Yesterday was a long day. 450 plus miles logged. Three college campuses. Two metropolitan cities. Twelve hours. A tank and a half of gas.
Because college is starting!
I don’t know why I am so excited about that, maybe it’s my mental masochistic side. Maybe it’s the fact that I am actually going to be starting my bachelor’s degree program (English, just and FYI), or the fact that I am going to an actual university (which include university level fee’s…ugh). Or maybe it’s because I’m a junior in college (at 44 years old… Again, ugh).
But this semester required a road trip in order to secure my books. Ok, required is not entirely true, I could have had them sent to me, but where is the fun in that? However, m wife did have to go to her school because of the nature of her program, so why not? Right? It’s not like her college and my university (yeah, that’s a difference I am going to make) are that far apart.
Oh, wait… They are.
Her’s is in Tampa (yeah, Dan if you are reading this, I was over in your neck of the woods yesterday) and mine is in Orlando. Just a mere 2 hours apart… On I-4… Ugh. If you are wondering, Tampa is about three-and-a-had hours for where I live, so by the time we got to O-town, it was already 2:30. And yes, that means we left home at like… Way to freaking early for me to be awake.
My kids live in the Orlando area, so we got a chance to sit down to eat dinner with them before we made the two-and-a-half hour trip home.
All told, with coffee, books, coffee, gas, coffee, tolls, coffee, dinner, and coffee, the trip racked up around the $500 mark (which might also include an epic new shirt from the GameStop my son works at… which may or may not be (but it totally is) a Fallout shirt).
We pulled into our driveway around 7:30 that night, almost a full 12 hours after we left, and peeling myself out of the now molded-to-my-butt seat that had been my home for most of the day, I immediately went into the house to sit on the couch.
Because… Driving takes a lot out of you.