought a was waking from a crazy dream. The way the covers were I thought Janet was to the right of me and a cat was at the foot of the bed. I was so excited as I rolled and reached to put my arm around Janet. Since I had no where to really reach and my mind was processing the other things coming into view, it felt like a ton of bricks hit me when I realized Janet was not there. It was a feeling that when deep into my gut. I had to pull myself together and get to work for an all day broadband discussion. It was a hard day.
At the end of the day I found an envelope that had been slid under my office door. It was my first paycheck. That created some high and low emotions. Time to go home.
I felt like the elk were taunting me on the drive up the hill to my house. This picture was taken while I was sitting in the car with no zoom at all. Had another one on the other side of the car too. Maybe they were starring at each other, but it felt like they were both starring at me with a “stupid human” glare.
Too messed up to eat dinner. Worked some more and checked personal email. Looked at my phone and saw that somehow I missed a call from Janet and her message said she was going to bed. I was so mad at myself for missing her call. How could I have missed her call? Outside an elk is shaking his head at me….
Taking Janet to the airport and saying goodbye was so sad. When she waved to me from the other side of TSA and walked around the corner it felt like everything inside of me just melted into nothingness.