Today, our calendar announces that “Spring Begins”. Snow fell earlier in the week and we still have piles of snow 5 feet tall along our beltways. However, here in Vermont we know that Spring really is here – because it’s wet and muddy! One day temperatures can be in the low 30s and then, the next, climb into the high 50s, causing the snow to melt rapidly. Soon we’ll be able to see our tiny house trailer again!
I’m sure many of you are wondering what we’ve been up to since we haven’t updated our blog for a few weeks. As you can imagine, things have sped up a bit now that we’re nearing the final days of the countdown. We’ve had our noses to the grindstone, trying to check off the remaining items on our to-do lists. Our goal is to be on our bicycles by late April but we’re realizing there’s a chance we may not hit the road until May, considering we need to, at the very least, build the tiny house envelope so that we can remove the unsightly tarp covered supply piles from our yard before departing! We’re trying our best to stay on schedule but, in reality, we don’t have to be anywhere at any particular time, so we’re trying to keep things in perspective without getting too stressed about it all.
I Quit my full time job!
My last day at VEIC was a couple of weeks ago. It was bittersweet as I loved the incredible folks I worked with, the organization, and its mission. Who knows? I may be back someday, as one of my co-workers said, “to resume saving the planet one kilowatt at a time”. Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes and the great send off! One of my co-workers, Jennifer, gave me the card below with a note saying “Today you went from a dreamer to a doer!” (how sweet!). I thought the quote was very appropriate for this paticular chapter in our lives.
We ordered and received Click Stands for our bicycles. They’re compact, foldable and replace a traditional kickstand. To find out more about the ingenious Click Stand, check out Russ Roca’s review at The Epicurean Cyclist.
The Boring Stuff
I’ve been concentrating on tedious but necessary tasks the last couple of weeks – moving music from discs to digital storage, scanning and saving documents to allow for easy access while we’re the road, organizing the files we’re leaving behind in case we need someone to find something for us, automating our finances, and researching medical and evacuation insurance.
We’re also checking that all our important documents, like wills, power of attorney, and health directives, are up to date and distributed to appropriate family members or friends. If anything, this self-imposed dream/deadline has definitely pushed us to get our lives in order!
Speaking of getting our lives in order, the last few months the world has seemed especially chaotic to me. I’ve been disheartened by the recent political atmosphere in our country and how the divide between the rich and the poor continues to grow wider with each piece of legislation passed, despite the mass protests. The natural disasters seen in Japan are heartbreaking, even more so when followed by the man-made disaster that is nuclear. Elsewhere, people are being gassed, tortured, and killed by their own governments. On a more personal level, several friends and family members have recently been diagnosed with cancer and they’re suddenly in a battle they never imagined having to fight.
All of these things have reminded me to appreciate all that I’ve been given in this life and to live each moment to the fullest. Seeing people spend days and weeks protesting (and some of them victorious in the end!), the acts of kindness and humanity seen throughout Japan and other parts of the world in the midst of chaos, and the sheer strength and courage shown by my friends and family during these past weeks have given me a renewed sense of commitment to living as simply, wholeheartedly and passionately as I possibly can.