First full week back on Batland and it feels so good. We’ve had a busy few weeks; moving out of the apartment and onto the boat, flying to CO for a week, weddings and family get-togethers. We’ve loved it, but we’re also very tired and excited for a little R&R (aka going to bed on time, sleeping well, and waking up at an appropriate hour to get our day started).
The boat is pretty much back to normal. Things are in their rightful places. Fruit is hung in the hammock above the circle couch, the shelves are stacked with recently bought groceries, and clothes are put away. Buoy even has her own spot, which has changed since the last time we lived aboard. It feels good to be back, especially since we tend to get a lot more done around here when we LIVE on the boat rather than being down the street.
With that being said, my lovely and wonderful guy put in our porthole (which has been out since last October) and it looks AMAZING. It’s so clear, and there are screens to prevent bugs from making their way inside! We made the mistake of buying 6 of the wrong size last fall, so we have them all up for sale on craigslist now. We’re buying the correct portholes (like the one Steve just installed) one by one to make sure we actually have space to store it when we can’t replace it immediately, especially with 6 extra and unnecessary boxes in the aft berth.
So, if you need any, or know anyone that does, here’s the link to our craigslist listing!
In other news, we’re hoping to work on (and possibly install) our folding table in the saloon this week! I am so excited for this. Working and writing with a computer on your lap isn’t a big deal as long as it’s for a short period of time, but it makes your neck and back hurt eventually. So we’re hoping this table will be a big quality of life improvement aboard Batland.
We got the chance to watch fireworks this weekend with family and eat a lot of good food. Buoy swam her heart out and snuggled with us on the float, and we loved every second of it.
Now that the holiday weekend is over, we’re getting geared up to sail to Hampton for an overnighter, and then coming back tomorrow morning. Getting some hours in and some sweet sunshine will be good for the soul after this busy stretch.
Although we just got home and we’re going again, it still feels like rest. It still feels good and happy and all the things we need to feel relaxed after so much travel and socialization. After all, it’s not like we’re leaving our home. We’re just lucky enough that the boat is home for us and no matter where we are, or where we travel, this place keeps us grounded (or maybe I should say floating).
Recently, we’ve talked a lot about plans for this year, sailing and not, and I think it’s good to have an idea of what we hope to happen. However, we never really know if any of this will pan out. We’re hopeful, and we dream up these brilliant ideas, but time and time again our liveaboard life has proved that we can’t plan everything out to a T. We’ve adapted pretty well to this (mainly because we had to), but I’m grateful for it nonetheless.
This life, regardless of what we do or where we go, will always be unpredictable in some way. The good thing is, you get to choose how you live it. You get to choose your people that make life feel good, and activities that light your soul on fire. I hope, today, you find something that makes you feel that spark of joy or passion or love. I hope that today is another start to a beautiful and wild ride that life is taking you on. Hold on tight, and don’t close your eyes, because I have a feeling you won’t want to miss it.