Yooper Stewart & Sister Stewart Hit the Road

After a CRAZY summer of family and fun, I’m finally back at the computer with Yooper Stewart stories (technically just one for now, but more will come)! I apologize for the delay, but the photos are worth it, I promise. I actually have photos this time because YS took a passenger with him – this is the story of Yooper Stewart’s road trip with Sister Stewart.

One of the perks to Yooper Stewart’s job is that he can bring visitor’s with him, so earlier this year Sister Stewart took a few days off to see the world! Instead, they saw the freeway and some parts of the East Coast. It was an experience for both of them, sharing a 6′ x 6′ space. Thankfully they get along, so they enjoyed most of it.

YS took SS took through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, across the George Washington bridge, across Manhattan, under three skyscrapers, through the giant orange Hot Wheels loop and onto Long Island. From there, they went to Western Indiana (carrying pallets to be recycled). Then they picked up cardboard to drive back into Michigan.

The trip took five days, and YS had a blast. Lots of fun talking, he introduced his sister to the Waffle House, and – most importantly – someone else got to experience the sheer lunacy of how people drive around semi-trucks. Then there were the truly odd experiences – a deer walking past their truck on Long Island and a car parked along the freeway with people sitting outside it playing guitars.

Sister Stewart also had the chance to play with her “Ways” app – it’s a real-time traffic app. She got points for being the first person to spot and report different traffic issues, then got even more points when others commented on her reports. Apparently she collected lots of points, but – like “Whose Line is it Anyway?” – the points don’t seem to matter.

After that successful guest-trip, Yooper Stewart has decided that it’s not bad having someone he likes in the cab with him. That’s why I’m going with him next month! I’m sure the experience will be a little different than it was with his sister, but hopefully he’ll still enjoy it. As long as I don’t have to drive, I’m sure I’ll do just fine.

Keep scrolling to see even more photos from their trip!

Yooper Stewart Inspires Matt-less Shenanigans

There are pros and cons to being a trucker’s wife.

Pro: The house stays clean.
Con: Limited cuddling.

Pro: We have deeper, more meaningful conversations.
Con: We talk about what we’d like to do, but we don’t usually have the time to do it.

Pro: He gets paid better.
Con: I spend the extra money on comfort food to cope while he’s gone.

Overall it’s been a good experience – Yooper Stewart and I are both learning a lot about ourselves and our marriage. This past trip, however, has been hard on both of us, and we’re both counting down the days until he’s home again (though we actually don’t know when he’ll be home, so it’s a hypothetical counting). As I recently lamented my loneliness of Facebook, a friend said she wished she was closer so we could participate in Matt-less shenanigans (disclosure – Yooper Stewart’s real name is Matt).

Matt-less shenanigans.

I like it! Not the Matt-less part, the shenanigans part. I’ve been staying busy while he’s gone, but I’ve also discovered that I spend a lot of time on the couch killing time. Bleh. I realize this is Yooper Stewart’s blog, so I’ll be talking about these shenanigans on my blog (possibly my Facebook page), but since YS inspired them, I wanted to mention them.

I also used this opportunity to remind YS that I haven’t posted anything since February, partly because I’ve been busy and partly because he hasn’t sent me any more pictures (okay, mostly it’s my fault, but I can’t completely admit to that can I?).  That inspired him to send me a few pictures from his journeys. I hope that I’ll have more photos to share than of just his truck, but for now you can see what Yooper Stewart sees every day.

Except for this sign – he doesn’t see this sign every day, but it was worth the time to take a picture of it!

 

 

The New (and Improved?) Yooper Stewart

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Yooper Stewart finished his first solo week driving in his own truck. He drove to Connecticut through a winter storm, was woken up at 1 a.m. for a 5 a.m. delivery, and managed to drive 3,000 miles total.

The Saturday after his week ended, his company threw an employee party to celebrate people for their years of service and to recognize the company’s 45th anniversary. We decided to attend so YS and I could meet more of his co-workers. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to help him organize his truck (though he wasn’t sure that he wanted the help).

When I arrived, Yooper Stewart looked the same, but something had changed. I didn’t realize it yet, but after five weeks on the road (one by himself), YS had had a heart change. Miraculously he did two things he’s never done before.

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  1. He wanted to go to a party. That’s right – no more waiting until the last minute with me dragging him behind me as he tries to come up with a good reason why he should be able to skip another social function. I knew my bearded introvert would enjoy his alone time in the truck, but I didn’t realize that all that alone time would awaken his social side and lead him to seek out personal interactions. Not only did we arrive early, we were one of the last few people to leave.
  2. He let me organize his things. I’m a natural organizer. Yooper Stewart is not. I’ve been begging him for years to let me help him organize his office, but he’s never let me. After a tiring week on the road in a cramped, disorganized truck, however, he was willing to let me try. And he liked the results. (Maybe now he’ll let me into his office!)

0219171919_500x1000To celebrate his first successful week, he celebrated like any good redneck – with a medium-rare ribeye (thank you Mom and Aunt Linda for the gift card!).

With his first week behind him, he’s feeling more confident and relaxed. He’s ready to take on his first month, his first summer, his first year. (And I’m ready to take on his office…)