So, this is it. Tomorrow, our one year long adventure begins. I (Jess) am off to Texas to present at a conference, then coming back to Florida, where Johnny and I pack the car with a few belongings and our beloved dog Milo and head out to Duke to do research for my dissertation. Johnny is going to help me, except if Pablo Neruda’s papers get in the way, which I have a feeling they might. Milo, on the other hand, will not be helping at all, but but probably conduct his own research on North Carolina squirrel varieties. We are a scholarly family, after all. 🙂 After a few weeks at the archives at Duke, we begin a whirlwind tour of the Northeast, visiting NYC and Boston, and their respective archives. We will will come back to Florida just in time to pack what’s left of our house. A few days after returning, dontchaknow, we’ll be off to Costa Rica! That’s where I will by processing the collected materials and write my dissertation. Okay, let’s be real, it’s also where we will live it up in the mountains/beaches/jungles etc of Costa Rica mojito’s in hand. If all goes as planned, we will be back in Florida in a little over a year so that I can finish my degree and we can start the next great adventure.
Writing the itinerary down like this makes it appear as if these plans fit seamlessly together all along. In fact, these plans have been a long time in the making, and many others in unmaking. At first, we fantasized about the idea of moving to Costa Rica like a fashionista might fantasize about a $900 pair of fancy shoes. After speaking about it, thinking about it, and doing a bit of research, though, we realized this was an entirely doable project. So, we committed to it. And that’s when the hardest part began–planning and arranging and researching more. Then, we got cold feet. Then, we committed again. And now, here we are. My keywords for this journey are: flexibility, laughter, and love. I like that I am old enough to know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and that if we are open and flexibile, I am sure that we are going to live it right. 🙂 I also love that I am on this journey with Johnny, my partner in crime for the past two years and counting. Knowing that Johnny will be next to me every step of the way makes it way more exciting than the prospect of going it along.
As for this blog, we’ll try to keep it up as much as we can, and to share the cool homesteady things we learn on our adventures! Our own garden plot, which is now producing tons of tomatoes and green beans, and is about to see its first sunflower in bloom, has been bequeathed to our good friend, who has promised us to care for it well. : )
As I write this, I am overwhelmed with the feeling love is all around me here, and that I have grown to love and care for this little piece of Florida so deeply. It’s time to go, and the only things I can think of to write are cheesy and come across as trite on the page. The simple fact is: I will miss those people and creatures who make my life so wonderful.