Friday, October 26, 2012


Busy busy busy.

Houston for two days, home and working for two days then driving back to Houston for another night and then driving home the next day then working for two days and today.  Not a ton of blogging or writing time at all. 

Haven't been sleeping much lately, a lot on my mind. As we sat down in the truck and Grandma and Papa's driveway getting ready to drive home on...what day was that...Tuesday I guess, we got a call.

I am thinking about taking a full time position again for the first time in a few years.  The call was the scheduling manager saying they wanted me to start orientation on January 5th. 

Did I mention that the company is Holland America Cruise lines and this would mean we would be taking the Adventure Nickel international? 

Like a black hole, these type of changes have an event horizon beyond which there is no turning back.  We haven't reached that point yet, but I can see it from here.  The circumstances are aligning which make it possible. 

We already have a scaled down life possessions wise.  The kids are young enough that they don't really mind the idea of sharing a bed and aren't so large that it would be prohibitive.  Sarah's friend Victoria, who used to full time in an RV and has land 2-3 hours from Houston, has agreed to let us put our RV and truck on her land.  She has even said she will periodically start up the truck and open up the house.  Aunt Miche has agreed to watch the pets while we are gone.  Financially it looks like we won't be saving money or knocking chunks of car or RV payment out, but we can cover everything. 

Still, the thought makes my stomach hurt a little.  Back when we started all of this, hell before.  Back when we were reading and dreaming of sailing around the world on a catamaran, we used to buy some of those sailing magazines.  We found a small article in there that had a phrase we grew to love. 

Adventure = discomfort.  If you are comfortable, it isn't an adventure.  It might be fun it might be vacation it might be exciting, but if it is adventure, it almost always will be at least a little uncomfortable.  Well, this would be uncomfortable in many ways.  We would be going from a lifestyle where we are free to do what we want, when we want and how we want most of the time.  We choose where we live, which park, what our daily schedule is, what we wear and even, to some extent, what schedule I work.  On the ship we would lose control of almost all of those things. 

But the perks...damn.  Just go on Holland America's website and look at the cruise routes.  Go ahead, this will still be here when you get back. 

So the final decision is still up in the air, but we are leaning that way.  Perhaps I should say we are heeled over to that side, or maybe listing that way.  There is still some information to come from the cruise line that will factor heavily into the final decision.  I would ask if we were crazy, but I already know that answer. 

More updates as events warrant.