A New Year and a new life?
First off the really important stuff: Next week (on Friday) will be the Last Game Night. It will also be our going away party. If you are local and a friend PLEASE COME! I sent out an email a week ago, but I didn't have everyone's address, so I'm sorry if you didn't get word and should have.
For those of you that don't know us, this is a rather big deal. Game Night has been a weekly staple wherever we've lived for over a decade. Every Friday (that at least one of us is in town) people come to our house to play games. We have three bookcases, two of them taller than me, filled with games. There is also sushi, pizza and lots of snacks. Mostly, there is tradition. And an excuse for us to clean our apartment every week.
Scott and I have had some kind of weekly event going since we first got together practically (and yesterday was our first 26th anniversary!). Watching stupid TV, chess nights, Prisoner Nights and then Game Night. An excuse to get together with people we like and have fun. Game Night has been the longest lasting and I will miss it very much. I have no idea what will be next, but I'm sure something will eventually take it's place, and maybe even be as awesome!
About now, I expect you are wondering what's going on, well, it's complicated. The short version: everything is about to change, and our next Adventure is about to begin.
The long version: We are going on the road again. This means we are packing up our lives and putting everything back in storage (or my parents' place, which will be home base for the time being). The next month or so is going to be CRAZY. I'm frantically packing, while Scott is frantically finishing his book (technically he has finished, but he's decided to redo the first part, so he's working on that). He has a deadline of next Friday, so he will get done right before the going away party, and he's working 15+ hour days until then. On the next Monday (Feb 3), Scott is flying to Amsterdam. For a week. While he's there he has to work on the other major thing he's been working on that I'm not sure if I'm allowed to talk about or not, so I'll just say that besides doing his Amsterdam gig, he'll also be going crazy finishing up the possibly secret thing.
Scott gets back from Amsterdam on the 9th and the movers come on the 10th. On the 11th Scott and I are off to Marin Academy for a few days. We'll drive up, and get to see the girls while we're there since they are both up north in school.
But wait, there's more!
After Marin, we are back here for one day before we're flying off to Orlando where Scott is doing a talk or something. We'll do a day or two at WDW and then Scott flies one way and I fly another. Scott is off to Clarksville TN where he's teaching a class at Austin Peay. I fly here, pick up the car and the dog, and drive out to join him! We will be in Tennessee for 9 weeks. And then...
Well, actually we have no idea what we'll be doing after that. The idea is to be on the road for the next year or two, and we have some trips lined up, but not nearly enough to keep us on the road. Scott's been too busy working on all the things he has to finish, to work on booking trips, but...
Scott will have a new book out (The Sculptor, which is what he's been working on for the last several years; a gorgeous book that's 480 pages of fiction about art and love and life) and be working on the next book (a non-fiction book that I can't wait to be able to talk about or to read). So we have lots of reasons to be on the road. If you want Scott to speak somewhere, let him know (probably best to wait until March), he's not cheap, but very worth the cost...
This is the official beginning of The Two Year Plan. We've just added two years on the road to start us off. After this two years, it's on to Fairbanks, then NYC, then Portland, OR, next London, then who knows (Wellington?), for two years each. Like I said: Adventure!
And now I shall go back to panicking, which looks like it will be my constant state until I get in the (hopefully new) car and drive to Clarksville. I hope to write something at least once a week and maybe more once we are done with the current craziness. I've miss you all.