Here's all the news that's fit to print.
- The Blog. Contrary to recent evidence to the contrary, we have NOT abandoned the blog. Our plan is to become a "travel blog" - and even while we are based here in Lompoc, we will sneak in some short trips here and there (like to Australia to visit my friend Ann?). So we are morphing, from one thing to another... evolving right before your eyes... let's see how it goes. Besides the travel, we want to keep our friends and loved ones up to date on how we're doing, so some of our posts might be progress reports on the Big Northside Reboot. Anyway, be patient with us as we transition.
- The Big Northside Reboot. Here's the short, short version. My family owns a piece of property, here in my hometown, that is in need of some tender loving care. It requires extra attention, in particular, because we currently have a HUGE vacant space, and it's going to take some creativity and some $$$ to re-purpose that space. On top of the gaping hole at the end of the center, it might be said that Northside is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. It is 45 years old, it's been the same old thing, year after year, and it's getting a little... tired. So our aim, here in Lompoc, is to rejuvenate the property and find some new tenants. But more JOY everywhere! is not going to become a Northside blog, so if you're curious and want to learn more about the process, "like" Northside Lompoc on Facebook.
- Other projects. I will continue to coordinate The Monkey's Fist (along with Jaye, who thank goodness picks up the slack when I am distracted for a while). Ean, meanwhile, has started a new website called Colombus's Egg. (This link takes you straight to the "about" page, because Ean explains it much more eloquently than I do.) If you want a daily dose of goodness - trust me on this! - go "like" his page on Facebook: Colombus's Egg.
- S/v More JOY Everywhere! On the same day that I published our last blog post, about the egret in the dinghy, Joy was struck by lightning. Big puff of smoke, bad smells of fried electronics. We had already made reservations to fly to California, and we decided, for the sake of our sanity, that we would keep those reservations. That last week in Panama City was absolute hell. I try not to think about it. After the lightning strike, we accepted an offer, and for a few weeks we basked in optimism that Joy would soon have someone to love her and take care of her properly. Alas, that offer has now fallen through, and Joy is back on the market - now for $165,000.
- Operation BABSAM. (Buy a boat, save a marriage) Although the boat has not been bought, I think I can say with some degree of confidence that the marriage has already been saved. We are SO relieved to be off the boat and on to something new. We've learned a lot about ourselves and how important it is to prioritize "us." And we KNOW how fortunate we are - even in the midst of our trials and tribulations (aka "first world problems") - so we haven't been throwing ourselves any Pity Parties.
We have a few more cruising-related blog posts that we plan to write, but now is Too Soon. Our desire to write about it and our sense of humor disappeared in that puff of smoke that I mentioned in #4 above.
There you have it. Thanks, everybody, for caring about us and for wanting to know what happens next. Our hearts have been warmed by all the well-wishing and positive energy that's been sent our way!