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It’s My Life, Not My Vacation

Some things just gotta get done.

Some things just need doing, even on the Grand Adventure. We can’t ignore certain things. It’s a reminder that this is our life, not our vacation.

Back home I had a manicure and eyebrow wax every three weeks and a pedicure every two months.  As we move around the world it’s been a valuable lesson for me to learn to do these things on my own, both saving time and money. Although I hate plucking my eyebrows – but I try.

But every three or so months I pay to have a professional get me waxed, buffed and polished and it is so very nice. Here in Croatia I even had a facial, my first in over a year.

This week we also had our teeth cleaned.  It had been 8 months since I saw my dentist in Gig Harbor and I was ready! I found a dentist close to our house and we paid $60 cash.  It was way more painful than any cleaning I’ve ever had in the states. She used a grinding tool which probably isn’t approved in the US. Hurt like hell! Bright shiny smile!

Next week Arne will need to find somewhere to have his final tetanus shot, six months after the dog bite in Thailand.  We feel lucky that experience wasn’t worse and that we have as yet had no other visits to the emergency room.

Laundry is always needing to be washed and groceries need to be purchased and meals made.  Just like home.  We still gotta sweep, clean the toilet and wash the dishes.  We still need to manage our finances and pay our few bills. Always a good reminder this is not a vacation.

Planning “where to next” is a constant – and not always as fun as it may sound.  Details as we move about the world need to be coordinated, arranged and confirmed.  This is often more time consuming than you might think and can be frustrating.  A part of the life we have chosen and we have developed a system. Currently we are planning our January and February detinatona – a very busy time of year for travel so prices are higher and lots of consideration goes in to our decisions.  Needs to be done though or things fill up and we are out of luck.

Today we went shopping for new swimsuits.  I bought a suit last June and another in January but when you wear your swimsuit more than any other thing you own they fall apart fast.  So I got a new one today, and so did Arne.  I try not to shop for much, but there are just some things we need to buy from time to time – to keep the Grand Adventure grand. Shopping is not my thing, but hey – I need a swimsuit so…

It’s an interesting way to live, a constant learning experience.  We are making it work, taking care of the details.   Most days are more about fun and less about work and we try to just go with the flow.   It’s just my life, not my vacation.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Valinda Walter

    Nice piece. I think of you and Arne as Art and I prepare to move to AZ. Not the same but similar experiences in terms of saying farewell, giving up the familiar, fretting over what ifs. I have moved a lot my entire life, over two oceans and one sea and for me it has become harder. Guess I’m just older and more fearful of change. I admire your spirit and unflappability. I wish you both smooth sailing through your life adventure.

    July 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Laureen

    Lindy you can do it! And I am right here if I can be of any encouragement! Xxoo

    July 6, 2017 at 6:52 pm
  • Reply Nancy Rimel

    How are Dane and Eric? Not that you two aren’t interesting….hoping Eric is safe biking in Africa and Dane is happy back in the States. Love to you and Arne. Love following you two through the postings.

    July 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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