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Another Installment of When Travel Man’s Away…..

This has been kind of a funky morning.  My theory is with a Road Warrior for a husband (aka Travel Man) nothing goes wrong around the house until he is away.  Travel Man is in Alabama working this weekend, and there’s a few household glitches I thought I would share with you all.

  • The patio screen door would not go back on the track.  After a new an improved latte in my coffee mug this one is fixed.  Just needed some caffeine to get past my frustration on this one.
  • The washer has a quirky problem.  We have a fancy new fangled front loading washer.  If certain someone’s do not clean out their pockets properly sometimes things get stuck in this little filter/trap on the front of the washer.  This was happening quite often so I got a lesson in how to fix it myself.  So of course today, I had to clean out the trap- yuck, smelly water, and now we’re back in business.  Who needs a washer warranty anyway.
  • And my last quirk was that the first latte I made myself this morning had no espresso dripped into it.  The filter folded over on itself, and the coffee never dribbled into the milk.  This one happened before the previous two.

At this moment, I am happy to report that I got my latte, got everything fixed and in shape, and now on with my family weekend.  Oh,  and in case you’re wondering, and even if you are not, a Road Warrior is someone who makes their living while traveling from place to place or customer to customer, or job to job.  On the road, in the air, not usually by bus or train unless they are in some remote location.  My Travel Man is a Field Service Technician, and travels to plants all over the USA for his work.  But the details there are a story for another day.  Hope you all enjoy your Friday.  Mine is much better now.  Toodles!

When Travel Man left today- Guess who appeared?

When Travel Man left today, for Northern California, we had a total Murphy’s moment. Now you all remember good ol Murph.  He appears when you least expect it and usually not with good news.  You all know the old adage, “If something can go wrong it will.”

Tom and I were walking out of the house through the garage to say our goodbyes, and right in front of our big freezer is this huge puddle of water!  Oh no!  And the water was all the way out on the driveway.  So I’m thinking oh no, the freezer died.  I open the freezer, and it’s still going strong,  lights on and the food is frozen.  This is good news.

Then,  I trace the trail of water all the back to the ….. washer!! Grrrrreat…..

There is a little stream of  water coming from the bottom of the door,  on the front of the washer while  it is closed.  Oh no!  My husband cringes because he must get on the road.  He has a six-hour drive ahead of him.  I can tell without even look at my Travel Man that he is thinking, I should be able to check this out.  One of the perils of being a road warrior.  But I know he needs to leave.  We decide to call for service, that’s my department, and put some out-of-order tape on the washer. (This will throw the twenty something’s off course a little.)

I got an appointment and the washer will get fixed on Saturday morning.  Isn’t it funny how when things breakdown around the house it is always at absolutely the wrong time.  And as a matter of fact is there ever a right time?  So, c’est la vie, life goes on and I have a legitimate excuse not to do ANY laundry for a few days!!  And besides my laundry was already done.  Lucky me.

How we stay connected……….

As most of you know my husband, aka Travel Man, is away from home quite a bit for his job.  He is usually on a plane going somewhere, or traveling home.

Is it hard for us to stay connected and feel close to one another you may ask, why of course it is.  But we try not to dwell on that fact.  We are fortunate in this electronics age that we have many tools we can use to stay connected, communicate frequently, and try not to feel disconnected with the miles between us.

Our favorite form of travel communication is being able to Skype with each other.  Skype is a great way to have a video phone call with your family members near and far.  We have even had the opportunity to have a “group” Skype call, thanks to my brother.  We got on a group Skype call for my Mom’s birthday, and sang to her.  She was left speechless.  I love to Skype with my grandson, even though he lives close by just to be able to chat with him via video.  it’s always fun.  We also Skype with distant relatives, and it’s such a great way to stay in touch. 

Travel Man likes to be able to Skype every night or every other night depending on which time zone he is in.  It’s  always great to be able to see him on Skype, and for him to be able to get a glimpse of home while he’s on the road.  For myself, once I’m able to see him I can tell how he’s really doing on the road.  All of you wives out there know what I mean.  If he’s looking really tired, and telling you things are fine you know he’s having a rough work week.  If any of the kids are home they take the opportunity to say hi to their “Tom Dad”, and chat with him for a few minutes.  That always helps Travel Man keep the connection with the kids, more than the kids realize.  (Until they read this blog post of course.)

And of course we utilize email and text messages.  I can Skype from my iPhone.  Travel Man can Skype from his Vizio tablet.  We are fairly well-connected, but I always like hearing his voice up close and personal on the phone.  The good, old fashioned, phone conversations sometime can be fewer and further between than usual or than we would like them to be.  But it’s always the best way for us to try to catch up with each other at the end of the day.  And I do have to say that all of the various forms of communication are wonderful for both of us, but nothing beats going to the airport to pick up Travel Man.  Then of course we come home for a great meal of homemade spaghetti.

If you have a road warrior in your life what’s your favorite way to stay connected?

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