No less than 42 days ago was I on a job hunt as a fresh college graduate. Today, I pack up my suitcases once again for a full nine months on the road. Though I’ve been agonizing for days over how many pairs of jeans to bring and which shoes to leave behind, there’s one thing that I know I’ll never be short on: cheese. Over the next nine months I’ll be traveling city to city on the Loaf Love Tour. With many of my favorite meals consisting largely of Tillamook Cheese and bread (pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, and so much more!) I’m certainly not worried about a lack of food on the road. What’s really got me worried is how in the world I’m going to fit nine months worth of outfits into two suitcases. Since I sadly must leave behind my trusty four-legged friends, I’ll at least be bringing along my six-stringed pal, otherwise known as my guitar. Factoring this extra piece of luggage into the complicated equation of “how many things can I carry in one armload,” I’m now limited to just one big suitcase and one big backpack. Trust me! It’s harder than it sounds.
Packing anxiety aside, I can’t wait to get on the road. I’ve never been in a car for longer than six hours straight, and rumor has it our longest drive is a good 23 hours. In anticipation of becoming very restless very quickly, I’ve compiled a mental list of things to do (other than playing ‘the license plate game’ and ‘I spy’). The list includes knitting, which I haven’t done in years, reading—first on the list is Girl With the Dragon Tattoo—Mad Libs, to keep the car in good spirits, and sleeping, because maybe I’ll dream up more activities.
I’ve had a chance to meet the entire team and I couldn’t be more excited about the life-long friends that come as a bonus with this job. I’m sure you’ll be reading all about our adventures over the next 9 months so stay tuned because the only people that just might love Tillamook as much as I do are Coy, Drew, Jason, Noelle, Ashley and Susan!
As I’m getting ready to zip my suitcase closed—with no boots inside and only one pair of heels—my Loaf Love adventure finally starts to seem like a reality. If I was excited about landing the job a couple of weeks ago, now I’m really excited. Time to start getting my beloved Tillamook Cheese into the rest of the country’s mouths.
Until our next stop,