Day 3 Heading into Texas

THE HOTEL: So we left our Econolodge and let me tell you. My last time. The staff was great! However, there were no masks in sight. I recently had a negative COVID test and wanted to keep it that way. No thank you for being a choice privileges member Ma’am. They started off a little rocky because our room which was supposed to be a non-smoking queen had been smoked in the night before….pause. They gave me no offer to switch rooms. So I asked if I could have a double since my room was no longer available and I was told that they would offer me a double at only a $10 upgrade fee versus the $15 upgrade fee. (The website shows that the upgrade fee is only $10). LIES!!!! Then, I asked if they charged the gentleman who smoked and the staffer said yes and I said, if they charged him then I shouldn’t have to pay for the upgrade. (DUH!!!) He looked perplexed. Plus, my sister has asthma so there was no way we could take a smoking room. He must have seen the look on my face because he looked again and gave us a King-Sized bed upgrade. Once, we got our key and checked in, I realized that I forgot to ask for the wifi code. I tried to call the front desk. The phone did not work. I walked back to the front desk. He saw me coming. He gave me the code and reminded me to give him a good review because he upgraded me. Ummmm…No! There was also a smell that I can’t really explain. But it made my allergies kick up. Ugh! Needless to say, we were glad to leave this morning.

LUNCH – We decided we wanted to sit down and enjoy lunch. We saw an Applebee’s so we decided to stop. We had not eaten out since we took off. And we wanted to sit down. They were social distancing which was nice. However, one of the waitresses kept her facemask positioned below her nose. Not cool. I got the Chinese Chicken Salad with Shrimp instead of chicken. Now the shrimp was cooked to perfection. However, the salad dressing was cream-based and tasted like cole slaw dressing. The waitress swore that in her eleven years it had not changed. I have eaten a lot of Chinese chicken salads and have never had one that was cream based. Other than that, our waitress was nice and the tea was tasty!

FELLOWSHIP The best part about the trip is undoubtedly, the company. I am having the best time riding with my sister. We are planning our LESTER empire. We will be launching some really excited services soon! #StayTuned

We also discussed some childhood trauma and how it has impacted us in our adult life. This was cathartic. We will be sharing some of our stories in hopes that others might be able to join us in healing. #ItTakesAVillage

We both really enjoy helping others. We got this from our Maternal Grandmother, Ms. Della Cotton Craig. She was an amazing woman!

FUEL COSTS – Oh My Goodness!! In California, I am used to paying over $3.30 in gasoline costs. In Texas, the gasoline was less than $2 in many places. I saw it as low as $1.77 but I couldn’t change lanes fast enough safely.

Good night and more tomorrow!

Day 2 Cross Country Sister Trip

So day 2 began with an amazing discussion of the state of our country between a conservative and a progressive who have loved and respected each other since high school. Plus, a homemade veggie quiche! Delish! Then off to Arkansas we went.

Edit: My apologies for my crooked glasses and my ashy lips….lol!

The Econolodge was an adventure with no face masks in site. 🤦🏾‍♀️ More about the hotel in the video below.

My sister decided to add stevia to her pasta since we had no cheese. Who does that? Eeeeewwww!! And it’s late and I can’t sleep.