So, I'm in the middle of my 2 week vacation and I figured I'd give an update. I left work at 4:30 on the 29th and went to my new apartment north of Detroit to do the move-in inspection and see what things are already damaged so I'm not charged for them, and was on the road by 6:15. I managed to make it to a rest area near Effingham, Illinois at 3:30 the next morning and napped for a few hours. Then I left the rest area before 7 and drove through St. Louis and the southern portion of Missouri, all of Arkansas, and most of Texas to arrive at my mom's house near San Antonio at 11:30 that night. It was a 1050 mile trip that day. So far on my trip I've been at Mom's house, her mom's assisted living/nursing home thingy in Seguin, my Dad's Mom's house in New Braunfels, my step-sister's house in San Antonio, my best friend's house in Uvalde, and my Dad's house in El Paso, which is where I am now. I'm halfway through my trip and it's been roughly 2600 miles and lots of activity between drives.
Everyone's happy to see me, but with the exception of my dad, everyone has things going on in their lives that makes me worry about them. Mom's company was bought out by another company a couple month's back and she was let go, so she's started collecting unemployment checks while looking for work and taking care of her mom and going through a divorce from my step-dad. My step-sister literally can't get work to save her life because her work history is terrible. My best friend might have cancer, and has a biopsy scheduled to confirm. In the mean time, she's mainly raising her 3 year old by herself because she's going through a divorce also. So it's been a good and bad trip in some ways.