Well, it is not slowing down. This week we had a whirlwind of events. The school camping trip over last week, the last day of school, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) two day school camp in Fossil, Oregon as well as the end of swim team, swim classes and little league baseball. All in the last seven days. That doesn’t even take into account the regular work/life responsibilities that Kelvin and I are doing; work, house up keep, occupational therapy for the boys, our jobs. You know the drills.
So, the countdown continues towards our departure date and I am, quite honestly, getting a bit
freaked out anxious. The pace of folks interacting with us to start saying good-bye has increased and that feels like this all has gotten really, really REAL!
l had a crazy interaction with Kelvin in the middle of the night when I was looking at travel information and stumbled on cheap flights from Australia to Bali. There was a sale on JetStar and I was clicking around thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights (woo hoo). I found an amazing rate but, in a 36 hour window that was a different departure date than we originally planned.
I wasn’t sure when the rates would expire so, I nudged Kelvin to ask him what he thought.
Picture this, he is sound asleep next to me and I am stage whispering, “What do you think of these dates? And look at these rates!”
“Uh-huh”, he said.
“Do you think we should do it?!” I asked in another loud stage whisper.
“Okay,..(big pause).. whatever you think….” he mumbled.
“Whew”, I exhaled. And I grinned!
So, I bought tickets after double checking the rate in Australian dollars to US Dollars, the timing for our Australian visas, places to stay for the extra days, etc. My first card declined. This was a fraud alert that card was concerned that someone was buying airline tickets in the middle of the night in Australian Dollars for departures and destinations that were nowhere near where the card was being used. So, I used another and no problem, purchase made.
I was literally standing in our office pacing around, recounting all the calculations in my head and then pushed ‘Click to Purchase’ and jumped back to see what would happen. What happened was, we now have four tickets to Bali that cost about $160 each. Not too shabby!
The next morning as I danced around Kelvin as he drank his first cup of coffee I smiled brightly. We have an agreement that I don’t ask questions that I want answers for until he has consumed his first cup of coffee. I was impatiently peeking in his cup and he said, “What is up”.
I burst out, “Are you excited!?”.
He cocked his head and squinted his eyes, “For what?”, he asked.
“Our tickets to Bali!”, I exclaimed.
His eyes narrowed as he said, “Does this have something to do with the conversation you were trying to have with me while I was asleep?”
“Yes!” I beamed, “We’re going to Bali!!”
He slowly smiled, “Well, Okay…when do we arrive?”
That is not the way I should plan most of our steps but, it worked out this time. With all the steps to get ready that sieze my stomach in cramps, these moments make me feel like it is all worth it.
The check list will continue…and I’ll get you up-to-date on our progress. Thanks for reading!