Day 1: Leave California and fly to Iceland.
Holy cow! I thought we would have some stress leading up to departure – but the past two weeks exceeded my expectation by an order of magnitude. Here is a partial list of the major things we have been working for the past several weeks.
- Host a party for 130 neighbors, family, & friends
- Host a weekend get-together for college friends who missed the party (we love you all – and wouldn’t do anything differently)
- Store or dispose of all belongings – and begin sleeping on air mattresses
- Prepare the house for rent (fix, clean, document, etc)
- Set up banking and credit card arrangements for travel
- Cancel, transfer, change utilities and insurance
- Say goodbye to friends and family for 2 months (we were the people who just didn’t seem to leave after you said goodbye)
- Transition job responsibilities and quit gainful employment
- 9 injections & a typhoid vaccine (kicked our back sides)
- Little league championship (We came in 2nd, go Giants!)
- End of school and the play dates and sleep overs that go with the beginning of summer
- Confirm and print detailed logistics (flights, housing, transport) for 4 months of European travel
- Plan for a year of roadschool
Probably a few other things I can’t remember right now…. Of course all of this was self induced; so no whining!!!
The stress effect showed in different ways for each of us. Suzanne & I became exhausted – having a difficult time sleeping thru the night and becoming one of the walking dead by 3 PM every day. Maybe this will end up helping with the jet lag. (Looking for the silver lining here) We all became a little more sentimental. Alex video taped the entire house (and Grandma’s house) with her new phone so she can remember what home looks like. Patrick and I had a dust-up because I insisted that we use Amazon Ap Store rather than Google Play to download a game called “Plants vs. Zombies”. Gawd….
Anyway, thanks again to all the family and friends who supported us during this time. By last night we were pretty much exhausted, grumpy, and dangerous operating heavy equipment or a computer.
So, thank goodness we are now past the “launch weeks”. As I write this we are sitting on the plane, flying over snow covered mountains on our way to Iceland. We are beginning to feel (and act) human again. Suzanne & I ordered some sparkling wine to celebrate. Unfortunately Icelandic Air ran out of sparkling wine and everything but cold sandwiches and chocolate bars. Turns out that row 22 is the last row served on the plane, by which time all the good food is gone – something useful to know next time we are reserving seats. The kids also learned that one should go to the head (aka toilet) on an airplane before the flight attendants start rolling the food cart down the aisle. This is really useful roadschooling.
The adventure begins!!!