June 21st, 2021

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, pictures, Road Trip, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized

Where to go…

Happy Summer Solstice! Hard to believe that 2021 is nearly half over. The road beckons!

I really think it would be extremely interesting to be someplace where the Solstice has some significance, like Stonehenge. It would be so interesting to attend a Pagan celebration aty one of these places. I have now added that, along with Winter Solstice, to my list of life experiences I would like to have. Maybe next year will be the year to try that.

It was pretty warm here yesterday and I started today out in shorts, knowing that later it is going to be warmer than yesterday. It was pretty warm and I have no air conditioning. I am so glad it is not as bad as most of the rest of the country since I don’t do well in hot (or real humid) weather, but it is still way too hot for me. I like it around 60.

And, it lived up to the forecast. A high of 77 and that is just way too damn hot. But, it could be worse. Looks like the next few days will be cooer but starting Friday it will be getting warm again and be even hotter next week – into the low/mid-80s. I need to scoot outta here before that nonsense happens.

I have been looking at the trusty road atlas for new travel ideas but it is so hot everywhere I thought that I might as well just stay home for the time being. With the forecast, though, I just may need to go someplace; if it’s gonna be hot everywhere I might as well get some new scenery. I have been to most of Washington and the parts of Oregon that I want to go so I will probably have to wait until the heat calms down to make a longer trip. I really want to go hit the road with the trailer for two or three weeks but that won’t be happening yet. Gasoline here is around $4/gallon on average now so that doesn’t help. But, by now you know I am big on spur-of-the-moment adventures so you could be surprised along with me!

I cannot do any travel this week until I have my phone appointment on Wednesday morning. It was suggested that I go to cardiac rehab and I have no problem with doing so. The phone call is to talk about things and do an assessment to see if I need to do this fully or just work on a few areas since I have already changed my diet and lost a bunch of weight. I still feel great and actually have since a week after my surgery except for some chest pains when I sneezed (and has gotten better). I am really anxious to talk with them to see what needs done. Staying on top of my health is the main priority.

I went for Thai food for Father’s Day yesterday at my favorite bistro. I was in the mood for some more Spicy Basil Noodle with Chicken – my new Thai go-to dish. It was very busy in town for a Sunday afternoon and most weekends I have had to go to town it has been busy as well. Sometimes it has been slow getting my food there but I know it takes time. In Europe I was used to not getting fast service in. some places but got amazing food instead so I don’t mind the trade-off. This was a bit slower but when I got my bill the waitress took my main course off the tab to apologize. I was surprised, especially since I did not say anything about it. I did tip generously based on the whole bill with the entree.

I have heard that many restaurant workers have moved on and many places are short-staffed so I know it may take longer and that is fine. I do not eat out much anymore since I am on a restricted diet so it’s still a treat. In this area are many jobs but apparently no one wants to work. There are Help Wanted signs everywhere here and they cannot fill the positions. I think it would be interesting to work in a restaurant since I have really gotten into food, but I have worked in quite some so I don’t know how excited I would be about it. It would be interesting to learn what goes on behind the counter. I know it can get hectic.

Last night I watched a Simon Pegg/Rosamund Pike movie on Prime that I had watched originally a few months back. It is called Hector and the Search for Happiness. It is a pretty good movie and, for me, it was worth another view. Pegg is a psychiatrist and is married to Pike (tough gig there…). He decides he needs to find out the answer different people have to the question “What makes you happy?”. He travels all over and asks the question. It kind of makes you think about your own life a bit and ask yourself the same thing; I really enjoyed the movie and pondered a few things in my own life both times I watched it.

That’s all for today.

June 15th, 2021

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Road Trip, Scotty Hilander, Travel, Uncategorized


As you can see by the graphic above I am getting skinnier.

Just one more pound and I will hit my current weight-loss goal! Yep, I weighed myself this morning and I am down 39 pounds…so far! I say “current weight-loss goal” because that was my very ambitious starting-out plan. I would still like to drop ten more but I am quite happy with my results so far and I figured 40 was ambitious enough.

I have expanded my diet to include some different foods and I have really changed my eating habits quite drastically. It has been an adjustment after eating a certain way for many years, but between the diet changes and logging all of my food into the app it has really been helpful, made it easier, and I feel pretty successful with my efforts so far. I feel better, my health is better, and I still can have the occasional splurge. “Occasional” is the key word.

I will say that last week I was sick and tired of the routine of the last four months. I didn’t mind staying on my diet, but I was damn tired of the routine. Between having to walk after surgery because I was required to and staying home and not being able to do anything the last month I was fed up with it. All of it. I had to get over it and walk but the rains also did not help. Being able to go other places has really made a difference and got me back into what I need to be doing.

Saturday was one of those days. I went to my favorite local Thai bistro and ordered up the Basil Noodle with Chicken, a heat level of 2. The thing I like about the Thai bistros I have eaten at is the food is lighter – no thick, sugary, syrupy sauces; just amazing flavors without the goo. It tastes so much better and feels lighter on the stomach after you eat.

I got a call yesterday from the shop about my truck. I was kinda scared as the voicemail sounded a bit ominous. I called them back and the fuel lines are in pretty bad shape with corrosion. I believe it is the lines on top of the tank so there is no additional labor charge – just the price of the parts – so I got a little break. That means a few more days for the parts to get in so I am still driving the Soccermommobile. I don’t mind driving it though. I am still mobile!

With some gorgeous weather coming up I am really hoping to get the final organization on the trailer done in the next few days as I wait for my truck. I am not really sure where to go, or even if I can manage hooking the trailer up yet. I also need to think about potential mechanical issues – I still cannot do much heavy lifting, such as a flat tire, or using tools for fixing problems, such as the same flat tire. That means I may have to make other arrangements for lodging if I want to go someplace.

With that in mind, today I finally signed up for an account with Airbnb. I really enjoyed the Airbnb properties the girls reserved that we stayed at in Europe this last time. I know I am late to this party but it is affordable and easier to find locations in pretty much any neighborhood you want to stay in – like we were at in North Amsterdam and the city center of Dublin. I am really wanting to do something different than the same ol’ hotel chains these days and this will give me many more interesting options. I even saw one that is in an old crane for unloading ships!

I would rather take the trailer for the security of having my own place to be but it is nice to mix it up a bit. Given the rising gas prices it may be cheaper to do an Airbnb but I have not done the math. I hope the truck gets a little better gas mileage after this repair, especially pulling the trailer, so I will have to do some comparison.

That is today’s update. Stay safe!