Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Getting Ready for the Big Life Change

This week we sent picture cards to friends, family, and acquaintances. This picture card is a formal announcement of the new 25,000-pound member of our family sitting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
While we’ve talked about our "big life change" plans with many over the past 5 years, we’ve largely kept it behind the scenes and many are unaware. (Even people to whom we mentioned it early on, have forgotten, or doubted us!)
We are eager to keep in touch with the people who have been a part of our lives as dirt dwellers: friends, distant relatives, family, neighbors, and passersby. Hopefully this blog will help us to do that, to some extent, no matter where we are in the world.
So, you've found our blog, book mark it! Come with us, virtually. Totally upending our lives and doing something that is contrary to all conventional wisdom (and totally insane from a financial best interests standpoint) ain't easy, but it is surely going to make for good tales. You will find them here.
Of course, before the craziness can begin, we have a lot to do over the next many months. It seems as though nearly every aspect of our lives is geared towards getting ready. Time is flying by. Over the past few of weeks: 
·         We met with and hired our real estate agent for next spring’s sale.
·         We had a consultation with a designer recommended by our agent. (Life lesson: do this before spending 10 years in a home, not months before you move.)
·         I am organizing and moving digital media (pictures, videos, documents) to online storage so that we can sell our desktop computer/monitor and buy a second laptop.
·         I am learning everything I can about our Yanmar 4JH-TE motor so that I know what spares to buy and bring. (Just purchased a $42 impeller!)
·         Windy is getting ready for her December trip to Puerto Vallarta to check on the boat and take a million more measurements and pictures.
·         We are both making lists and otherwise planning for the 3 consecutive days we will spend at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this week. (Most common question from sailing neophytes: “Why are you going to the boat show if you already bought a boat?”)
·         I am prioritizing all of my house-prep work to those things that need to be done before we paint, so that we can paint sooner and enjoy the new paint for longer.
·         I installed new struts and springs on the back of the car last week, in preparation for the trailer and extra load we will carry on our big road trip to the boat after the house sells (will do the front soon).
·         Windy is digitizing all of our contacts (she is eager to toss the well-worn physical address book, we compromised that she will keep it in a drawer for 3 months to see how her new system works out).
·         Windy is sorting through the dozens hundreds of kid books to eliminate what is no longer age-appropriate.
·         I bought several heavy-duty, watertight, ice-chest-sized plastic containers into which we are beginning to put those things that will be going to the boat, and that we will not need until we get on the boat (boat show purchases, spare parts, winter clothes after winter, etc).
·         We sold our massive computer armoire and put in place a small corner table for the office.
·         Windy is working on a categorized, master list of things to do and buy (A=essentials, B=important, C=future project).
·         I cleared out and re-seeded the front and back lawns last week so that when the house is on the market in the spring, it will have the nicest lawn for miles.
It feels good to be organizing and lightening our load, less stuff. But at the same time, we are in consumer mode too, generating a long list of purchases necessary to transition to the new life—this in spite of our joint resolve to not get caught up in the frenzy of marketing to boat owners that demands we spend every penny we have to ensure we bring the comforts of land life aboard and that we are insulated from every calamity, however unlikely.
Life changes this big require lots of getting ready. It's a process we've been involved in for the past 5 years, but which is now accelerating.


  1. I can't believe this is happening.......again!

    Congratulations on your family addition!!! I'll be honest with you (and I'm no sailor), but this boat looks just like the 27 footer you and Windy took off on many years ago!

    See you in a couple of weeks.

  2. Hey Mike and Windy,
    I am glad to hear you are doing it. We are in the same boat but ours is a class c motorhome. We are also planning a spring sale of the house and trying to sort thru "stuff". Isn't it amazing how much we gather over a few years. I still remember that lazy sail from chacala to p.v. just us three boats passing beers/guac and I think at one point even the crew. Anyway check us out at www.projectpragmatizo.blogspot
    Will check on you r progress and best of luck
    Greg, Danielle,Curren and Zane aka the Pods


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