Wednesday, February 18, 2009

and we're off

So then. 

I've had a month post-employment to get my arms around this and somehow I have and have not come to terms with the going and not coming back in the foreseeable future.  In a few short pre-dawn hours M and I will sleepily board a plane and then another plane, heading out of this country and into the belly of another, a steamier and greener faraway place where we'll be reunited with J, and two becomes three.

But see, that's just it.  It's just us three.  There.  Three.  Just. 

I had lunch with some friends yesterday and they were commenting on our bravery, but the truth is I don't feel very brave.  I feel sort of scared, see.  It's just us.  But then again it's us, and everyone I've yet to meet.  

And then there's all of you.

One of the things that brings me comfort is all of you.  You are all still here, in this one particular world our connection has always been across the miles or shores or continents, you don't particularly care where I live and it doesn't much matter. You, see. You are all still here. It doesn't matter where I go because I can still find you.  

I took my final US shower, I stayed in way too long and turned the water up way too hot.  This is my last familiar shower for the longest time, the one there is tepid at best and the water pressure is terrible.  It's easy to take a good shower for granted until it's gone.  It's like a bad Whitesnake song, showers.  

I wanted to throw myself a goodbye party but time ran away from me, so perhaps I'll throw myself a housewarming party instead. You know, the kind where you tell me the one thing you'd bring to the jungle, the one thing you could not possibly live without. It needs to be funny, though. No time for sentimental I'd miss my family and friends bullshit, because see, we already know this is what we'll miss. Plus, it'll make me feel a little less freaked out.  I can use a little less freaked out right now.

The next time you hear from me I'll be there, how and when I'll be able to connect remains a mystery but hopefully it won't be too long.  

Here's to the beginning of adventure, of our long awaited journey. Here's to the leaping off and hopefully not falling too far. 

Here's to yes.  Here's to yes.  Here's to yes.  

And we are off.

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48 comments:

hypoglycemiagirl said...

Have a safe trip and hopefully we'll hear from you from the jungle! I hope your adventure will be as good as you want it to be.

(water pressure here in the UK truly sucks as well)

ewe are here said...

Hope your flights go smoothly and you're reunion with your husband is joyous.


Books. I'd bring books.

Little Monkies said...

Traveling mercies, my friend. I will miss you and your thinking and feeling self. Good luck in the jungle, peaceful time with your family. You always have friends here.

Omaha Mama said...

I'd bring you my latest issue of US Weekly, because really, won't it be the celebrity gossip that you miss the most?!

I'm not going anywhere, I hope you are able to check in soon!

TZT said...

For some reason, I do know that Whitesnake songs sound twice as funny in the desert (as compared to the gateway to the Great Plains where I live). Since you invoked David Coverdale for me this fine morning, I'm thinking a comparison study could be in order. What's the camp/comedy factor of "Here I Go Again" in the jungle? This might be important information for us all.

Somewhere in this house I have an unused bottle of Farrah Fawcett shampoo, which I discovered sitting all by itself in a New Jersey pharmacy in 1989. I felt like some pop archeologist. I'd say that I'd take that, but my experience of the Yucatan was that it has its own weird, random vestiges of American pop culture, so you may find one in your new vicinity anyway.

I would take a handful of dirt from someplace familiar. I'd put it in a small glass bottle to stick on my windowsill to forget until I accidentally looked at it and remembered.

Safe travels!

thordora said...

Be safe, have fun, and eat well. I'll miss you till you're back. :)

Kyla said...

Yep, that's the beauty of all this, we're still just as close, no matter how far you go.

I can't wait to hear all about it!

alejna said...

Yup, I'm coming with you. I'll be hanging out waiting for you to unpack me once you get back online.

As for what I'd be sure to bring, for some reason tweezers come to mind. Because I hate it when I'm about to set off on an adventure and notice a wiry chin hair and don't have a way to pluck it out. Therein lies madness.

I'd also need to have some 80s dance music. Because nothing says "home" like Tainted Love and Safety Dance..

wheelsonthebus said...

my inhaler. and ben's tinkerbell costume

Pgoodness said...

good luck, be safe, godspeed and all that! Can't wait until you can update us again!!!

i'd bring books and bug spray. :)

barefoot gardener said...

What you are doing is so amazing. I look forward to hearing all about it!

painted maypole said...

yes.

Oh, what would I bring? I have so many scrapbooks, but they might be too much for the jungle. Maybe a really soft and comforting blanket, to build a cocoon when I need it

Arwen said...

I would bring my daughter's soft blanket, the one that keeps you really warm and safe on cold nights.
I will miss you!

Defiantmuse said...

you're boarding the plane as I type these words. you're. boarding. the. plane. WOWOWOWOW!!! you know exactly what I have to say about all this. You and your fam are rock stars and we'll see ya in the jungle once our little one arrives and is able to sit up. lol. We're already working it into the plan. I love you, woman. Write when you can. And give J a big hug from us when you arrive. X to tha' O.

Anjali said...

And yes, yes, YES YOU CAN!

monkey said...

i would bring lotion. i'm obsessed with lotion. *i realize this would only be funny if i were a twelve year old boy but it's the absolute truth*
i CAN NOT survive without lotion. and i'm sharing my life with a man who DOES NOT MOISTURIZE. freaks me out.
i have been having a love affair with lotion since i was a child, slathering myself daily.
i'm convinced it is why i didn't get stretch marks on my belly even though i gained about 65 pounds when i was pregnant. (although this logic is faulty since i have stretch marks all over my hips from when i went through a growth spurt in my teen years...lotion did nothing to protect me then.)
regardless, i'm going to jump in the shower right now and then dress in a man's button down shirt and straddle the hood of a car...all in your name.

NannyOgg said...

Good luck! You can do it.

Karen

Laura said...

Bug spray and chap stick and books.

kim said...

Safe travels! I can't wait for the next installment.

Mayberry said...

I would bring my best me-tarzan-you-jane hot one-shouldered animal print dress, of course!

And a gross of Blistik lip balm.

meno said...

Safe travels, my friend.

Amber said...

Bon voyage! I can't wait to hear that you've arrived safely in your new home.

As for what I'd bring? Lots and lots of mosquito netting of course. And my knitting supplies. Because who doesn't want to spend their time in the jungle churning out warm hand knits?

Mrs. Chicken said...

Brave, brave girl! Can I say instead would I would NOT bring?

I'd leave behind my razor and hot wax -- who needs a sleek bikini line in the jungle? Best excuse I've ever heard for bringing back the Big Bush.

Love and godspeed to you, lovely girl.

Amy Y said...

I'd bring books and my Diva Cup. because I'm not sure you can buy books or tampons in the jungle :)

Safe travels to you... You ARE brave. And you will be just fine. And we'll be here for the days you aren't.

Oh and I think I'd bring a cat to eat all the bugs and stuff... the bugs are the biggest reason I can't live in a jungle.

hele said...

Oh my sister. My thoughts are with you as you set of into the unknown.

May every step be blessed*

Anonymous said...

stud!

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Blog Antagonist said...

Safe journey my adventurous friend! I can't wait to hear all about your new life.

Amy said...

I'm so excited for you. Hope your travel today is as uneventful as J's trip down! Can't wait to see you pop up on my reader when you're next able to check in, I'll be looking forward to that.

Hetha said...

I'm pretty sure you can get what I'd bring...it probably grows wild all over the place :-)

Z said...

Pah. I'm going bare handed. After all, you'll be there and that's enough for me.

Bless you, darling child, my best wishes for every step of your journey.

Binky said...

I would bring a full flask (bourbon) to the jungle. I'd worry about the rest later.

Safe travels! I'm so excited to hear about your adventures.

Amy said...

Good luck and be brave. I would bring two things, My dirt collection. I collect dirt from places I want to see (folks will always send you dirt) ;) and my pink and purple tie died Jimi Hendrix t shirt. It is so worn but no matter how old I get It's my soul it's who I am on the inside. Id'd be hanging out with you wearing my holey Jimi t-shirt and a pair of cut offs. Ps say hi to the manatees!! I bet M will love them.

Mary said...

I would bring about 100 washcloths. You know, those cheap ones in rainbow colors you get at Target. Because we go through those suckers like kleenex at our house.

But the one thing I wouldn't be able to get by without would be a computer. To keep connected to the world.

Be safe, and don't kid yourself. You're brave.

KC said...

Floss. A vat of dental floss.

And maybe a toilet.

xoxo

Tabba said...

i wanna cry. i wanna laugh. i wanna smile. i wanna yell.....

i want to do all of these things. it's such a twisted mix of emotions i feel for a family i've never met....so happy, excited, & nervous. it's almost like reading a book & waiting to see how it unfolds.

i love you. i love that you are doing this. can't wait to hear how the trip went.

Beck said...

Being me? I would bring antibiotics.

The water pressure here STINKS. Our shower, my husband has informed me, is worse than showers he used in South America. Okaaay.

TRAVEL SAFE! HAVE FUN!

Jocelyn said...

Ah, because I don't have to dredge up all the energy you do in these next weeks, I can just be excited for you. You. are. living. the. dream.

Beautiful.

I hope you encounter the ex-pat bar that has really good burgers. I hope M's bowels never hit the skids. I hope you dance past midnight.

All are things I did in Belize.

Jocelyn said...

Ah, because I don't have to dredge up all the energy you do in these next weeks, I can just be excited for you. You. are. living. the. dream.

Beautiful.

I hope you encounter the ex-pat bar that has really good burgers. I hope M's bowels never hit the skids. I hope you dance past midnight.

All are things I did in Belize.

flutter said...

a feather boa, because your ass KNOWS you aren't going to find one in the jungle.

mamatulip said...

Oh, Jen! I'm so excited for you!

Denguy said...

A towel--you can always use a towel, especially to mop off the sweat.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

Yep, we'll be here. And maybe at some point there with you.

By the way, insecticide spray containers (hopefully unused) make awesome pressured showers. They do.

What would I bring? If we aren't talking about people or my Disreputables? To the jungle? Probably a mosquito net. :)

jaded said...

something for chaffing, and a river rock from my last place of residence.

If you weren't a little scared, I'd question your mental health.

Bon said...

safe travels...though i think you're there by now. and i imagine you've thought of three things you've left behind that you wish you'd brought, and you don't care all at the same time.

joy to you. joy. you have dreamed this into being.

Magpie said...

I'd bring an iPod with all the music in the world.

I hope you had a safe trip.

Peace.

Ally said...

Jen I am just so excited for you, and nervous, and happy. Books and more books is what I'd bring, though it doesn't seem like a good choice, really. Looking forward to hearing your tales from the jungle. Safe travels, friend.

Karen said...

I would have to have my laptop. I could not live without it. Well, I could but I wouldn't be happy.

You'll be fine. Soon enough the new place will be home.

bgirl said...

my heart skipped a beat thinking of you making your final drive away from all you've known. i can't imagine the flooding of so many feelings...ride them, float them all the way to your new destination.
hugs to you.
b