Hello everyone, I am back to give the “dog’s perspective”.
Two weeks ago, I noticed my parents packing up our stuff in the 5th wheel. I became very excited, and promptly did my part by sitting all day by the door, so they would not forget me. When they told me to “kennel up” I happily sprinted into the back seat of the truck, and settled down in my kennel, dreaming of warm and sunny Florida. They promised me we would be going there after Amazon. When they stopped and opened up my crate, I figured we were stopping at one of those doggie rest stops, where I get to pee everywhere.
And then I realized, we were in another campground. Hmmmm. I thought we were going South to Florida, but somehow ended up going North. To Indiana. In December?? Yikes!
Now my parents tell me they did this because of a big bonus that Amazon offered. I better be getting some new toys and treats out of that bonus. Especially since they did not consult me in this decision. And now they are working 11 hour days too? They leave when it is dark, and return after dark, so my play time has been very limited.
The only good part of this, is my new dog walker. She takes me for 30 minute walks every day in the park across the street! And she likes to jog, so I finally have someone to jog with. My mom said she will only run if her life depends on it.
My dog walker leaves a daily “report card” for my parents, so I have to be on my best behavior. The first thing they do when they get home, besides petting me, is read that note. Puts lots of pressure on me to behave, but I try my best!
I have been trying to make some new friends, on those rare days off that my parents have. Here is me with my new friend, Snowflake. Yes, she is a cat, but I find that cats don’t like to sniff my butt like dogs do. I am starting to not be afraid around her.
THE END IS IN SIGHT
My parents just finished up a 59 1/2 hour work week. Seems Amazon offered all their employees a $100.00 VISA gift card, for anyone volunteering to do that. They have been pretty exhausted at night. They told me today that next Saturday, December 20, will be their “release” day from Amazon. All the Camperforce will be heading out on Sunday….yay….off to Florida!!!!
But then they informed me they signed up for another 59 1/2 hour work week. Seems people are buying lots of slippers, socks, bathrobes, watches and jewelry, so they are very busy at their fulfillment center. And they need another big push this week, so they again offered $100.00 VISA gift cards to all employees that work the crazy amount of hours. My parents tell me the 1/2 day is a piece of cake, but since I am not allowed to eat cake, I have no idea what that means.
According to my math, with the $400 in gift cards plus extra overtime money, my parents should be able to buy a lot of treats and toys for me. After all these long days of staring out the window waiting for them, I am exhausted and deserve a reward!!
Quote for the day: “No matter what you are going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.” – Demi Lovato
Oh most definitely a light at the end of that tunnel! We are getting very excited to get outta here and head south. We may not see warmer temps until we hit California, but at least the end is near. One more 50 hour week for us. We only have to work until 11:45 on Saturday, but they’re paying us for the full day, sweet!
Plenty of extra cash now for Disney :-). Glad the move worked out for you two. Its been a strange season here at SDF1. Good topic for conversation when we meet in February!
Looking forward to Disney!! Safe travels to you both. Have a wonderful Christmas.
Seems like you have just left camp meyer and here it is the middle of december. I hope your next hours of work fly by as it seems time has this fall and wish you a very merry xmas and be sure to travel safely on your adventure to the south!
D. Meyer/ Babe Rock
We will return to Camp Meyer when it opens up in the Spring! If you can make it down to Florida, let us know!! Merry Christmas to you both!
I just found your blog over from the interview Technomadia did with you. Really enjoyed hearing your story and what made you take the leap in to this great journey. Hope to be out there on the road very soon as well. Life is too short!
Tina – thanks for following along on our journey, and we hope you can get yours started soon! Chris and Cherie at Technomadia are wonderful folks. We have no regrets in doing this before we “retired”. You meet so many wonderful people workcamping. Good luck!!
My goodness, what a darling dog and so smart. THat was quite an account on the computer. Those classes really helped. It was very amusing and a great way to get the info. of where and what you are doing. We are heading to Iowa in a few days if the weather is good. Happy New Year and may you have a very blessed Christmas. Love getting your updates. Margaret and Bill
Bill and Margaret – Merry Christmas to you both! Yes, we do have a smart dog. Safe travels to Iowa.
So glad to have found fellow cheeseheads who have already taken the full-time RV plunge! We currently live north of Milwaukee and have plans to head out on the road in 3 years when both kids are finally in college. We camp now and have pulled our camper out to Yellowstone/Custer area a few years back. Love it and cannot wait! Learning alot from your blog and other FT folks. Completely agree with the why wait until you are retired to travel the US!!!
Julie – Thanks for following along. 3 years will be here before you know it, so start making plans! Life is to short, just get out there and enjoy it to the fullest. Have a Merry Christmas, and Go Packers!
Love the quote! I had surgery on my spine Nov 21. Woke up paralyzed . Arms and legs are starting to work better every day. Right arm still doesn’t work so it’s good I’m left handed! Finally got to come home on dec 20th. Bless every “normal” day you have no matter what kind of day it is. You never know what God has planned for you. Take care of yourselves and each other. Happy Holidays! Miss you and call us when you get to town.
Cheryl – We will be keeping you and Dick in our prayers. We are always thankful for what we have, and feel very blessed that we can do this. We will be down in your area mid – February, and will give you a call. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Keep up the faith!