Okay I am not ashamed to admit it. I am freaking out. (Alright, I am a little ashamed to admit it.) I always thought that once I got this close to actually going I would be just really happy and excited. Instead I am getting totally stressed. The reality of how much that I have to get done is starting to feel a little overwhelming.
I’m looking at all the things I should have been doing, but didn’t and kicking myself. Like training Vivre to get in the kayak. Of course the kayak has a hole in it that needs to be fixed. If it can be fixed. I need to start transferring my videos to my hard drives and figuring out which ones I really want to take. I have a low trust level for dvd folders. When I was in high school I had one full on cds and the heat and humidity caused the cds to stick to the plastic front. When I pulled the cd out it destroyed the cd. I then found another type of folder for my computer dvds and they quit working.
I also haven’t gotten PFDs for Vivre and the cats or harnesses for the cats. I need to get 12 volt chargers for all my electronics. The phone will be easy, but the macbook will be hard because apple doesn’t make one and won’t let anyone else legally make one. So I am stuck buying one from china and hoping that it holds up. I also need 12 volt chargers for my nooks and my camera. Yes, I can run an inverter. But inverters waste a lot of energy and when you are running an off the grid solar system that is a big deal.
I also have to admit to not having the house ready. So there is a lot of packing. Even the things I don’t take I want packed up for storage. There is also the boat stuff that still needs to be done. Of course I have no idea what that is since I still haven’t found a boat. I did send out a couple of emails for more information. The solar set-up and the air flow are my two biggest concerns. I need energy to live and I need a number of fans and probably screens for the hatches to make sure that the boat stays cool enough for the animals during the day. I probably also need to get netting to put around the lifelines. I would like to get to the place where I don’t have to confine the animals to the cabin during the day, but there needs to be some safety training done before that can happen.
When I think about what my life will look like in 6 months I do get excited. First I have to manage to look past the pile of things on my current “To Do” list. I will probably feel better when I actually start getting stuff knocked off my list. I’m planning on putting that theory to the test this week.