Epic Drive: Part Four–End of the Line

Day 4 Map

When my alarm clock went off at 6:30 this morning, I hit the snooze button.  It’s Saturday! My brain yelled,  And I am really tired!  Plus, I was dreaming something really interesting involving walking in the woods, and I wanted to experience more of that.

I kept hitting snooze.

Finally, around 7:30, I managed to pry my eyes open and make myself get out of bed.  By 9:15 I was in my car, having drunk some coffee and eaten a muffin while talking to my mother.

After a quick stop in Dexter to get fuel, I was on my way to the Canadian border.  Unfortunately, I hit some construction in Detroit, and had to take a detour to get to there. [Read more…]

Epic Drive: Part Three

Day 3 Map

Today’s drive was mercifully short.  My original plan for the day was to drive all the way from L’s place outside of Des Moines to another friend’s house in Dundas, Ontario.  But construction delays, combined with bone-deep weariness, the desire to see my Mom, and scheduling issues on the Dundas end meant that I “only” drove to Michigan. [Read more…]

Epic Drive: Part Two

Day 2 Map

Today started with a rude awakening. I was fitfully dreaming of hurtling down mountain roads, when I heard a strange sound outside my room.  I roused enough to realize what I was hearing: the sound of someone rustling my doormat.  My nerves came on full alert, and I could feel my heart pounding. Glancing at the clock on the bedside table, I saw that it was 5:45 AM.  “My fears were founded,”  I thought, “someone is looking for the keys![Read more…]

Epic Drive: Part One

Day 1 Map

Anyone who’s known me long knows that I love driving.  Back in college, I was a bus driver for the University of Michigan, and I’ve been known to drive up to Big Sur (or San Francisco!) for the day.  But even for me, today’s drive was a little excessive. [Read more…]

Layoffs: An Adventure Begins

Osho Zen Tarot Card - The 8 of Water (Letting Go)
I pulled this card just before going to work on Thursday. The Universe apparently has a sense of humor.


Last Thursday, I was laid off after working for the same company for six years, eight months and two days.  There was certainly a part of me that felt panicked, worried and sad.  I have friends there who I will no longer see frequently.  It’s been comfortable and “safe” there.  It was the first company I’d ever worked for as a “permanent” employee.  How could I not be feeling such things?  But there was another part of me that felt relieved and–dare I say it?–happy.  Maybe that makes me odd.  But it felt like a cycle in my life–a long and difficult cycle–had come to an end.  And I was glad to be done. [Read more…]