Wednesday, February 11, 2009

countdown

We leave next week.  

We leave next week.

We leave next week.

Sometimes I have to say it repeatedly to really allow it to sink in.  

J and my brother have nearly glided through most of Mexico. After just one border mishap, the two gringos have gone from one coastal town to another, riding in just before dark in search of a room and a cold beer. I tend to think of it as a gentleman's journey, not really knowing what that means but liking how it sounds.  Two men and a car and nothing but road and tacos to guide them.  If their luck holds they should in our new village by Friday.  

M and I are having a different sort of trip, going on three weeks at my parents with one week to go (have I mentioned we leave next week?) is making me both comfortable and anxious, this world is pretend with a fridge magically full of food and a squeaky clean bathroom and once a voice actually even reminded me to blow my nose.  One can't allow herself to get too comfortable here. One actually cannot get too comfortable here.  I did get to head back to my most recently old stomping grounds, having dinner one night with friends and attending a seminar the next day.  I came home with a crush on a 22 year old (does that make me one of those felines?  Is it a cougar? Puma?  Jaguar?)  No matter, if you saw him you'd be one too.  

I had the rather unpleasant experience of having the bank freeze my account, apparently I used my ATM card at a gas station that was robbed the next day and the bad guys made off with my credit card number along with dozens of others.  Rather than calling me they just cancelled my card, proving rather embarrassing at dinner but resulting in a free meal.  (Friends take pity on you when you are jobless AND your credit card won't work).  The bank had a very hard time understanding the need to straighten out their little mess in less than a week, for some reason "going out of the country" means "we can take care of it when you get back" and then for the eleven-hundredth time I'm explaining to the bank dude about our upcoming trip and why we won't be back anytime soon and why we still think it's a good idea.  I'll be rather happy to not have to explain that anymore.  

That said, I'm leaving next week.

holy shit.

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24 comments:

TZT said...

Woo hoo! (Except for the credit card thing. That stinks.)

Anonymous said...

im soo jealous ;)

g

Anonymous said...

and it's cougar

Anjali said...

You go, girl!

Magpie said...

holy moly.

alejna said...

Crazy about the bank card. Hope that gets fixed soon.

A week. Wow.

Ally said...

Love you Jen.

Sierra said...

that's so soon. yet so far. so scary. yet so exciting. GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS! :)

Omaha Mama said...

Many blessings for you.

I'm sweet on Zac (Zack?) Efron. I'll join the cougar club with you. Although I think we may be too young. And there are other criteria, like actual physical contact. I don't think a crush counts.

No freaking out now. Keep telling yourself that this is the realization of a dream. The meeting of a goal. Do not question it from here. It is just what you had planned to do. A very rational, grown up way of doing it. You are simply meeting the next step in your strategic plan. Done.

Hugs.

painted maypole said...

next week!!!

(ACK. we are about to change to a new bank that will give us an awesome interest rate if we use the ATM 12 times a month, and we NEVER use one now, and your story is making me nervous...)

Wayfarer Scientista said...

i always have the longest conversations over these things...the credit card...you live where? and why? and what is the temperature? do you have running water? all these questions they ask and all i want is my new card. good luck babe.

flutter said...

woohoo!!

hypoglycemiagirl said...

mmm...22 yearolds; either single malts or males

Blog Antagonist said...

Holy shit is right. Sometimes, dreams do come to fruition. You give us all the impetus to keep dreaming.

de said...

yes, I can see where staying with parents for that long would seem like some sort of Never-Never-Land. If you are anything like me, you will be a SuperWoman of Independent Means after being there.

There is definitely weird stuff afoot with credit - I paid off a card that was only half-way to it's limit and the bank FROZE my card in response - they're so afraid people are floating money to pay off and then charging up again...it doesn't matter if you have good credit or bad.

glad to hear that J's trip is going well. can't wait until you get there!!!

kgirl said...

Holy shit, for reals dude. Crazy.

Kellan said...

Man - you are on an adventure and I'm wishing you all the luck in the world!! I've got to go back and read more of your posts to catch up on exactly why you are on the road, but it sounds like you are excited and that makes me excited for you!!!

Thanks for stopping over - you'll never know how much it meant to me - I've missed you too!! Take care and I'm definitely going to be checking in with you to see where your adventure leads. Very cool about meeting Emily (I did read that post), btw!

See you soon - Kellan

Madge said...

you are leaving next week!!!

amazing. can't wait to hear more.

meno said...

It's your parents job to get you to be really really ready to leave next week!

patches said...

I hate red tape, and the necessity of the banking industry. One week? Like wow.

KC said...

Wishing J and your brother a mishapless rest of the journey. And a safe one for you both. xoxo

wheelsonthebus said...

glad to hear the drive is going well!

jennifer said...

The waiting is the worst part. Especially with bags packed. oh how many times I've done that.
you're fine

monkey said...

if you want, i'll start leaving you comments reminding you to blow your nose.
:-)