The Grand Adventure

In CategoryAdventure

Okay, here’s what happened.

It all started around October of 2010.

We had just paid a fortune to get the air conditioner fixed and I was feeling disgruntled about it. The kids had been squabbling a lot and seemed bored with everything. A mild sense of discontentment lurked in the corners of the house.

One day, while the kids were outside, digging in our boring old suburban back yard, I caught up on my blog reading. I came across Zach Aboard, a blog written by a homeschooling mom whose family lives on a catamaran. I read one of her typical posts about life on a boat – perhaps it was about collecting seashells and making candles out of them, or visiting a neighboring boat at the marina where they were moored, or maybe she just posted some pictures of a beautiful ocean sunset – but it struck a chord within me and I thought “I want to do that.”

I was bizarrely moved to tears, consumed with a deep longing that came out of nowhere. It filled me up and within a matter of hours I was trying to figure out what the heck was going on with me, why I suddenly was so dissatisfied with the life were were living. We just bought a sofa from Pottery Barn for crying out loud! That cost more than my first and second cars combined!

Eventually the longing resolved into a desire to give my kids more – more experiences, more adventures, more of everything.

Looking back, I can’t believe how quickly the vision for a new way of life took shape. By that evening, I was outlining an idea to my husband:

“Hey, how about selling our house and everything we own and traveling the country with our kids, giving them an education grounded in adventure and experience?”

I must have sounded completely off my rocker.

Or at the very least, in the throes of some estrogen induced breakdown.

Astonishingly, he took it pretty much in stride. That’s the benefit of seventeen years of marriage – he’s used to my crazypants ideas.

So that’s what we’re doing.

Selling everything we’ve spent our entire adult lives acquiring.

Leaving the only house our kids have ever known.

Going nomad.

It’s gonna be scary.

And awesome.

And that is the reason behind the garage sales and endless effing basement cleaning.

C’mon – Gimme More Guesses!

In CategoryAdventure

Okay, on Monday I am going to reveal the Big CrazyPants Idea that I alluded to the other day.

But I would like to be entertained by your guesses. What do you think would be a crazy thing to embark on as a family?

Now you – go.


(ps, I am NOT PREGNANT, so you can all just bite your tongue on that one!)

In Which I Don’t Know What Day It Is

In CategoryRandom Monday

Because this should be a Random Monday post. Ah well. I’m 40 now, you know.

• Last weekend at Sam’s, we bought eggs.

This apparently threw a thought to my son, who wanted to know how a regular chicken egg turned into a chicken.

Which I explained in the least graphic, yet most accurate way possible.

Right in the middle of the store.

Obviously, this led to questions about how other kinds of babies are made.

Which I answered.

Right in the middle of the store.

Hold me, people.

• I have a knitting friend who has taught herself to crochet and makes the cutest little toys for her kids. This inspired me to drag out my ancient Learn to Crochet in One Day! booklet and try my hand at it. I did okay with the single crochet and the double crochet and some of those other stitches that really just look like weird lumps. I wanted to do the Magic Loop way of making a ring, and found some instructions. I followed the first and second steps all right, but step 3 said, “continue as usual.”

I was all “what usual? I don’t know how to do this, that’s why I need DIRECTIONS, you stupid piece of paper!”

• I had some other stories about a trip to Ikea and cleaning out the garage, but after typing them out, I realized they were even more boring than the crochet story. Sorry. It’s very mundane over here lately. Hopefully things will liven up soon, because we are in the middle of trying to make a Giant! Life! Change!

Wha..?!?!? A cliffhanger? On a blog? That’s right, peeps. One day – hopefully soon – I will be able to tell you about the craziest thing we’ve ever decided to do.

Can you stand the suspense?

Let’s Talk Apps

In CategoryNavel Gazing

OR  In Which I Am In LOVE…with my iPhone.

So. I’m one of Those People now. A smug iPhone-using elitist.

Previously, I was a pay-as-you-go phone user and looked down my virtuously frugal nose at those snotty iPhone users whose phone was more like an appendage than a device you needed in case of an emergency.

Besides, I married someone who has made a career out of knowing the intricate details of every Microsoft product there is and have been brainwashed to hate Apple.

But I’ve seen the light.

And also the App Store.

Angry Birds was the very first thing I downloaded, in the car on the way home from the store.

Angry Birds is the best thing ever.

Next was Words With Friends, so I could get my butt kicked by Kristy and Green V-Neck (or as I call her, Other Deb).

Of course I’ve got the Facebook and Twitter connections – I tweeted from Hobby Lobby the other day! Amazing! (And endlessly fascinating, no doubt.)

Other favorites are:

7 Little Words, a word game I downloaded just this morning. I like it already.

Springpad, a great list-making app which enables me to keep track of all sorts of stuff I would normally scrawl illegibly on the back of a WalMart receipt keep neatly in a little notebook. I can keep track of what size and brand of underpants fit my daughter and how many pairs of shoes are in the Future Kids Clothes box. Plus, you can download it onto your desktop, do all your editing and list making on a real keyboard, then sync it with your phone.

Data Vault, an encrypted password manager. This one is pretty self-explanatory and maybe a bit boring, but I am very happy to have found a secure place to store the eighty-seven thousand passwords I inexplicably have. Plus also, now I don’t have to frantically text Jim to tell me the ATM password while the machine threatens to eat my card. A desktop version of Data Vault can also be purchased and synced with your phone. And when Jim told me that one of the übergeeks at work raved about it…I was sold.

I’ve got stuff for the kids – Highlights for Children has a Hidden Picture App! We love us some Hidden Picture up in here, yo. Also Stack the States and Stack the Countries, both educational geography games. Or at least they would be educational if I ever let the kids near my phone. Whatever.

There are several that I don’t use like I thought I would – ShopSavvy, a barcode reader isn’t quite what I expected, and ShoppingList isn’t going to replace my written grocery list any time soon. I like the idea behind AllMyRecipes, but I need to spend some time typing in my favorite recipes to make it work for me.

What am I missing? What apps do you love? Inquiring, app-loving minds want to know.

PS – If anyone wants to play Words with Friends, I am Not Inadequate Deb.

PPS – If anyone, such as my husband, wants to give me an iPad, I will graciously accept. Angry Birds on a bigger screen can only be More Awesome.