The past two weeks have found me a bit more emotional than usual. Between saying goodbye to so many friends and family, getting rid of all of our things, trying to tie up all the loose ends for our trip, finalizing the details of us being homeless, and the not sleeping... I feel pushed over the edge. I'm super excited about the journey we are starting today, but also sad to leave so many good people.Read More
The big *question* on everyone’s mind -- especially for those who know me -- is how am I going to live from one suitcase for the next year? Not only is it one suitcase, but it’s only 50 lbs. within our travel across the States (but I get an extra pound when flying overseas). That extra pound doesn’t help me because we are traveling west coast to east before heading out to Paris. Two days of rearranging, removing, and making some hard decisions and I finally got my suitcase ready to go.Read More
T-10 days and counting...
The time is almost upon us. A week from Sunday, we take the first step in our journey by leaving Arizona. It's been a lovely 18-year run, Copper State. It's not you, it's us. And we look forward to coming back to visit from time to time. We've made life-long lasting friends...Read More
I remember sleep. I've battled insomnia for the last few years. Welcome to mid-40s, I suppose. But it's easily treated with medication, caffeine avoidance, and a good routine at night.
Except that my body seems to have rejected that all out of hand, which obviously correlates to the rapidly-approaching abandonment of our hard-earned stability.Read More
I’ve had way too many clothes for way too long. I’m pretty sure I could clothe a small village in Cambodia and everyone would look fabulous! Growing up, I never felt I had the right attire for whatever the occasion presented. As I look in my closet, this is definitely not the issue now. If we had a last minute black tie event, I would be able to dress for it and look good. If we needed to attend a business casual dinner with the president of a company, I could quickly make it happen. I was even able to make a last minute
We're selling almost literally everything. But somethings can't be sold, and must be consumed. Take my liquor collection, for example. I can't very well go traipsing around Europe, South America, and parts unknown with a dozen bottles of hooch, now can I?Read More
We took advantage of a previously scheduled trip to Austin, TX, to establish residency in Texas. Why? In short, tax savings. We'll likely earn at least some income while we're away, mostly (perhaps all) from companies based in the states. We'll have to pay Federal income tax in 2015, but this switch from AZ to TX will lessen that financial burden.Read More