I think if there’s any lesson I need to learn prior to our trip, it’s to stop planning so very much. Over the past few months, without fail, whenever I draw up elaborate schemes and plan, life has a way of completely buggering them up. Back in May, the only way I was able to get through my doctoral dissertation was by focusing on immediate tasks at hand and just focusing on making it through each day as it came. At the time, I told myself that once I finished grad school and finally had my PhD, it would be smooth sailing from thereon out. I was anticipating having all of this time to read and blog and trip plan… essentially, I expected that all of the things in my life I had had to put on hold in order to graduate would be mine for the taking once more. Tony figured that since the start of June would coincide with the end of his job he’d have nothing but time on his hands.
Both of us were right… for about two weeks.
After that, life got kicked into a gear so high, we hadn’t even realized it existed. At the end of this month (read: in one week!), Tony and I are moving out of the apartment we have lived in for four years, leaving behind the city we’ve been living in for longer than we can believe (7 years for me, 11 years for Tony), and moving up to Canada where my parents live. Essentially, for the past three weeks we’ve been trying to sell all of our furniture and most of our belongings, and pack up the things we intend to keep. We’ve had fairly decent luck selling our stuff on Craig’s List, but no matter how you slice it, moving is always stressful. Additionally, I’ve still been working on various projects for my lab at school, and Tony has picked up several consultant and freelance jobs… plus the reality of our trip is starting to assert itself more and more. I finally made time to take advantage of the fact that I am still technically enrolled as a graduate student until the end of August, so I made use of Vanderbilt’s travel clinic (and my still active student health insurance) to sort out necessary vaccinations, and at least at this point, we no longer have to worry about me picking up something icky on our travels. Now it’s just Tony (and the dogs!) who need to get their shots… Next week we’ll see if we can take advantage of Tony’s dental coverage which is still good until the last day of the month. We’re also trying to figure out what to do about travel medical insurance while we’re away, especially considering that come July 1, Tony will no longer have health insurance in the U.S. and OHIP (the medical insurance I have in Canada) can expire if I’m out of the province for more than 6 months unless I’m granted an extension, and most supplementary medical insurance plans require that my OHIP be active. And of course, even though our departure date for Japan is somewhere in the venue of 6-weeks away, we still don’t have our itinerary figured out, nor do we even have our accommodation booked for our first 5 nights in Tokyo. We should probably look into getting our Japan Rail Passes, too…
All to say that life has just been insanely hectic that’s it’s been hard to find little moments where we can just unwind and take a breath, never mind finding time to blog. For every thing we cross off our “!!! HIGH PRIORITY! MUST DO!!!” list, it seems like another three take its place. We actually do have tons of posts we want to write (like about our first experience at Bonnaroo, or the whole vaccination thing, or the health insurance headache for that matter!), but right now blogging is a luxury we simply can’t afford.
So, although we haven’t been doing this that long, we’re asking our readers to give us a bit more time, and hopefully we’ll be back in full force come July. Yes, our plates will still likely be overflowing once we’re up in Canada, but with the massive stress of moving behind us, we’ll be in full-blown trip preparation mode and will hopefully have more time to devote to this blog.
By now I know better than to say that’s the plan, so let’s call it a tentative proposal and see where we are come July.