You know how life sometimes takes turns that you aren’t expecting? They aren’t necessarily bad turn, just ones you weren’t expecting. That’s how our life has been the last six weeks. I started to post about it and then it just wasn’t saying what I wanted it to say, so I waited until everything was lined up and we were back on the road.
On April 11th we terminated the lease that we had with the company we had been running for. Long story short, we had a difference of opinion on who had control of our truck and so we decided to leave them and go out on our own. We had been working toward that, but this just made us jump a bit sooner than later. One of those things that wasn’t exactly unplanned, just came sooner than we had anticipated.
We spent the last six weeks at my sister’s, which we sort of call home, getting all of the paperwork lined up and all of the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed. Dealing with the government, be they federal or state, is a huge pain in the tuckus. Then, add in all of the brokerage companies that we were trying to get pre-registered with, and the paperwork became a chore of epic proportions. I spent a good part of every day on the computer, faxing, researching, and filing, and we still, even though we are back on the road, don’t have everything done. We haven’t registered with the state of New Jersey and paid our franchise fee, and we have decided that we will not go to New England anymore because it is just so cost prohibitive with the tolls and the exorbitant cost of fuel. It’s also cheaper when we register our vehicle if we dont go there.
I now have several rounds of paperwork to do every month that we used to rely on the company for: I now have to file the monthly and quarterly fuel tax reports; I have to make sure that DH’s logs are all correct and I have to find and book all of our loads in such a way that we are making money and not just breaking even. This will either make us or break us.
In the time that we were off, I was able to fly to St. Louis for the Loopy Ewe’s Spring Fling 2008. This was so much fun, and I got to meet some really incredible women (Hi Sarah, LaLa, Keri, Aimee, Janet, Pat, and too many to remember tonight as I type this) . My roommate (hi Sara) was a hoot and we actually hit it off really well. I think we talked well into the night every night we were there. I got to meet Allen of Numma Numma yarns, Stacy of Tempted Yarns, Sheri of the Loopy Ewe, Cookie of Cookie A Knitwear designs (I was fortunate enough to take a class from her on sock design) and Wendy of Wendy Knits fame (took a class from her too, and it was good). I was also fortunate to meet and hang out with Claudia the Wollmeise herself (along with every other person there…we just basked in her glory) and came away with a specially dyed skein of Wollmeise just for the spring fling. Isn’t it purty? Continue reading