A night away.

During this whole ordeal with no job, etc, hubby received a scholarship to go to a class to get one of his certificates that will be necessary to help him find a job.  Ok, easier to help him find a job.  He can keep retaking the class until he passes the test that is necessary to receive the certificate.  It is a very hard test!  We had to go to another town during this whole time that my eyes were swollen so that he could take the class.  This is going to be about the journey we had during that day.

We had to leave out of the Orlando area around 7am to get him to his class on time.  He had to be there at 9am and traffic is usually bad.  We also had to take our doggie with us because it is a 2 day class (Saturday and Sunday) and we couldnt leave him by himself in the camper.  Our breaker flips too much and I didnt want him to be stuck in here with no air conditioner.  I am a Choice Rewards member where I earn points toward free hotel stays through Choice Hotels (Quality Inn, Clarion Inn, Clarion, etc).  I have done surveys online in the past that will give me points to Choice Rewards.  For this stay at the Clarion, I had enough points to earn a free night.

WE dropped hubby off at the office where this class was at and then son and I headed over to the area where the hotel is at.  I knew that it was just too early to check in, so we walked into the mall for a bit.  We had a few odd looks because I have a stroller that I  put our doggie in. lol  He has asthma and I hate for him to get an attack when we are out in public, so I push him around.

This is our stroller, but in gray.  He loves being in his stroller.

Since I had just been at the ER two days earlier with my eyes, we decided to head out to the van. I just needed to rest.  I packed us sandwiches to have for lunch so that we wouldnt need to pay for lunch.

After we ate, we went across the street and tried to check in. I knew it was a long shot since it was a little after noon, but I had to try.  My eyes were just hurting.  The very nice lady at the front desk was not able to check me in.  Son and I sat in the van.  Ok, I fell into a light sleep while he played video games.  I would have taken him to the pool, but it was raining.  I just felt it was safer to sit in one place and lock the doors.

It was about 230pm when I walked back into the lobby.  The lady told me that our room was still not ready.  I  had already told her about my allergies and that I needed to sleep when I was in there earlier.  She told me to hang out for a minute while she got her manager.  He was on the phone right next to her.  When he got off the phone, she brought me to him, and explained the situation.  He looked at me and could tell I was not feeling good.  He got on the phone with housekeeping and found that the rooms were available.  Wait – ROOMS?????  I only reserved one room.

He told me that I had reserved an executive room and it was not available when they blocked the rooms the night before.  So they put us into two rooms that connected.  OH MY GOSH!!!  I almost cried.  We had a separate room where we could shut the door so son could sleep.  I told him that I knew I had to put either a credit card or a cash deposit and that I would prefer to leave a cash deposit.  He told me to put my money away – deposit was not needed.  I have always had to leave a deposit at each choice hotel I have ever stayed at.  I told him that I had to bring our lil dog and I knew there was a $30 charge for him.  I told him that our dog was so little and so good that they would never know he was there.  So he made a bet with me – if housekeeping called and told him the next day that they detected a dog in the room, we would be charged the $30, but if not then we would not be charged.  I promised him, he would never know the dog was there.  Sure enough, there was no proof he was there, so we didnt have to pay that either.

Son and I walked into the first room (on first floor) and found a king bed and a huge accessible bathroom.  I unlocked the connecting door, left son and went and got our overnight bag.  I went into the second room and found another room just like the one son was in.  The bathroom was not accessible, but still HUGE!!  I opened up the connected doors and we were very happy with the space we had.  I would say that we had almost triple the amount of room that we normally have in the camper.  Son watched TV on the flat screen TV and I went into the other room and tried to rest.  We also had microwaves and tiny refrigerators.  When it was time, we left and went to get hubby.  We didnt tell him about the two rooms.

When I picked him up, he could tell I was miserable.  We headed to the hotel and decided to just rest.  We stopped by the grocery to buy drinks for the room and lunch for the next day.  We ended up ordering out since we didnt have to give a deposit.  We couldnt leave the dog in the room, so we couldnt go out to eat and I didnt feel like it.

The next morning, we quickly checked out and headed over to the place where hubby is taking class.  Son and I were allowed to go inside and use one of the conference rooms to sit in and be a little more comfy.  We had lunch with hubby and then son and I settled down in the conference room.  Son turned the light out to make it better and more soothing for my eyes.  I ended up laying my head on the table and falling asleep.  But at least we were inside in the air conditioning and safe. lol  Of course, our dog was in there with us. lol

During this time, son told me that he left his charger for his games at the hotel.  We called and they said they would look for it.  Before we headed home, we stopped back by the hotel and sure enough, the super nice manager was there with our charger. I have to say that this was one of our better stays.  The rooms were recently renovated.  The lobby was beautiful.  They also had free breakfast that consisted of scrambled eggs, toast, oatmeal, sausage, bacon, waffles, etc.  What was so nice is that usually you just go through, and you place what you want on your plate.  They actually had people serving us.  The breakfast was ok, not the best but not bad either. They were also doing renovations on the outside of the hotel.  I wish we could have gone to the pool.  This is definitely a hotel that I would consider staying at again!!

Well, thats all for today.  I dont know when they are going to schedule his test for his certifications, but hopefully SOON.  lol  Hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading.

The Perpetual Campers


Another issue

So, another issue we had during all this sickness is that we were unable to get on the internet.  Well, I was able to use my phone and get onto FB, but I was not able to log onto my blog or post pictures through here.

I have stated it before.  Centurylink – our internet provider – absolutely SUCKS!  We are not able to get fiber optic lines where we are.  We are connected through a phone line that comes from a little box and straight into our camper.  I feel like we are living in the early 90s!!  It takes so long to do anything on the internet most days.  I thought we were just having issues with our internet and would not be able to get on these last few weeks or so.

Partly, I didnt care either since we were so sick.  I spent more time being ill and caring for the ill than I wanted to be online.  Now that we are coming out of our “sick” fog, we started to investigate a little more.  On Saturday, while I was making dinner, hubby called centurylink to find out what the heck was going on with our service.  After unplugging and replugging the modem, etc, they told us they could not detect anything wrong with our service.  I do not remember if it was my idea or hubbys (we will just say it was his for arguments sake), but he went outside with the phone still attached to him to see if there was something going on outside.  You know, like maybe the cord became loose or came out of the little box.

A few minutes later he came back in, giggling, and said, “I found the problem!”  Ok, so whats up?  Well, it looks as if the latch became undone and opened up the box. Either rain or lightning hit it and totally messed up our connection. The phone cord was all black where it attaches inside the box. UGH!!  Good ole Florida weather. lol  We had to schedule a time for a repair man to come fix it.

They were scheduled to come on Monday evening.  Surprise!!!  They came early.  Monday, by noon, I was back online and ready to go.  In this day and age – it just feels like I had lost an arm or something because I could not get online. lol  Anyway, here is a picture of what the box is like.


Hope you all are having a wonderful day.  Thanks for reading.

The Perpetual Campers


Its been a long time!

I am going to keep this pretty brief today.  It has been a rough go at it.  I had a virus, then son had one where we had to take him to the ER to have them give him meds for vomiting.  UGH!!  Then hubby got it.  Wouldnt you know, we all got it in stages – not at the same time.  It would have been easier if we would have all gotten it together. lol

Then the next phase came in.  Son got pink eye – in both eyes.  I nursed him to health and thought everything was A-OK.  I washed my hands all the times and took lysol and put all over this camper in ways of wipes and spray.  I really did try to sanitize the whole place.  Well, as soon as he was almost over it – I got it, or what I thought was pink eye.  I woke up one morning and both of my eyes were almost swollen shut. UGH.  Hubby took me to the ER.  Not only was my eyes almost shut, but my throat was killing me and my inner ears.  I told the doctor and he said that it was only allergies.  He prescribed eye drops and sent me home.  Within 3 days – I was not any better.  I went back to the doctor and he said that it was full pink-eye, but I also had a sinus infection and the reason why my ears and throat were hurting is because I had yellow fluid behind my ear drums. Thank God, I now have antibiotics.  My throat hurt so bad, I couldnt even swallow.

I am feeling much better, but now it appears that hubby has pink eye. It has been a very rough month.  I am ready for the germs to be out of our home.  By the way, he did not get the job he was after.  Since they were looking for a college student – we can only assume that they did not want someone of his age.  Its hard as an adult to get started in a second career. He is trying to find other avenues to work because what he is doing now is not paying the bills. They hoodwinked him into this sales job for a very low rate of pay plus commissions, but it extremely hard to make sales.  His whole training class has not done well and out of 30, there are maybe 10 people left.

Need to run, got to take son to the DR for a check-up.  Hope you all have a wonderful day. Thanks for reading.


The Perpetual Campers

Olympic style hurling

Howdy!!  I know it has been a while and I do apologize.  It has been a crazy few weeks for us.  Let me explain.

After we got back from filming that one weekend, I thought all was going well.  It all started with me.  Let me just preface this with – yes, I wash my hands.  Yes, I do everything I can to keep from being sick.  From what I understand – it takes 5-7 days just for a cold or any sickness to show up.  You already have the germ, it just doesn’t rear its ugly head right away.

I wrote my blog that Monday (I think it was a Monday) telling all about going to the audition, etc.  I got son through school and got hubby out the door for work.  I felt very lethargic.  I chalked it up to just being on the go so much lately and that I was really tired.  After hubby left, I moved from the dinette over to our chairs and stretched out.  I never felt dizzy or anything.  Just tired.  Hubby let me know he had got to work and clocked in.   Ok, great!  Thirty minutes or so passed by and then it hit me.  My stomach cramped and I thought I was about to explode.  I got into the bathroom and I didn’t know whether to sit or kneel.  “Dear Porcelain King – I honor you today!”  Sorry!  “Oh no!” I said to myself.  I immediately thought that I had a virus. UGH!

For the next two hours I was so sick.  Took my temp and I was at 101. Yup, I got it.  Finally my stomach settled down and I was just exhausted.  I texted hubby and let him know what was up.  My lil man was so sweet.  He constantly wanted to do things for me and kept saying, “Mommy, I am sorry you don’t feel good.”  Gosh darn I love him.  But I just wanted him far from me so that I wouldn’t get him sick. I was about 6 hours into this, and it all started again. UGH!  And I didn’t even eat or have anything to drink.  Hubby brought home  to me crackers, Gatorade, etc.

The next day I was better, but still not my usual self.  Actually, it took about 3 days for the sick feeling to completely leave.  Then it hit again.  But not me this time.  I tell ya, as a mom seeing your child violently ill, it just does something to you.  I cant fix it.  I cant make him better.  So I sat and did everything I could to make him more comfy.  He just broke my heart because he kept telling me how hungry he was and that his stomach was hurting.  Sorry baby, its because you are sick – not hungry.  I finally gave him a 2  crackers and 2 tablespoons of Gatorade.  Within 45 minutes, this was coming up.  His temp was at 100.  I texted hubby and he immediately came home.  It was super cold that night. I had son in pajama pants, a t-shirt and his hoodie with his socks and sneakers on.  We loaded up into the van and went to the ER.  I grabbed a small trashcan for the bathroom and gave it to son to have in the van – just in case!  It’s a good thing too.  As we pulled up at the ER, he was utilizing it. He couldn’t really move from the seat to walk in.  I burst into the ER and told the security I needed a wheelchair since my son was vomiting and couldn’t make it in.  Hubby parked the car while I got him all checked in.

He vomited at least 5 more times while there waiting.  There is something going around and there were at least 5 others in the waiting area vomiting.  If it were not so disgusting, it would have almost been comical. I can almost imagine a song being written to the hurls going on.  Hurl, hurl, hurl…… hurl, hurl, hurl….. hurling all the way.  They finally got him back and gave him drip and meds to stop the nausea.  They gave him two small popsicles and sent us on our way.  We stopped at the 24 hr Walmart (it was already around midnight) and got more Gatorade, etc before coming home. Son sat in the van while I ran in. As soon as we got home – he was vomiting again.  This is where I start to get agitated.  We called the ER and they told us that we should have gotten the meds filled for nausea that they prescribed him. Ummm, where is a pharmacy open at this time of night?  They gave us the info and hubby jumped into the van and took off.  Bless him. He is suck a good daddy and it showed when we were at the ER.  Most kids want their moms when sick.  Not our son.  One minute it was, “I want mommy now.”  Then a few minutes later, “I want daddy now.”  Hubby and I were playing musical chairs. Lol  Anyway, hubby got to the pharmacy and in the middle of them filling it  – the computer system shut down.  He was not happy and it was near 4am before he got home.

It was a few days, but son finally got over it and is back to normal.  I, however, and still tired.  I have taken Lysol to everything in here. More than once!  I have changed and washed our sheets and blankets.  I have tried to sanitize as much as possible.  Then just a few days ago – hubby told me (right before lunch at work) “I feel nauseous.”  OH NO!!!    Not again.  Yup, it got him too.  He had to stay at work, so I took crackers and nausea medicine to him.  He put his head down while at lunch and when he got back – it started.  Every symptom son and I had- he has had.  He was the last one to get it.  He is feeling much better now. But it has taken its toll on all of us.  He is still really tired too.

We have had other things going on too.  A few days ago, we had son go and have new headshots made.  I am very excited to see them.  We had a different photographer do them this time, at the suggestion of one of his agents.  We REALLY liked the one who did the first ones, but we hope that maybe son will get more calls from the new ones.

The other thing that we have had go on is that hubby finally has had an interview with a company that will use his degree.  We received the call when we were about to go down South to do sons filming.  The company called him on that Saturday that we were in Stuart and asked if he could push the interview back a few days since they were not able to find a hotel.  Yes, a hotel.  The company that he interviewed with is about an hour and a half from us.  But they wanted to make sure that he was on time and not stuck in traffic, etc.  So they put him in the Crowne Plaza in Melbourne, FL.  They are paying him mileage, tolls, parking at the hotel, and breakfast.  He has never had a company do that before.  He was done a little after lunch time and was on his way back home.  At least he was able to make it through the interview before he started to get the crud like we did.

Well, I have written a lot so I think I am going to scoot on out for the day.  I have a lot of blogs to catch up on too.  Don’t know if that will be today or tomorrow or the next, but I will be reading all of your blogs soon.  Have an awesome day everyone and thanks for reading.

The Perpetual Campers