The rearview mirror

Things look very different when you are looking back. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that – so they say. I have a tendency to look back, and then kick my own ass for the stupid mistakes I made. Luckily this road trip wasn’t one of them.

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Object in the Rearview Mirror – Meatloaf (don’t judge)

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Road trip

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Rat rod on the road

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Rusty on purpose

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Revisiting the kevlar corset

At last, I figured out that it can actually happen; the kevlar corset that I’ve been dying to make. A tactical piece of lingerie for an uncertain world – with style points!

My sister teaches physics, and her students build rockets…the parachutes are wrapped in pieces of kevlar fabric so I got to see how it looks and feels. Surprising color saturation, super durable, and still easy to work with. It even smelled kinda interesting.

I am so grateful for my sister. Besides being a great scientist and teacher, no one else I know would ever have made a space shuttle stained glass window. She’s wicked cool like that, and totally inspiring.

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Down on the farm

It was hard to leave the farm today; my skillset is perfect there. From roofing to cake decorating to teaching, it’s all finally useful somewhere like that. My brother and his wife have a lovely farm, but it’s old and needs a lot of work. Since their daughter is young and they both work, it’s currently overwhelming, even with two full time farm assistants.

We all need to support farms like theirs, and appreciate the work they are doing; raising animals humanely, and making food that is organic, healthy, and delicious – like it should be. They have dinner club nights, and booths at local farmer’s markets. My sister-in-law is an epic cook, it’s unbelievably delicious when she pairs her formidable skills with impeccable ingredients; I learn a lot just watching while I do prep or clean up. I can cook basic stuff, but baking is really more my thing.

And I love the farm, everything about it, but given the option, I would still like to have more crops instead of animals. I’ve spent enough time mucking out stalls to know that it’s not my favorite thing, even though I can do it.

Now it’s back in the damn city, and starting a third job on Friday at the hospital. Hoping I don’t lose my mind after sitting in a windowless office in a chair for eight hours a day. Luckily it’s only part time and temporary for now, and tomorrow I am headed to the state fair to be a judge for the third year in a row, yay! And honestly, I am sending prayers out to my family who are struggling so hard right now. I love you all soooo much, and I wish I could help more. Damn the stupid green pieces of paper!!!

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Down On The Farm – Tim McGraw

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Racing stripes

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A hot one on the side of the road

Delicious, even though the color is a little much. Kinda fun though, and those wide slicks on the back promise something hard and fast. Probably like most men – a little too fast. Looks like a fun ride though; classic lines and a sexy little rumble to her engine. I’d bet she purrs when you get her up to the right speed.

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Slow Hand – Pointer Sisters

For sale

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I’ll follow that anywhere

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Love memorial

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I know, that picture is almost too sexy to post. They didn’t build very many of these Big Boys, and I didn’t stop at very many places on my trip, but I’m delighted that I got to see this one. It was pure, blissful, serendipitous luck. I love that.

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My Baby Thinks He’s A Train – Rosanne Cash
Fast Movin’ Train – Restless Heart

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Cheyenne love song

I kept expecting Indians to ride up over the ridge as I was driving. This whole area feels soaked in history, like every rock has a memory of everything that came before. Or maybe I’m just emotional because I haven’t really slept in days and I’m not sure I can now. I even had a beer and a long walk around Cheyenne, which I adore. Too bad the weather is so harsh here; houses are still  affordable.
Perhaps it’s just the song, and the lure of a smaller town. I love some things about the city, but I wish I didn’t have to live in one. It’s only because it’s where the jobs and resources are. Someday…

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Someday – Concrete Blonde
Beaches of Cheyenne – Garth Brooks, and this is the one- don’t say I didn’t warn you – and only listen to his version, it’s the best!
Cheyenne – Jason Derulo. Sorry, it’s horrible but on the radio a lot.

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Country songs in a minor key

What an amazing country we live in. Where else could a solo woman jump in a truck and safely drive 3,000 miles across such stunning landscapes? It’s just what I needed.

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It’s not the night

It’s a good thing I’m so hyper; there’s not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Even though I already took my drug test, for various reasons I haven’t started smoking weed again. I try to hide it or minimize it, but people can still tell that I’m more “up” than usual, especially at work.

Weed is a great mood stabilizer, but I don’t feel like being foggy right now, even though it’s rather uncomfortable and raw. After all these years of practice, I want to see if I can channel all that energy into only healthy and productive things. Oh lord though, Ritalin (Concerta actually) and weed do things for my brain – it’s like an organized file cabinet for my head. It’s not about being stoned, although I love the giggly parts. I feel intense.

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Spider – Sweet Thing
It’s Not The Night – The Cars

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Cargasm

Enough with the battles; today I took my camera and went to the old car store that I’ve been drooling over. They always have tons of beautiful old cars out front. I walked in, still in my sweaty gym gear, and just breathed in the wonderful smell of car parts. Then I smiled at the guys working there who were unabashedly staring at me, and asked sweetly if I could take pictures of the cars for my blog about cargasms. One shirtless dude laughed uproariously as they gave consent. Sweet!  Here’s the first:

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Clearly in need of some love

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Back Seat – New Boyz
I Close My Eyes – Shivaree

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