Saturday, July 09, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
I already know how I will feel when I first pick up that crinkly paper package containing my invite.
I am just going to look at the package for a while, remembering how a whole year had led to this moment.
I won't open it right away, rather I'll drive it to a quiet place, somewhere outside, away from people that notice me.
I'll sit for a while, thinking of what this all means, and then slowly open the package.
I've been working like a maniac since Saturday getting my house ready for sale -- the first open house is this Sunday! Things sure feel like they are moving fast right now.
My Mom came down for two days and helped me with a bunch of painting -- she was my secret weapon. I would not have been ready for Sunday without her.
If every thing goes as planned, I will close on my house the end of August, or shortly thereafter. Once my house is sold, I will quit my job (no sooner than September 1st).
Once I am jobless and homeless, I will take off for California on my motorcycle. I hope to visit friends and family before I leave with the Peace Corps. I'm thinking about taking Route 66 at least part of the route. My Westerly endpoint will be my sister's house -- I can't wait to see my new nephew!
All-in-all, the days leading up to the road trip will be filled with preparations for the Peace Corps:
- Selling my house
- Giving away stuff, and putting what I keep into storage
- Selling my car
- Spending time with my family
- Creating the appropriate legal documents
- Organizing my finances
- Getting my dog setup with my Grandparents