This is us on Catalina Island, a couple of months before our Chilean adventure begins.
Right now we are getting ready to go. Selling stuff, giving stuff away, visiting friends and family, packing, getting visas (complicated and boring), seeing as much of L.A. as we can, and generally loving the process. We have a bucket list that mostly includes food. We must go to Nichol’s in the Marina for the best egg sandwich ever made, Ronnie’s Dinner on Culver for a Chorizo Bowl, Cactus on Vine for the best tacos in L.A., Father’s Office in Culver City for a burger, and The Griddle on Sunset for some giant pancakes! Also we’d like to get back to The Upright Citizens Brigade before we take off.
I quit my job about a week ago and have become half house-girlfriend-half personal secretary to Tom. It’s been nice and actually much busier than I thought it would be. As it turns out talking to the Chilean Consulate and the Department of Justice and Kaiser and trying to coordinate all of the things we need for a visa is a full time job. Believe it or not, talking to the government is not enjoyable. Especially when you are on a super tight timeline and your future pretty much depends on their cooperation.
It hasn’t been all work though; we go swimming every morning (which is a fantastic way to start the day) and today we had a nice long lunch. Last Friday I got to go to work with Tom because his company was having a lunchtime BBQ to celebrate our going away to Chile and to just generally say goodbye for a bit since everyone in the company seems to be going out of town/the country for awhile at the same time. I like bring your girlfriend to work day, more companies should encourage that :)
I’m pretty excited that my worldly possessions have been narrowed down from what fit into a large moving truck a year ago to about four boxes and about a quarter of the wardrobe I had a year ago. It’s a pretty freeing feeling. As Tom would say I’m “foot loose and fancy free”, which basically just means I can go wherever I want now without having to haul around a bunch of meaningless crap. Like I said, it’s a nice feeling!
Well that’s it for now, first post is done, lots more to come, probably mostly involving food :)