Getting Ready

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We spent the rest of last Fall talking about what was quickly dubbed The Adventure. We weighed all the options, pausing occasionally to decide if we were just plain nuts.

The lure of possibility, though, was irresistible.

There are two reasons why we can do this – we homeschool our children, and my husband is very fortunate to work from home. All he needs is a high-speed internet connection and we can still get a paycheck. The paycheck is obviously a key component to…well, our whole life, really. The only thing standing in the way is our house.

There is no way we can afford to do any amount of travelling and still hold on to our house. Even the thought of a typical two-week vacation to Disney is out of reach. My husband makes a nice living, but we are a one income family and there’s certainly not enough extra to finance a year-long trip around the United States and pay the mortgage. My Amazon habit is a money hole as it is.

Of course, daydreaming about knitting on the beach whilst my kids dig in the sand and conjugate Latin is one thing. Getting ready to embark on this journey is quite another.

After Christmas, we realized that if we wanted to put the house on the market in the spring (in the worst real estate market in decades – yay), we needed to get to work.

We sold our second car, sorted through our junk, had a gigantic garage sale, and rented a storage unit for the stuff we were keeping. I opted out of catalogs, let my magazine subscriptions lapse, and got as close as I could to one hundred percent online banking. We purchased identity-theft protection, paid off our credit cards, and tried to figure out what to do with our mail.

And then we sorted through even more stuff, sold it on Craig’s List, and tried to calculate how many Legos we could bring. We got stressed out, grouched too much at the kids, and bickered about whether or not to sell the sofa.

We painted the bathroom, fixed a doorknob that had been broken for 5 years, and called a realtor. We tormented the kids about keeping their toys picked up, argued about whose turn it was to clean the kitchen, and parked down the street to spy on any house-hunters who toured our home.

I planned the school year around the idea that we’ll actually be living a geography study and bought several field guides to help facilitate a nature study. I printed all my favorite recipes to create a traveling recipe binder and packed up all my cookbooks. I sorted through my yarn, decided which projects I wanted to take, and packed up the majority of my giant yarn stash in huge zipper bags.

And then my yarn got lonely and I brought it back home.

Minor setback. Luckily, I’ve taught myself to crochet and crocheting uses, like, THREE times the amount of yarn that knitting uses. So far I can only make tiny creatures that look like Pac-Man ghosts.

But they are cute.


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12 Responses to “Getting Ready”

  1. Kristy Says:

    Your Pac-man is adorable.
    And I still can’t believe you are actually doing it.
    Any bites on the house?
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  2. Marcie Says:

    I am so excited for you to start this adventure! It will be an amazing experience for all of you. And the kids will remember it for their entire lives! I hope to live vicariously through you.
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  3. Connie Weiss Says:

    So is your house currently for sale? Or has it sold and now you’re putting your plan in action?

    I need more details!
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  4. Helena Says:

    So exciting! But I agree with Connie. More details, please!!!

    In fact, do you realise what you’ve done, Deb? You’ve created a whole So Excited For You, Hungry for More Info, Detail Needing, What’s Next? Mob. We’re going to want to know Everything. And we won’t rest. Because from reading these comments over the last year or more, I know we’re a bold bunch. A hungry bunch. We’re going to love your adventure to bits, like puppies with a fancy shoe. Be prepared, Deb! We’re going to drool and chew all over this crazypants adventure of yours. And be SO happy doing it!

    Thank you in advance, for all the joy you’ll be bringing us, dear friend. 🙂
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  5. Applie Says:

    When are you leaving?
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  6. Michelle Says:

    Still so freaking excited for you!

    And jealous. A little. No, a lot.

    But then my claustrophobia sets in and I start wondering how many square feet this traveling house is going to be . . .

    Then I don’t care, because there would be knitting! At the beach!
    All kinds of awesome. 🙂

    So, is there a plan? Throwing darts at a map? What?
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  7. Emma Says:

    This is so exciting! But I’m going to rain on your parade for one minute, because otherwise I might kill you (just kidding).

    When you go to the beach, don’t buy the hermit crabs in the painted shells. The shell paint is toxic and will rub off and they had to burn the crabs’ backsides to get them out of their old shells and into the new ones. Plus the “everything you need kit” they’ll sell you on will kill the crab. They are wild creatures who in the wild traveled up to 2 or more miles a night and are extremely social, traveling in groups of hundreds at times. They breathe humidity and require 70% minimum with a temp of at least 70. The food they put in the kit has pesticides in it that will kill them, and the water treatment gunk does nothing for them. They will die from chlorine overdose if nothing else gets them, or from lack of proper electrolytes since they won’t have access to ocean water. That kit might keep a crab alive, if you’re lucky, for a year. There’s a pair of crabs who’s been living in captivity for over 30 years. So don’t buy the crabs.

    Oh, and have fun! I can give you tons of resources if you want to learn about land hermit crabs, since they’re kind of my thing…hence the blog name…

  8. Kristy Says:

    Wait…what? Who said anything about hermit crabs?
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  9. Deb Says:

    Rest assured, Emma, that it is my deepest desire to remain pet-free for as long as humanly possible. I have enough to do keeping track of the tiny people around me without dragging some poor unsuspecting ocean creature into the mix.

    Gah! Crabs! Spiders of the ocean!

  10. SaraB Says:

    Spiders of the ocean- precisely. That is why I don’t eat them. Or lobsters, which I call “Ocean Ants”. I mean seriously, if you stomp on a live lobster it squishes just like an ant! GAG ME WITH A FREAKING SPOON!

  11. Emma Says:

    Hahaha, glad to hear it! I’m just one of those crazy obsessed people, so unsolicited as it was, I wanted to ensure that you don’t fall into the trap of “look, Mommy, it has Spongebob on its shell!” because they do…ugh.

    Thanks for not thinking I’m too crazy…

  12. Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic Says:

    OK, the Pac Man ghost is seriously cute. You are now my hero for being able to do what I as a long-time knitter haven’t been able to master–a crochet hook.
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