Looking Monday Square in the Eye

I used to dread Mondays. They signaled the end of the weekend and the start of another grueling work week. Now that I’m retired, Monday is just another day. Usually. Sparky has decided that we must vacation. And by vacation he means a road trip to see places that are on his bucket list and to get some geocaches. His one big destination is Mount Rushmore. I’m thinking that Gilby, ND would be more fun since it is considered the “Disney” of geocaching. But I’m not as enthusiastic as I once was for a vacation. Partly because I’m not thrilled with the idea of the road trip itself – that is traveling for days in the car. You see Sparky and I are both frugal which is okay. I have no problem eating out of a cooler, bringing our own beverages and staying in cheap motels. But Sparky has gotten this bug about camping in the car… Ideally he’d like to have a van or small truck to modify into a camper. I am not on board. So I’m staring down Monday and giving Sparky the stink eye when he even starts to mention car camping…

Hot asphalt in the sun makes tires hum
Wanderlust sends us to the west or bust
Gasoline cost is rising and we’re lost
Highway stretches far, we sleep in the car
Rest stop night camp if we find the off ramp
Semi trucks whiz past, keep up we drive fast
Morning search for fuel and rain comes most cruel
Construction zones jolt and bounce all my bones
I want a bedroom with my own bathroom
I’ll make a deal for a home cooked meal
I’m losing my mind as the road unwinds
I have a sunburn red and a pounding head
I can’t take much more ‘cause my butt is sore
In anger my teeth set, are we there yet?

This is a Lannet. The Lannet was developed by Laura Lamarca as a sonnet form. Like all sonnets it consists of 14 lines with 10 syllables per line. Unlike the traditional sonnet, there is no stipulation for meter. But most importantly there are NO end rhymes allowed! Only internal rhymes are permitted. As I have mentioned, internal rhyme is not my favorite poetic device. In fact internal rhyming makes my teeth itch. However I also recognize that growth is only achieved if I push myself out of my comfort zone. Thus I did the internal rhymes. That said, I refuse to budge from my stance on van life – I’ll very happily travel if at the end of the day I have a soft bed with lots of fluffy pillows and a nice hot shower to loosen my stiff joints…

51 thoughts on “Looking Monday Square in the Eye

  1. Perfect poem with attitude. 😉
    I’m with you on this one. Sparky can go by himself, if he wants to sleep in the car. Good grief. There are options, but with the frugality…

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        1. There is a gnashing of teeth because the list of caches I want to get, you want to get and what and where he wants to go keep getting longer. There may be a bit of compromise. We’ll discuss on Memorial Day…

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  2. As I age, I grow less fond of the van life myself. I’m with you, but have a sympatico with Sparky’s idea of adventure. So I send him my sincere apologies (for siding with you) and my warm hug for his adventuring heart.

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    1. When we were young and childless, we camped in a tent as we made our way from IN to eastern PA. It was pretty awful when we encountered rain (and it seemed to rain every other day)! I got it out of my system early on…

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  3. This was the perfect poem to describe your discomfort about camping.
    I would love to have a husband who would travel with me though admittedly, car camping is a bit of a stretch…or not enough of a stretch. Here’s my advice: Splurge and buy something reasonably comfortable to camp in. You can alternate camping and motels as the need for a shower dictates. Or, send me your husband and I’ll send you mine for the summer. Mine will remodel your kitchen and I’ll explore North America with yours. Think about it!

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    1. Thanks for the generous offer! However I’ll have to pass – the kitchen and all the baths have already been remodeled. As for purchasing a “comfortable” camper, I’m not convinced that one exists that would be small enough to suit our budget!

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    2. You can send me your husband for a while. I don’t have a husband to trade, but I have a dog, which is better until the kitchen needs remodeling or a lightbulb needs to be changed.

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      1. Hehe! You know Sparky would change a lightbulb in a heart beat. Remodeling the kitchen might be pushing it – might need professional help for that (or someone handier than Sparky)… Too bad Oreo is not a big outdoor, rugged terrain kind of dog.

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      2. Hehe! You know Sparky would change a lightbulb in a heart beat. Remodeling the kitchen might be pushing it – might need professional help for that (or someone handier than Sparky)… Too bad Oreo is not a big outdoor, rugged terrain kind of dog.

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  4. Mt. Rushmore is just kind of weird. The good stuff in South Dakota is the Cave of the Winds, the Black Hills themselves, Deadwood, Hot Springs (hope the huge pool is still open). The Black Hills of South Dakota are really wonderful and Badlands National Mnmt (park?) is right there, too. Nearby, in Wyoming, is Devil’s Tower. The storms can be awful, but also very very interesting. Enormous herds of bison.

    There is also some very interesting Native American stuff — among the most interesting, IMO. Fort Robinson in Nebraska, right across the border, where Crazy Horse died. Just north of that, in SD, the Pine Ridge Reservation and the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

    Once the Good X and I rented a motorhome. That was a nice way to go. Then we bought a small, old, well-restored travel trailer. That was the best, but, no bathroom. Now I would want one.

    Interesting poetic form, too.

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    1. Yes Martha! We had toured through that part of the country several years ago and managed to see lots of the area but by-passed Mt. Rushmore to take a more northerly rout on our way to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Garden of the Gods and other National Parks and monuments… Sparky wants to specifically see Mt. Rushmore but I want to see Gilby, ND instead – we will probably go to both places and do the power trail in Grand Forks and then the geocaches in Gilby before heading south. I think on the way back we will probably head to Wounded Knee. The exact route is still in flux.

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  5. I love camping. But we have a camper with a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. The truck has a fridge and bed and I have made a kitchen work. I would not want to sleep in a pick-up topper or vans like a lot of people do.

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  6. Thank you for introducing us with this new poetry form Val..
    And yes, like you i am not a fan of camping and outdoot sleepovers..my idea of vacation is yes, like you, soft bed at the end of the day😊😊😊

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  7. Great one. Thanks. When we were first married I had what we called “the black box” and on a Friday we would throw the box into the back of the car and take off…. Yes we went through the camper stage and with two kids still enjoyed it. But once we got Los Perdidos, which has hookups and a bath down by the creek, we would just say, sets put up a tent down on our own park and camp out a couple of days. I must confess that each year Shirley would fly up to Pennsylvania to visit family but I mostly would come up with the excuse that I had to stay home to take care of the animals. Which at that time included several long horn cattle. Today I get the urge but not the lurch~!

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    1. I think with age comes wisdom! I’ve realized that a day of hiking (and even just bouncing in the car) requires a little physical pampering at my age. My husband keeps showing me things on the internet of van life – but so far none of the people in the photos are over 30!!

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    1. I see Mondays and Tuesdays as my “days of rest” where I don’t have many commitments and are days when I can do what I want!! Indeed the weekends are generally chock full of activities with all the friends and family still working a 9 to 5 grind!

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  8. I didn’t know you’d done all that work at the church before I asked you to organize my kitchen. I’m really glad it’s something you enjoy! I keep walking in circles in my kitchen, starting for where things used to be, then turning in a complete circle until I remember where they are now.

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    1. Give it time and soon you’ll remember the new layout… in the meantime think of it as “getting in your steps”! We didn’t drastically move things. If you want we can work on the lower cabinets some day soon…

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  9. I’m with you. Camping with a trailer is something we want to do eventually. My spouse wants to just drive on Route 66 and stop whenever we want. This way we can have our critters with us and not have to worry about them. I could not sleep without air conditioning where it’s hot, nevermind trying to sleep in one of the car seats.

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      1. I’m woried about geting a camper with a bathroom because I don’t have faith it will get cleaned properly and I already said there’s no way I’m being responsible for that. I gues we will see when it happens.

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  10. I am still working online part time now through the summer, so not retired yet. Maybe in 3 years. Mike and I like the idea of a camper and traveling but traveling in this heat for this summer would be not good. We may help a friend with a bucket list trip to Key Largo in July. He has offered to pay our way for driving. It sounds nice but also tiring. We have already been there once. I think I am enjoying a slow summer after a busy year.

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    1. Sparky has said on many occasions that if we travel in the summer it will be north not south. Still it gets pretty toasty up north too. Sometimes the car AC just can’t keep up and then we just wilt. I would think the trip would be more pleasant in the fall!

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  11. As one of the hounds of wanderlust, let me say this: Sleeping in the car is my idea of nothing. I’ve done it, at highway rest stops (when it was allowed, before COVID) and shaving/sponge-bathing, in a public restroom, only got me the stink eye from the good men of Ohio or Iowa. I can sleep in a tent, but that may also be YOUR idea of nothing. You could strike a deal-his Mount Rushmore for your Gilby. They are, however, 9 hours apart.

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