- Jack-hammering concrete.
- Digging three-foot holes in basement dirt.
- Hauling 50-lb buckets of dirt & rock up a flight of stairs x 100+.
- Plumbing sewage drains.
- Plumbing water supplies.
- Refilling trenches, mixing & pouring/finishing concrete.
- Painting house exterior.
- Painting house interior.
- Moving all personal belongings into storage unit.
- Prepping internet classes.
- Prepping shipboard classes.
- Marketing a new book.
- Performing a book reading.
- Filming, producing, and editing new videos.
- Editing clients’ dissertations and books.
- Booking flights, hotels, and tours.
Now you know what my last 30 days has looked like.
While it is extraordinarily safe to state that I am still terrified to some extent of our upcoming Semester at Sea voyage, I have to admit, it sort of feels like a break from this Sisyphean mountain of work this summer.
True, the prep work to get ready to leave has been monumentally difficult, but I genuinely look forward to the time we get on the ship, at which point:
- No more laundry.
- No more dishes.
- No more rent.
- No more electric, garbage, water, internet, streaming bills.
- No more grocery shopping (or food bills).
- No more housekeeping.
- No more home improvement projects.
- No more packing & moving.
- No more cooking (though Stacie does the lioness’ share of this).
That’s a lot of negatives, isn’t it? Should I be so happy about all the no-mores?
Let’s make a new list, shall we? This is the list I REALLY look forward to:
- Meeting and getting to know new students.
- Meeting and getting to know new peers.
- Seeing, smelling, touching, hearing, and tasting 15 countries on 4 continents.
- Exposing my children to the great big world around them and imbuing them with stories to last a LIFETIME.
- All the relationships we build, destroy, rebuild, and strengthen along the way.
- The lives we can potentially impact for the better throughout the world.
- Making a difference beyond our regional geographic area.
- Inspiring others.
- BEING INSPIRED.
- The countless stories we will return with.
- All the memories, photos, souvenirs, and experiences.
- The photos, videos, and other artifacts I can share with students.
Jesus, when I make that list, somehow, it takes the fear down at least several notches…