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Christmas, Trucks and Easy Bake Ovens

We’re all hooked up and ready to rock and roll to yet another TSL at daybreak. Having almost, but not quite, conquered our HUAD (Hitching Up Anxiety Disorder) we decided to do all the hooking and unhooking today so we can hit the road before we get parked in tomorrow. That meant hauling around the furniture and pulling in all 4 slides.

We’re successfully hitched and the slides are back out but it certainly wasn’t worth dragging the furniture around again. I’m holding the computer – which is the first time my laptop has ever been on top of my lap – sitting in the recliner, which is perfectly upright, wedged between the table and the sofa.

The satellite and sewer and water hose are all packed away. Only the electrical line remains as a tentative umbilical cord, tying us to the nurse wagon until morning.

Getting ready a day ahead did give us a smaller audience of onlookers than usual. It’s a little like a being an old-fashioned carnival side-show attraction. Whenever we get ready to hook up, crowds gather. Step right up folks! You have to see it to believe it! Two Women, One Truck!

People (men mainly) are amazed that a woman can back up a dually. Seriously, it’s just like driving forward, except in reverse. They’re stunned that two women, with no help from a fellow, can hook up and haul a 40 ft 5th Wheel.

I feel like that little girl who started a petition for a gender neutral Easy Bake Ovens. I think that just meant an EBO that wasn’t pink since boys aren’t supposed to like pink. If you’re a boy and you like pink, you might grow up to be a man who likes pink. And everyone knows that if you’re a man who likes pink, you’ll have to become a professional football player or join the WWF to prove your manliness.

Most folks down here in Texas know that boys can cook. They just don’t all know that girls can drive trucks. Anyway, as my fellow TSAs know, we never know until we arrive at our secret assignment whether or not we’ll have any internet or phone service. Since I may be out of range after tonight, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

If you’re a frequent flyer here, you know I’m crazy about The Piano Guys. I recently posted Steven’s cheery cello rendition of Carol of the Bells. I thought it might be fun to include the piano guy (Jon) this time. 😀

I liked the Christmas message they posted with their video. It seems to fit with my readers, too, so I’m including it here:.

We love the Holiday Season. Why? It’s a great excuse to be extra nice to each other. =) … And we love Christmas music, lights, presents, and the excitement of our sleepless children anticipating the advent of Christmas day. We know there are many out there who do not celebrate Christmas or believe in what it may represent. This song is not meant to exclude anyone. We hope this song is an opportunity to reflect on everything we are blessed with in life — family, a beautiful earth, a place to rest our head, the warmth of the sun. The lyrics of this piece speak of being “ransomed” from captivity. In general terms, at some point or another in our lives we find ourselves at the receiving end of a “ransom” — a rescue by someone or something — even as simple as a note from a friend, a hug from a child, a much-needed vacation, or the unconditional affection of a loyal dog. That is what this song represents to us. People may define the “rescue” moments in life differently, but the meaning of the moments remain the same. To many, including us, the story of The Savior is the sweetest and most priceless “ransom” of all. To Him we dedicate this song.  ~The Piano Guys

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – traditional
Performed by
Steven Sharp Nelson: Cello
Jon Schmidt: Piano

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
[Refrain] Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace

Before my signal fades away, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

22 thoughts on “Christmas, Trucks and Easy Bake Ovens

  1. I’m going to save this message and watch this video. Deb, I want you to know how much I enjoy reading Fork, for the very reason you contend men don’t believe you can back up a truck–because you can. I think your job and your posts about your experiences are inspiring. You have to admit it is unusual for most folks (especially men, and lots of women) to think of a woman doing what you do, much less enjoying it. I look forward to reading more of your escapades of success in a mostly-men’s world.
    As for legalism, I applaud your stand. I used to be one of them, until I learned my true identity in Christ. Now I rail against legalism in every form. You and Chuck are right. Legalists are enemies of grace. Exact polar opposites. We need to pray for them and teach them, through our example, or the Truth of God, what their true identity really is.-

    • Hi Steven –
      Oh, so you read both blogs!
      There’s a place for legalism (for me, at least) but it’s very limited. I met my dieting goal by being legalistic – and honestly, even then it was a form of laziness: limited choices.
      But like you and Chuck, I run from it spiritually. It’s a grace-killer for sure! Always a treat to see you!

  2. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs . ..and they do it so extra extra well!! Thank you, sweet friend and God bless you in your new TSL. Love and prayers . .. and you girls rock in forward and reverse! 🙂

    • Hello Deb –
      We are literally rocking both directions right now!
      2013 is being ushered in by a thunderstorm (so funny to be living in a place where it’s 60 degrees and thunder-storming on New Year’s day!)
      I loved The Piano Guys version of this song – just beautiful!
      Tell Aub I applaud her worm rolling! 😀

  3. Too funny. Those Texas women have a lot to learn from the Midwest women.
    ( as well as the men ).

    You go girls!!!

    Merry Christmas to you both as well!

    Love ya

    • Hey Cath –
      We’ve done pretty well ever since we quit dropping the RV on the tailgate! Haven’t hit a palm tree in over a year! 😉
      Christmas was merry – so now it’s on to Happy New Year to you!

  4. You sure are one talented wordsmith! I just love your posts. Have a wonderful Christmas. Looking forward to more.

    • Hello Marie!
      How kind! I’m sorry for being so tardy in responding. We have a great location but every night the internet seems to set with the sun! Thank you for reading and thank you so much for talking to me! 😉

    • Hello Phoebe!
      Henry’s blushing. 😀
      We have a great TSL – but this is the first night I’ve had more than 10 minutes of internet.
      Happy, Happy New Year to you and Hannah and your Mom and Dad!

  5. Love ya Debbie – Merry Christmas to both you and Heidi. You have made my past year much brighter. Sure hope we have service after we both get moved!!

    • Jill –
      You and Mr A are such a gift in our lives! You’re the perfect TSAs and such wonderful friends!
      Merry Christmas!
      If we both lose our internet when we move, we’ll have to come up with caliche signals! (we’ll find a way to keep in touch no matter what!)

  6. Merry Christmas Debbie and Heidi. Moving on to a new location should give you quite time for a couple of days. I have watched you back on to a site with no problem at all. I do wonder why more woman don’t truck drive.
    Hope the next site is a good one for you.

    • Merry Christmas, Linley!
      Oh yes, I’d forgotten – you are a witness to Heidi’s fine backing up skills (in spite of my rather weak directions).
      After we get moved today we have the rest of the day (and night) off. But I’m old, so since I’ve worked all night just now and will have to work again Monday night, I’ll have to sleep this afternoon and stay up tonight anyway. My body just can’t recycle itself in a day. 😉
      I don’t think the derrick will be up until Christmas Eve so I’m guessing Christmas Day will be pretty quiet. Of course I’m often wrong! 😀

    • Hey there Susan – I haven’t thought of TSO for a long time.
      Here’s their version of Beethoven’s 5th and Carol of the Bells – which doesn’t sound much like The Piano Guys but it is interesting 😀

      Merry Christmas!

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