Let’s Get It Started!
The Grammy nominated song by the Black Eyed Peas, “Let’s get it started,” has been stuck in my head for the last few days, causing me to occasionally and loudly break out singing the refrain (the only line I know). I think it has something to do with the fact that I’m about to embark on a 14 hour solo road trip from my house in Floyd, Virginia, to my mother’s house in Hull, Massachusetts. I’ll be driving our nearly new charcoal gray Toyota Tundra with the Palomino camper on the back.
Did I mention that I have a phobia of driving on interstates through cities and that over-passes, clover leafs, and multiple exits make me break out in a sweat? Just looking at road maps stirs up my adrenaline. I once had to drive on interstate 95 through New Jersey and New York to attend an unexpected funeral. I lost 5 years of my life that day. But not to worry. You should see how nervous I get before giving a poetry reading, and I usually do fine once I get started.
Here’s the current scene: I’ve been feeling some separation anxiety regarding leaving my blog and my garden. I’m sure that I’ll miss my husband, but I know that he can take care of himself. But on this morning, I’m in my element at my base of operation, blogging in my bathrobe with my chaotic stacks of books and paper right where I want them. All my addresses and files and office equipment are right at my fingertips. It’s a pretty serious scene, trying to get some work done before I go, until I have to stop to laugh out loud at myself. There are 4 cobalt blue mugs that have collected on my desk, and I literally have to pick each one up and lift it to my lips before finding the one that still has some tea in it. Boy, I’m going to miss this place.
My computer access may be erratic for the next few days. I’ll report back once I get settled.
Post Note: Loose Leaf is featured on the front page of the online Roanoke Times this week for yesterday’s post “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” You can click www.roanoke.com and scroll down near the end of the page to view it.