The computers are organized, IPhones programmed, synced, apped, and we know how to operate them, more or less. We’ve bought, tried on, returned and made final decisions about our clothes, shoes and travel accessories. We’ve had inoculations for every imaginable disease (painful and expensive), had fresh haircuts, color, manicures, pedicures, teeth cleaning and medical exams. We’ve seen our attorney to update the trust and the living wills. Tim has made plane and hotel reservations, insurance arrangements, handled bill-paying and banking instructions, and crammed the remainder of our belongings into a 10 x 17 temperature controlled storage space in Atascadero, California.
Our friends and family have treated us to lunches, dinners, cocktails, phone calls, emails, gifts, cards and good wishes. Sparky’s new master sends us glowing reports of his progress and happy new life. The new owners of our house are ecstatic and settled.
IT’S TIME TO GO, ALREADY.
I am nearly hysterical with anticipation. Tim maintains a calm demeanor but I know in his Libra heart he’s anxious, too. We have made 10,000 small decisions, not an easy thing for two people whose mutual astrological sign involves scales and blind justice. To-do lists roll around in our brains at 4 AM, 4 PM and every hour in between. I have to remind myself that there ARE drugstores in Buenos Aires, I can cook in almost any situation if I have my good chef’s knife, it’s not a punishable offense to wear black shoes with Navy blue patterned pants, and that our very capable daughters can run their families and lives even if we aren’t in the country.
Here’s the schedule so far. We will post changes in it as they occur:
Wednesday June 15: Fly from LA to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to see daughter Amandah, her husband Jason and toddler Sean.
Tuesday June 21: Return to LA to Kaye Lewis’ house (bless her heart) to re-pack one more time.
Thursday June 23: Drive to: Las Vegas at the Luxor
Friday June 24: Flagstaff at the you-don’t-want-to-know.
Saturday June 25: Monument Valley.
Sunday June 26: Taos, New Mexico, vacation rental cottage.
Wednesday June 29: Amarillo, Texas, where I endured an undistinguished career at Amarillo High School in the 50’s. Another name-free hotel.
Thursday June 30: Oklahoma City, for a visit with our dear friend Fran Morris.
Sunday July 3: Dallas, Texas, where we’ll get to have dinner with my pals Ted and Margie Debosier.
Monday July 4: Austin, Texas, visiting daughter Alwyn, son-in-law Jeff and grandchildren Jackson and Faith.
Thursday July 7: Laredo, Texas at the BORDER!
Friday July 8 – September 30: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, various locales.
October 1 – 5: Austin, Texas with Alwyn and family.
October 6 – November
30: Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, vacation rental apartment.
December 1 – 27: Fly to Cambria, California, vacation rental house.
December 27 – January 2: Fly to Austin, Texas, imposing on Alwyn and family again.
• January 3 – February?: Drive to: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, various locales.
• March, April, May, June 2012: Travel by car back to Austin, then fly to California for a few weeks. Probably fly to Florida and go by cruise ship to Europe. Plans in the works.
• July 1 – August 31: Florence, Italy, renting an apartment from our dear friend Martha.
September 1 – 30: Trieste, Italy, housing to be decided.
• October 1 – 30: Turkey, housing to be decided.
• November 1 – 15: Southern Spain, housing to be decided.
• November 15 – ?: Cruising to U.S., on some big old ship.
• December 1 – 27: Cambria California, vacation rental house.
• December 27 – January 2 – Austin, Texas, if they’ll still have us.
2013 TO BE ANNOUNCED
Today we are actually folding clothes and putting them into suitcases to be weighed, deciding what else will fit in the overloaded storage space and guilt-squeezing daughter Robin into jamming more stuff into her garage.So there you have it. I can’t imagine anyone has read this far, but at least you have some idea where we’ll be.We’ll be in touch as we move along. Thank you for your kind wishes. We will take you all with us as we launch into this thrilling (read challenging) adventure.