As Sachi mentioned earlier, our full days in Seattle are almost up. Tomorrow morning we leave for Banff, Canada for a workshop and we return on December 8th, and then leave home for the trip (New York City) on the 11th. So, we have today, and next Friday and Saturday as "normal" days.
The question is, what can you do in 3 days to feel like you've taken advantage of what home has to offer? From talking to people, it's the small and seemingly insignificant things that you miss most. So, we're taking some time to have a normal Saturday morning. This involves getting up and making coffee eating breakfast, turning on the Dub-Reggae KEXP show "Positive Vibrations" and relaxing with the dog. Soon enough we'll get in gear and get to work, but for now, home feels really, really good.
Yes - the countdown says "9 days until we leave Seattle" right now, but 5 of them in the coming week will be in Canada.
I have finally cleaned out my desk at the office and it feels great. A weight is lifting that has been there so long I can't remember what it was like without it. Don't get me wrong - it wasn't a burden, but more a large set of responsibilities that was always in the back of my mind.
A career, at least in American culture, seems to partly define who you are or partially describe the perception others have of you. Without that career, there is a bit of a void for me. This may be a good opportunity for me to enjoy it.
As my colleague and friend Renee mentioned yesterday, after completing something that has been so time-consuming, the free time you thought you would have is quickly filled with smaller tasks and schedules. Before you know it, you have to wonder where it all went. Here's to enjoying more of our free time and having less of a self-imposed schedule each day. Thanks Renee!
Darren at Geeky Traveller turned us on a couple of interesting items regarding that damn jet lag. First an awesome quote by William Gibson from Pattern Recognition regarding the unavoidable pain of jet lag.
Her mortal soul is leagues behind her, being reeled in on some ghostly umbilical down the vanished wake of the plane that brought her here, hundreds of thousands of feet above the Atlantic. Souls can't move that quickly, and are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage.
Secondly, it appears that bright light and melatonin can reduce the effects of jet lag significantly.
Lastly, we've also heard good things about the anti-jetlag diet, which involves preparation for a trip using days of feasting and fasting.
So, for these last couple of weeks, I think the monetorium is slipping a bit. We used to be concerned with the question of whether to maximize and take advantage of home, eating, drinking and experiencing all we can, or minimizing and prepare for a different lifestyle.
I’d say we’re switching into a maximalist mode as things seem to have this use-it-or-lose it quality. We’re constrained of course, but much more likely to join friends for dinner, have a cocktail at our favorite places and take advantage of what home has to offer.
In some ways, with work mostly behind us, the trip has begun and is currently focused on experiencing the people and places of our home is
This just came in today and I'm pretty excited about filling it up with music and photos across devices. Here's to hoping it doesn't get lost!
Last night we marked a few more things off the to-do list and one of which was counting an old stash of spare change. It always amazes me how quickly miscellaneous coinage can build up over time.
Of course, we didn't waste money with Coinstar, those machines in grocery stores that count the money and take a %. It took us about 30 minutes to package all the coins in the little sleeves. Every little bit counts when you live the monetorium.
6 months ago, when looking forward to the weeks before the trip, I would have guessed that the excitement and anticipation would be overwhelming. My Mom wondered recently in an email if I’ve been losing sleep (which seems completely plausible at this point).
Here at the 2 week marker, we are incredibly excited, let there be no doubt. But, are we as excited as we would have guessed? No. Are we losing sleep? No. Are we at peace? Sort of. It's like the trip is something so different and life altering compared to what we've experienced previously that the normal excitement doesn't apply.
We’ve been talking about how it feels right now and the basic idea is that the trip is too big to be excited about in the way that we would look forward to a 2 week vacation. We’ve been planning and mentally preparing for so long that we’re in a kind of a “zone” where we are intently focused on finishing the long list of tasks that will finally enable us to leave our home with a clear conscience. I don’t think that we can allow ourselves the euphoric excitement that we expect until we’re done preparing, or perhaps the moment we step on the first plane and leave it all behind.
Until then we’ll just keep counting the days, tying the loose ends and awaiting the arrival of the biggest adventure of our lives so far. Then, I think you'll be reading about excitement.
We’ve been working hard to make connections in the countries and cities we plan to visit. One of major goals is to find locals and be able to learn from them about their home. Luckily our friends have generously provided contact information for people around the world. This is a good start.
Lately we’ve been excited about the opportunities to travel with the help of locals wherever we go. Thanks to the Internet, we have new opportunities to make connections with people around the globe who volunteer to meet us over a beer and welcome us to their city. I can’t think of a better introduction to a new place.
Along with this site and friends of friends, we’re starting to use a couple of web sites to make these connections. We’re good friends with the Robot Coop guys, who created 43 Things, 43 Places and 43 People. These sites have a global reach and offer some basic infrastructure for organizing local gatherings/meetups. The Robots are helping us find ways to use their sites to make these connections.
We’re just getting started, but we think we could be onto something. The Internet may offer us the ability to travel and learn about cities around the world in a more personal and localized way. We’ll be talking about this more soon I’m sure.
Tonight is a Wednesday night, but not just any Wednesday night, it’s the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. So, it’s like a Friday, but one on the verge of a 4 day weekend for most people in the
On a week like this, the weekend starts early. The normal cycle of the week where we work, work, work for 5 days and play for two suddenly changes. We do love our weekends and look forward to them with great anticipation. Two extra days- that’s a good reason to party.
Something’s missing now though. With the trip starting in just days, the work/play schedule is losing traction. What we call “school nights” are bleeding into weekends and the cause for weekly celebration is just not as exciting.
Of course, this is a pretty great problem to have, but one that feels strange nonetheless. I think we’re going to have to adjust to a new schedule and one that doesn’t recognize the work week. Wow, that does sound pretty damn good and we are very, very thankful.