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We're Quitting Our Jobs in 23 Days!

Hitting the road April 6

Wow! This has been an amazing process. We are so close to starting our new life and there is so much left to do!

We have accomplished quite a bit though. The Coop is on the market and we've been doing Open Houses and chasing potential buyers. We've been selling furniture on Craig's List like crazy (the house is soooo empty). We've seen our doctors, got updated prescriptions, got vaccinations, and planned for keeping in touch on the road. Our financial house is almost in order. We've aligned our bank accounts, opened some new ones and closed others. We've been seeing friends and visiting favorite places one last time. And we've been making plans.

Like our "We QUIT Our Jobs" party! At the end of the month we will say good bye to the OCC as we "retire". But since we're technically quitting our jobs, we thought that was more fun! Can't wait to see our friends and colleagues one more time before we take off.

After that, our first month we will be in Florida waiting for the rest of the country to warm up! First it's off to Fernandina Beach to visit Scott's sister Julie and establish residency. Then we're off to Matlatcha, Florida, a small island community outside of Fort Myers, where we have a house on the causeway between the mainland and Pine Island. We've decided to take the jet ski as it seemed too good a place to not have it (and I found a place to store it in Apalachicola for $25 a month once we take off). Then up to Redington Shores, on the barrier islands outside of St. Pete, to another house on the water and more jet skiing. Then finally a few days up in Apalachicola where I have fond memories from college of $1 oysters straight out of the bay.

We are looking forward to this time to relax and get warm but also to discover what our days will be like without work in them. What will the new patterns and rhythms of our life be? Will we adopt the healthy habits we talk about and long for but can't find time to maintain now? What new things will we discover about each other? How will our dog, Cadeau, adapt to life on the road and having us around all the time?

We recently rediscovered an old Tom Petty song that sums up our current mentality to a tee. In the words of the immortal Tom Petty:

It's time to move on
Time to get going
What lies ahead I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, babe,
The grass is growing
Time to move on, time to get going

Posted by mrb430 11:59 Archived in USA Tagged planning pre-trip_

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