Hello Mentally Sailing friends!
It is another Tuesday, and thus another blog is being written! This week has been FULL of adventures. Last Tuesday we were at my parents’ house in NC unpacking our suitcases, washing clothes, and then repacking them for our trip. To say that my room was a mess would be quite an understatement. But! We got it done, Dad and Steve put on my car racks and strapped up Dad’s old WRV surfboard, and we hit the road early Thursday morning.
We drove the 12ish hours to Gulfport, MS and got a hotel room for the night to crash in. We knew the next day would not be as bad of a drive, as it was only 6 hours to Houston. As you all know, Steve is able to work remotely and has never met any of his coworkers in person, just through a screen. So, when Steve realized his bimonthly meeting with his boss was that Friday, he decided to reach out to see if he’d like to have their meeting in person! How cool is that?! The company is based in Houston, so we thought, why not? Needless to say, it was pretty cool getting to meet someone who Steve has worked so much with, and who we’ve talked to over the computer screen, but never met before. That was a great start to our awesome weekend in TX. We then went to Steve’s cousin’s home, and stayed the weekend with them which was a highlight of our trip so far. We ate amazing food, drank some tasty Houston beer, watched the beautiful exhibit on Van Gogh, and watched quite a bit of Harry Potter. Time with family is SO important, and traveling like this always leads to extra visits along the way.
We left Sunday morning and drove the 15ish hours to Tucson. Talk about a longggg drive, but we made it! We didn’t stop much other than for gas, food, and bathroom breaks, so it was a lot of sitting and napping. The best part? Steve slept for a bit while I drove, but when I needed to get off for gas he woke up and insisted on driving. We started on our way again and I immediately got so sleepy, and sleeping in the car is not something I am typically good at. However, when we’ve been driving all day it doesn’t seem to be a problem. So, I slept for at least 4 hours, and when I woke up Steve was turning off of I-10, which we were supposed to be taking all the way to Tucson. My sleep brain was a bit confused when he said “the moon just set, we’re going to look at some stars.” The moon has set? What do you mean? The sun sets, not the moon. I thought about all of these things and then realized 1. Just how tired I was and 2. It was so late (or so early in the morning, if you will) that the moon had set. I quickly looked out the window to see the beautiful night sky of Arizona full of twinkling stars. It was amazing. Steve had found a little loop that took us off of the interstate for a few minutes and then would loop back onto it. So, we pulled off of the road and got out just to see all of the wonderfully crazy and bright constellations blinking back at us.
On every road trip I’ve ever taken with Steve, he’s always pulled over to look at the stars. It’s definitely one of my favorite things that he does. There’s just something about looking up at the stars with the one you love and trying to guess the constellations, being confused on which star is what, wondering what planet that is, and laughing plenty along the way. It’s also a reminder of just how small we are. This world is wondrous and large and we are but small things looking to make our mark on her. But, I think sometimes this feeling of being so small in something so big can give you peace. Peace to know that not everything deserves the amount of power that we put into it. Not everything is so serious. The things that make you feel stressed and anxious may not deserve that much of your energy. Life is one big playground, and we really should start treating it more like that. After all, we haven’t been in one place consistently since we moved out of the apartment, and maybe not having a home base is hard, but it’s exciting. It keeps us on our toes and makes us remember that home isn’t always a place, but can be found in a person (whether that be your partner or yourself, or both). I guess I just want you to know, my friends and readers, that we need to pay ourselves with joy and happiness first, and worry about the little things later.
In other news, I am now working as Dad’s social media manager for Leaning Tree Game Calls (shameless plug). So, that has been fun and has definitely added to the to-do list. We are looking forward to this week and spending time with Steve’s parents, and then we will be on our way to San Diego and then Mexico! The truth is, we’re not exactly sure what we’re coming back to once this trip is over. We have to figure things out with the boat and we have to find somewhere to live, but right now we’re just enjoying the days as they come. We know things will work out and we will figure it out as we go, so right now we’re choosing to be excited rather than stressed about things we genuinely can’t control. Check back in around March and our “plans” we’ve talked about might be completely different. After all, that does seem to be the trend of this blog.
THIS WEEK (in photos):
Hope you are well and that this New Year is bringing many many adventures your way.
As always, happy reading!