Change is in the air. F got regularized at the college. We get both limits and freedom with this. She will have two months off vacation and one month of professional development. She works hard when she is teaching. Those other three months she can be anywhere. That is a lot of freedom. It almost gives us too many options. There is talk of a masters.
My work is under so much change I really don’t know what my department will look like in six months. The unknowing makes it a little tricky to plan and I really love my department and colleagues. I have learned and grown a lot in the past few months as I have been immersed (and for two months this summer the big cheese) in all these changes. Who knows what will happen for me in terms of work and how we will juggle it in terms of work/family/travel balance.
Now we start thinking…where to go? When can we take time off? What is right for Pnut? What is good for all of us as a family? The age-old question…can we travel to Brunei without risking imprisonment? Gotta start phoning the consultants again.
Puffer’s posts here and here made me a little crazy. I started planning what I needed to sell on craigslist, looking around at everything I needed to get rid of and contemplating what to pack. Also points, what am I doing about points?! I don’t have any hotel points. Do I have to stay in a hotel to get them?
Luckily I went down this rabbit hole before and am a little more grounded now. Right now we are staying put (with some vacations like Hawaii and the Queer family ski trip). There is a big trip to South East Asia in the works that we are saving for and we are over half way there. We are not going to become a fully nomadic family (at least for right now). There are some parts of me that it really calls to, but I also really love where I live and love having a home. I read this blog post and it really stuck with me. They talked about the idea of “roots with wings.” Something along those lines feels more right. Lots of longer travel especially in the dark winter months, but still with a home.
Now back to Puffer. I am thrilled to bits for her and her family and will be following their every move. In the meantime, I am cleaning out our house, selling things and preparing to live with a little less space so that we can build a coach house in the yard. Living with less is good and will be part of what makes us free. So for right now, I am focusing on enjoying each day and letting the travel thoughts hum in the background. No rabbit holes 🙂