Weeping Muscles

Nothing nerdy happening here today, folks. Just unspeakably difficult work. Batman is still without use of his arm, so to distract him, I sent him to watch Jack ride roller coasters. Mom came out to be my ground support, and I spent 3.5 hours on the RV roof in 95 degree heat. At only 67%, Missouri’s humidity did not reach full Floridian suffocation levels. However, it was sufficient to induce heat exhaustion, also muscle exhaustion, sunlight overload, white (paint) line fever, and severe hat hair. Of all the impossible things I’ve done, this was the “impossible-est.” Nevertheless, I persisted. 

After. Sorry that it’s blurry. I took it from the top of the ladder as I was descending. Also I was crying, but gross crying without any liquid discharge because I was so dehydrated.


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Roof Project

I spent yesterday getting the roof cleaned and prepped. Today my kind nephew agreed to help me apply the first coat of sealant. He is a wizard with the paint roller! Batman remains sidelined from surgery, though he has climbed a rung or six on the ladder when he thought I wasn’t looking. (Seriously, don’t encourage him!)

I’m using Henry’s Tropi-Cool sealant, a thick, white, silicone paint made to hold up to Florida UV rays. So far, their product support line has been very helpful answering each and every one of my dozen or so questions. 

We also managed to squeeze in our family tradition of girls’ pedicures and lunch!


A flock of Canada geese wheeling over the campground.

Jack had to noel out all my tools.

Girl time!

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A Break from Driving, Not Necessarily a Break

380 miles, ending with dinner at my mom’s. She made my favorite dessert, German chocolate cake. Batman did all the driving today, knowing that the next few days will be a struggle for me as I try to do everything on my list. Stay tuned. 

Batman driving with a pillow to support his recently repaired elbow.

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5 states and 603 miles today! That exclamation point is such a poseur. There’s just not a proper punctuation for, “It was a long, uneventful day and we worked hard to get to the end of it.” I’m leaning towards the underscore. 603 miles today _ 53 hours of clerical work this week _ I was pleasant at work today _

Sunrise at our campsite

I don’t love every moment, but I do love driving this thing.

Family selfie waiting for the sunrise. Morning hair, don’t care. And yes, we were still in our pajamas.

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Day One Done

457 miles today! Batman’s elbow brace gave him no difficulty driving.  The USB loves the new batteries and tow wiring. 

Upon arrival at our campsite, Batman’s cousin and her adorable family joined us for s’mores. A marshmallow-related incident distracted me from getting a photographic record of their s’more appreciation. They even brought a light show in the form of a beachfront thunderstorm. Pretty impressive planning for a family recovering from their first day of school!

Yes, we ordered a pizza delivered to the waiting area.

Just another cute dog waiting for his RV. His name is Max. He smells nice.

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And We’re Off, sort of

A couple of electrical problems have us making a short (I hope) stop at Alliance

So to entertain you while we wait, here is Batman’s Eclipse Playlist:

I’ve had a few requests for my Eclipse Playlist, so here it is…

Ain’t No Sunshine, by Bill Withers

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, by the Fifth Dimension

Back in Black, by AC/DC

Bad Mon Rising, by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Blinded By the Light, by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Blister in the Sun, by Violent Femmes

Blue Clear Sky, by George Strait

Blue Moon, by The Marcels

Blue Moon of Kentucky, by Patsy Cline

Can’t Fight the Moonlight, by LeAnn Rimes

Dancing in the Dark, by Bruce Springsteen

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, by Elton John

Eclipse, by Pink Floyd

The entire Dark Side of the Moon Album, by Pink Floyd

Fishin’ in the Dark, by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Fly Me to the Moon, by Frank Sinatra

A Hard Day’s Night, by The Beatles

Here Comes the Sun, by The Beatles

I Saw the Light, by Hank Williams

Kryptonite, by 3 Doors Down

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, by The Beatles

Moonshadow, by Cat Stevens

Mr. Blue Sky, by The Electric Light Orchestra

New Moon on Monday, by Duran Duran

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, by Reba McEntire

Night Time is the Right Time, by Ray Charles

Ring of Fire, by Johnny Cash

Shadow Dancing, by Andy Gibb

Shine On You Crazy Diamond, by Pink Floyd

Soak Up the Sun, by Sheryl Crow

The Sound of Silence, by Simon and Garfunkel

The Sun Will Shine On You, by The Electric Light Orchestra

Total Eclipse of the Heart, by Bonnie Tyler

Twilight Time, by The Platters

Walking on Sunshine, by Katrina & The Waves

Walking on the Sun, by Smash Mouth

You’re So Vain, by Carly Simon

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One Day More

Packing and scheduling are much more serious when you’re preparing for a celestial convergence (the name of my next band). It’s so different knowing we’ll only be gone for 15 days, instead of 3 months like last year.

One snag has emerged that we will have to deal with upon arrival in Kansas City. The last washing of the roof revealed that most of the protective top layer has worn away. We will be doing a roof re-seal project starting Thursday. 

This year we have parked the USB at a local RV park while we packed and prepped. This strategy has yielded two benefits:  ample opportunity to retrieve anything forgotten, and the ability to leave directly from the park, without having to park on our street packing for several hours. Plus I get to start my vacation 3 days early. That’s a small joke. FYI, cleaning an RV roof is not vacation. 

Batman had elbow surgery on the 28th. He can still drive, but no climbing!

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