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Published: September 27th 2015
OMG! After almost a year of planning we are days away (and counting) from setting off. You'd think twelve months would be time enough to make sure everything was in place but, you know, life .....
Despite all good intentions to keep key information in one handily available notebook, this brightly coloured, can't-miss-it, personal organiser has proved to be a master of disguise and is never anywhere to be found when needed, even when in plain view. I now find myself operating from various check lists, post-its, scrappy bits of paper and mid-night mental memoranda that I hope will still be lurking somewhere in my brain the following morning in full consciousness. I've learned to listen to that faint tinkling in the old grey matter, hoping it turns into a full-blown cacophony of alarm bell-ringing, reminding me to make a note in that helpful notebook that is once again nowhere in sight so I just make another 'to do' note-to-self on yet another random piece of paper. Ah well.
I'm finding myself becoming quite reflective on all the things I'll miss. I've found myself saying 'I won't be doing this again for another several months', 'I won't be seeing them again for a while', 'I won't be going there again any time soon' and I have to keep reminding myself that, while I will naturally miss family, friends and current activities, I will be doing lots of different things, meeting lots of different people and going to many exciting places. That's a wonderful thing and I can't wait.
In fairness, things are taking shape. Our house sitter arrives in less than two weeks so if it's not done soon we will have to manage without it, whatever the 'it' may be! One of the things I need to check is that I've got this blog doobry set up properly and that's the main reason for this somewhat bland entry! Hopefully, things will become more interesting when we hit the road next month. Watch this space!
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