Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Still adjusting??? Summer in Florida

We try to go to the beach every week, reminds us how
lucky we still are.

It’s been awhile since we posted.  Lots of things have happened and lots of stuff still happening…  I’ve changed jobs, Jake has started school, and Andy has started his job search after being a much needed stay at home dad all summer.

Lots of stuff has been wonderful…we see my family relatively often.  I have an iPhone and can text my best friend whenever I want.  I can even push that stupid handset button and hear her voice every once in a while!  I can order a pizza with nothing but an emoji, and believe it or not, I know what an emoji is! 



Blowing out his candles on the specially requested (and
very delicious, strawberry cake made my mother.
Jake just celebrated his 10th birthday.  I cannot believe he is 10 years old.  We left San Diego when he was 4 ½  and now I have a double digit kid.  Wow.  I don’t know how much of it is because of us, his experience traveling with us, genetics, or just plain luck, but Andy and I have the best kid ever.  As many changes as we’ve gone through in the last six months, that little guy just rolls with the punches.   We try to take his lead even when not all in the 1st world is what we had hoped for…

Savannah hasn’t sold yet, so there’s that.  We now have bills and lots of “stuff.”  Anyone who’s been to our house will laugh at that as we have one room that is completely empty and with the exception of Jake’s bedroom, all the bedrooms are just that, rooms with beds in them.  Our clothes are in those big tupperware like containers on the floor.  So when I say “lots of stuff,”  that’s by cruiser standards… But repurchasing your entire house…just think that through…

 The psychological part has been harder than I thought.  I feel lost sometimes.  I sit at my desk and think, really?  My days are filled with powerpoints, project plans and conference calls.  Really?  I still get overwhelmed at the store…particularly with fashion.  I don’t know if the fashion trends these days are just really bad or if I was off the grid so long, I just can’t get back in.  I used to like shopping for clothes…now I just get overwhelmed.  I work from home now so I don’t feel quite as lost as I wear my “boat” clothes all day and don’t have to fix my hair or wear makeup.  In that way, my tension is released…I don’t have to figure out what to wear or if I look “cute” today.  Andy doesn’t care and truth be told, is still hanging on to a few of those short/t-shirt combos that probably should have stayed in Malaysia! 



Jake has taken up Taekwondo...like father, like son

I find myself trying not to judge people on their choices, which is very hard.  The things people complain about blow my mind, but at the same time, I find myself falling into old habit as well, always in a rush and trying to do everything myself (The bagel place down the street from us is THE slowest business in the US, and why can’t I just leave the towels folded the way Andy does them?  Nevermind they don’t look pretty in the cabinet and its different with every load.).  Andy’s missing the diving, the boat driving, all the critters and truth be told, all that whining about boats breaking down and pressure with being totally responsible for us… he misses all that and more.   He likes being Captain. Some days I think if we could figure it out, we would be back on the boat quicker than American Airlines could get us there….

I'm not sure how long I'll keep updating the but do know I'm not ready to stop just yet.  If you're still reading, I'll still write...

12 comments:

Naomi said...

I'll read. So keep on writing girl. Send me a note with details about work. Very curious. Like you, John and I still shake our heads at some of the 1st world problems that surround us, and then we get caught up in it. John is better than I am at resisting. But I seem to have fallen into a funk where I NEED a new couch. John is insistent that it will only delay our return to sailing, and he's so right. But it is hard. And the clothes - I hear you. I never liked clothing shopping before. I'm just not good at putting it all together. And now it is so much worse. I just don't have a clue. Envious that you are able to work at home. Blah.

Did you hear??? Yachtie abductions from the Philippines included the new owners of Renova. Very freaky.

Sherry said...

Wow, great post. Been there, done that, got sucked back in for 10 years, but managed to break away again AND I MAY NEVER GO BACK!! So start planning that next breakaway! Funny to find a comment from Naomi here, as we've corresponded about Renova and what happened Still no real new news. Lots of activity by officials/investigators, though.

RobinSC said...

I will read. Could you have the boat "shipped" to where you are and live on it again while you work? Is shipping even an option?

Michael Robertson said...

Still reading, thanks for keep writing. This is the tail end of the cruising story that isn't told often enough. I don't know how we're ever going to pull this off. Thanks again.

Capt. Jon said...

I just found your blog so I am late to the party but I really related to this. We took a 2 year sabbatical and went cruising with our 3 kids (9,14,16) and enjoyed a truly life changing experience. We swore we wouldn't get sucked back in - (who needs 12 different flavors of whipped cream?) That was 11 years ago. We have worked our butts off and kept the dream of going again as a couple alive. Having that goal always out there has made the re-assimilation manageable. Yesterday we closed on the sale of our house and look forward to counting down one year to casting off relatively permanently. 100% support your efforts to not get sucked back in!! Fair Winds!

Randy Ellis said...

Hello I am very interested in your boat for sale. I have emailed and left messages with your broker with no return. Maybe he's on vacation? Can you contact me? I did not see any other contact on your blog. Thank you

The Crew of Savannah said...

Hi Randy. Are you on Facebook? If so, friend me (Monica McKaskle) and I can get your email address and we can communicate that way. I tried to find you but there are many Randy Ellis' out there. If not, leave me another comment here we'll try to find another way to get in touch. In the meantime, I'll send Matt a note as well and hopefully he'll respond quickly. He does do a lot of cruising himself, so he may very well be out of town. We'll talk soon...thanks for the note!

The Crew of Savannah said...

Randy... just to be clear, where are you located? We have two brokers, one in Malaysia and one in the US. Which one are you contacting (Matt or Mary)?

Doug and Linda Simms said...

Hi Monica, Linda from Aquadesiac..... think we last saw you in La Cruz. Been following your blog since we parted in Mexico, you have done an amazing job of keeping it up. It was always a great read! We went South and through the Panama Canal and into the Caribe. Our boat is also for sale now, only it's in Saint Augustine, Florida which is only 2800 miles from home. We were in Karabi (Ton Sai beach) Thailand in January of this year on vacation.... even boaters go on vacation. Anyway, I kept a look out for you guys as the boats went by. I think you may have been across the sea near Phuket. Good luck with getting your land legs. Doug just finished doing the Baja Ha Ha as crew on a friends boat. He sat at the table tonight and complained that the house was listing to starboard and the seas were about 6 to 8.

Hermione Mora said...

that was so fascinating i will share it


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Unknown said...

i wanted to ask how much a month you think would have kept you afloat? if you wanted to be off and about on savannah with a land-income..how much would that income have to be to keep you going? just curious. can email me if you'd rather not talk financials in public.. id be fine with emails anyway. phil.parise @ gmail. com

Mac Mckaskle said...

As long as you continue to write I will continue to read. It is very interesting and a very good way to stay close to you guys. Love you lots Papa Mac

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