The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. It's been non-stop packing up the house, painting, fixing bits and pieces so the new tenants can move in. We've been trying to ensure we have what we need in our packs, but also that we have what we need set aside for two weddings in June, and our eventual return next year. In between all that, we've been trying to see our friends as much as possible. I don't remember the last time I've slept so little for such a long stretch of time. I think we've had 4 hours of sleep every night for the past week. No wonder I am fighting a sickness now!
Tyler and I were riding opposite waves of emotion the past week. It worked out well for us, though. It meant one person could be stable while the other one panicked. It was an interesting lesson in what our brains and bodies do when they're under a lot of stress. It also showed me, once again, what great partners we are for one another. The minute we'd realize that the other was teetering on an edge, we'd swing into action and take control. We got through it.
Currently, we're in North shoreOahu in Hawaii. A friend of a friend lives here and has kindly given us an empty room in her house. I think she's yet to find a new roommate. Perfect timing for us, I was mentally prepared to have very few opportunities to sleep on a real bed, let alone a private room, for the next year.
This is it. 25-30 pounds on our backs is all we have. I feel positively liberated.
Wednesday, March 29th our movers came to take all our things out of the house and into the storage unit. Even with Jon taking the downstairs in-law unit furniture and things, it was still a huge amount of stuff. How did we accumulate so much stuff in 2 years? Tyler and I moved from a 400 square foot junior 1-bedroom apartment into that house and it seems as if all our belongings were multiplying in the night. Watching all of our stuff get loaded into a truck left me with such a heavy sadness. Not because my things were going away, but because I was aghast at how many belongings we had. I kept thinking, "We don't need any of these things. We won't miss them." What will it even feel like to go back home and have this storage unit full of stuff that I don't feel any connection to? Lesson number one of this trip came before the trip even did.
The Final Moments
Thursday - Sunday we spent doing last minute errands and staying at friends' places. It was nice to have a space in our best friends' homes for a couple of days. We stayed in Devon and Lauren's new home that they bought in Pacifica. They're completely renovating the whole thing, but the in-law unit downstairs was beautifully decorated and we all piled in. It was fun to have sleep-overs all in one space. We also spent two nights at Rebecca and Shasta's place in San Bruno. Our last day in SF was perfect, a quintessential day for a send-off. We spent the afternoon in Dolores Park, then went for wings and mozzarella sticks at Kezar Pub while we watched basketball. Later on, Heidi brought a small amp and microphone over to Rebecca's so we could all do what we call "Crappy-oke". We were up late scream-singing all our favorite songs. It was blissful and sentimental all at once. Perfect memories.
Sunday we stayed in Benicia with my parents. Jon, Devon, and Lauren came over for dinner. Afterwards, Tyler and I re-packed everything all over again, double checking that we hadn't forgotten anything. We went to bed at 1 and had to be up at 4 to get ready for our flight.
We did one-last goodbye gathering with my parents, Devon and Lauren, Rebecca and Shasta at a 24 hour diner in San Bruno before catching our 8am flight from SFO to Honolulu. It felt like it must have been any other day.
The beginning begins
Tyler slept the whole flight, as usual. I didn't sleep at all, as usual.
Once we landed, we picked up the rental car and started to drive. We were very quiet just looking at the incredible scenery around us. I start grinning from ear to ear and look over at Tyler who is doing the same. "Oh my God!" we keep saying. "This is it!"
Tyler jokingly feigns boredom and says, "....so...uh, what do you want to talk about?" We have 365 days to figure it out.
We drive 35 minutes up the Western coast of Oahu and find where we're staying. We pop over to a market to get supplies for the week. We talk for a while about how much to get that will last 7 days without anything going to waste, and what will be the most cost effective. We need to spend some time figuring out daily budget in each location because a day in Hawaii is a totally different cost than a day in Vietnam. We're keeping track of all our costs -- for everything -- in a Google spreadsheet. I'm excited to look at spending trends and figure out how the budget works. I think I get asked about that the most, after "where all are you going?", and it's something Tyler nor I know how to answer very well.
After lunch we crashed and slept for a few hours. I woke up feeling sick with sore throat and congestion. Of course! The minute I slow down is the minute everything catches up to me. Still, we got out of the house and walked along the beach, which is where I snapped that turtle picture up top.
Tomorrow we were going to run on the beach in the morning and then go on a hike. Not sure what's after that, but I guess we'll figure it out!