Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Team Finally Takes A Rest

We are finally done with the 2008 No Fun UPS Run. Three weeks of driving/sleeping/eating/driving/sleeping/eating/driving/sleeping/eating; all to deliver packages for the Christmas holiday. The truck never shuts down, the wheels almost never stop rolling and when they do, the stops are always brief. All this, and we don't even get to wear those fetching brown uniforms.

I have heard enough talk radio for the last three weeks to last me all of next year. As a result, I hate most of the show hosts except for Thom Hartmann (brilliant man) and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. Of couuuurrrrse. (if you listen to his show, you know how the "of course" sounds)

I have eaten more fast food in the last three weeks then I care to think about (or admit) since we had no time to stop for any delicious Italian or even a juicy little steak.

I did have several latte opportunities, but none of them came with enough time to comb through stacks of magazines, which is usually how I like to enjoy my steamy beverage.

The one thing I can't complain about is the weather. It was icily cold, with snow and an occasional patch of ice. Now typically I don't love driving on ice or in freezing rain, but bring on the snow and the COLD. The cold was THE. BEST. PART. of the entire run. We hit many areas, but Oregon, Northern California, Chicago, Philly, Virginia and northern New Mexico provided the best cold and the most snow sightings. I despise the southwest, but in the northern part of those states this time of year, it's cold, so I like it.

We are now ready to take a few days off and rest. All my shopping was done before we left and I wrapped all my gifts, so all I have to do is go home tonight, wake up tomorrow and haul everything to my brother's house for the festive opening of presents and my sister-in-law's ROCKIN' lasagna. For a white girl, she knows how to wield a mean lasagna and I can't wait to sink my teeth into a piece (or two)! I'm already starving.

My nephews will hopefully be thrilled with the unique gifts Eddie and I got this year, some of them from as far away as Newfoundland! If they're not happy with my purchases, next year they get coal from West Virginia.

It's late, it's Christmas Eve and if I hurry, I think I can make it home before Santa gets there.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!


Paul Daniel Ash said...

Now, when you say you "hit man areas," is this something that Eddie can recover from, or...

Merry Christmas to you both from snowy, rainy Boston.

The Daily Rant said...

Paul, you crack me up. I'm so tired I didn't proof it very well. I'm like, hit man??? What the hell is he talking about??

It's supposed to be "hit many" - I will change it. Thanks.

And Merry Christmas to you too!!

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Hope you're having those relaxing few days you so deserve...and on behalf of all those who had gifts traveling about the US, thanks for being Santa's elves yet again ;)

Anonymous said...

ha ha! Hope they all liked the gifts. (cuz I know WV has a lot of coal! lol)

Decorina said...

Merry merry to you and Ed, Serena. Enjoy some time for fun and relaxation because I know you will be back at it soon.

I used to make Osso Buco for Xmas, but haven't for awhile. The lasagna sounds great.

Angela said...

Hope your Holiday time off was as excellent as my own. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gil said...

Glad to hear that you are finally get a rest and are home for Christmas. Happy New Year and stay healthy!

Anonymous said...

ha ha Makes me laugh "for a white girl" as I know thats my tag with my Italian In-laws. and my lasagna is pretty rockin if I do say so myself!!