3 Days of Driving

The moving truck, which C. said was out of alignment and didn't have cruise control. Packed tight with all of our belongings.
The moving truck, which C. said was out of alignment and didn’t have cruise control. Packed tight with all of our belongings.
I got a lot of double-takes when people saw me fueling this thing up alone. I guess I don't look like I would be the driver of this truck with a motorcycle in back... and I'm generally not.
I got a lot of double-takes when people saw me fueling this thing up alone. I guess I don’t look like I would be the driver of this truck with a motorcycle in back… and I’m generally not.

Day one got off to a dramatic start when our attempts to give the cats benadryl failed and we figured they’d be okay and just got on the road anyway. As soon as I hit the first stop light in Thibodaux I looked back to check on the cats and Kit Kat had her mouth agape, panting in panic. I called C. and told him I was making an emergency stop at the vet to get her kitty xanax, but there was no room for the moving truck with my car towed behind it in the vet parking lot, so C. just had to hit the highway while I dealt with the cats.It took an hour to get them in, weighed and medicated, an hour which involved my climbing into their carrier to carry them out because they wouldn’t budge and the carrier is huge. Once they were weighed, they went back in until the vet tech got them their calm-down pills, so I had to them try to administer them. I bought pill pockets, but they were not having it and eventually the vet tech took pity on me and forced them to take the medicine. I wondered how we were going to manage giving it to them on days 2 and 3, but luckily youtube has plenty of informative videos on how to “pill” your cat. The techniques we saw worked on Kit Kat, and Jolie is really calm in the car so when she fought us, we just let her ride without it unless there was a problem.

Luckily, the rest of the trip was uneventful… we drove about 400 miles each day, stopping for the night in Montgomery, AL and Charlotte, NC.

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The Welcome Center in SC since I couldn't manage a picture while driving for that one (I had a cat on my lap)
The Welcome Center in SC since I couldn’t manage a picture while driving for that one (I had a cat on my lap)

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We arrived at our apartment complex in Hampton, VA yesterday evening at 5 and spent 45 minutes signing and going over the lease. Then, exhausted as we were, we unpacked most of the car as well as the box spring, matress, TV and xbox. We don’t have the internet yet, so I went to Target to buy season 2 of Shameless on DVD and shower curtains. Living in a highly populated commercial area came in handy quickly when we ordered delivery chinese food for dinner. In Thibodaux we could only get Pizza delivered, but here we actually have choices for what to eat when we don’t want to leave the house and have no food to prepare. Score one for Hampton. Score two is the fact that I’m at Starbucks right now and it took about 15 seconds to drive here. It’s less than a mile down the road, which I think could be dangerous. More dangerous than that, though is Peninsula Town Center (a huge outdoor shopping center) being just another half mile down the road. I can’t even begin to describe how close we are to every kind of store, restaurant, bar, etc we could ever need. I’m psyched and I haven’t even been able to get over to the beach 7.5 miles away yet. We’ve only lived here for about 10 hours now, but I think I am going to really enjoy it.

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