The countdown has begun.

We are now just days away from moving into the Airstream full time and we are no where from being ready. We took 2 truck loads of boxes and miscellaneous stuff to storage but our house still pretty much looks like this:

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There is something humbling about life that you never quite get use to. Regardless how hectic things might be for you, everything else just moves on. There are no time-outs to be called and there are no do-overs. We have a giant list of to-dos to accomplish before pulling anchor and pushing away from the docks. It seems the second you check a couple of them off, a few more magically appear.

We just came home from a weekend in San Diego for a wedding where Marlene was the Matron of Honor and Ava was the Flower Girl. It was a great weekend but definitely one that we are glad is behind us. This has been months in the making for her, the bride and many others in the wedding party. And now she doesn’t have to stress about planning a shower or making a speech, we can both focus on the list.

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Right now, we are mainly dealing with the closing of both escrows on the old and new house. If we were just simply moving from one house to another, it would have made things a lot easier. But of course that is not the case for us. We are looking for extra space in relatives homes to store our stuff so we can skip the mini storage scene. We are trying to sort out and slim down our possessions so we can take exactly what we need with us on the trip while not keeping anything in storage that we don’t need when we come home. All the meanwhile, I have to find time to work so my clients don’t leave me when I will most need them to stick around. Like I said, no time-outs.

I am looking forward to when all of these things are finally done and I am once again quietly blogging from the Airstream in the middle of the night when all of the kids have gone to bed. That is when I will be able to take a deep breath and enjoy what is coming our way. I hope you are, too. Wish me luck.

over and out,
dan

 

5 Responses to The countdown has begun.

  1. nick gorski June 5, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    oh gosh – good luck! we had to get out of house fast (in a good way) in the middle of winter and are now back near the previous home base on a massive tying-down-loose-ends foray – including dumping mo’ storage stuff. . and our kids are outta the picture too, so it should be easy, but not by a long stretch!

    be of good cheer!

  2. Frank June 6, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    My wife and I are in the exact same boat. My retirement and Airstream adventure start in 24 days and we are trying to sort through STUFF. We have at least 4 piles. STUFF to take with us, the smallest pile. STUFF to put in the garage sale or to give to charity. STUFF to put in storage. And STUFF that we will need soon, like our winter clothes and ski clothes. With all this STUFF where is George Carlin when we need him?

  3. dan June 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    @Nick & @Frank – I am glad there are people like you to look to for support who are already on the other side of this mess!

  4. nick gorski June 7, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    when we’re on the road in a more westerly direction – will contact you directly. . . ! best of luck as you & your family hurl through the portal!

  5. tiffany of camp1899 June 7, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    sending you lots of good moving, packing, starting over mojo (;
    we bought a cargo trailer to store our stuff in while we traveled and it was the best decision ever, it was easy to park (at a friend or family members or storage on a parked cargo trailer is super cheap) and when we unloaded it, it sold that day, and we got all of our money we had paid for it back minus $200. wish the best of luck moving forward, so very very excited for y’all!! xo, t.

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