Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Still in Deland, FL

So, hi, everyone. Long time no see. Sorry I've dropped off the planet, no doubt disappointing all my faithful readers and losing most of the rest. I'm back, kind of. Or will be soon. After the disaster of the computer loss, not only did I sink into rather deep depression, but I had no way to post. Things are getting a little bit better these days. Still no computer, but the sunlight in Florida is doing wonders to clear up the depression. It's forecast for eighty degrees here this week!! That'll make anyone happy.

The news is: we ordered a replacement computer on eBay, spent a week on the boat in Daytona Beach waiting for it to arrive, only to have it come in and not work at all. It didn't even turn on. It seemed that things were going from bad to worse for our little adventure. I was ready to curse eBay and die, as Job would say, but after a long period of negotiating with the seller, he's agreed to refund us half the asking price. The deal's not closed yet, but that should allow us to either buy another computer and use the first one for parts, or to repair the first. So send good juju towards him, and pray that Karl's soldering expertise saves our behinds once again.

I've been enjoying doing nothing, especially having access to TiVo and satellite television at our friends' house, probably a little too much. Not to mention having a full kitchen again. It's definitely reminded both of us of how great life on land can be, and we've both started to look a little longingly towards Maine. But then, I remember that it's forty below up there. And eighty degrees--eighty!!--here. I reread my journals today from when we were trying to put the boat in the water, those torturous days when none of our work seemed like it would ever reach fruition, and comparing that to now made me perfectly content.

The boat is my home, now. The first one I've had in an eternity. Yes, we've spent a lot of time away, and yes, we still have a lot of money to spend before we'll be back to square one, but I can't wait until we're home again, back on the water, moving towards our eventual nonspecified goal.

Still, with all the computer debacle, I've decided to fly home to Tennessee for a week to visit my parents and my grandmother, who recently broke her hip. Karl's going to stay here and solder his heart out, and I can use the high-speed internet at my parents, hopefully to post all of our pictures from the trip. Pictures, pictures, pictures galore!

So, stay tuned. County and Marzipan and all their adventures will return soon, with a vengeance.


An-Magritt said...

That's the spirit, girl! My heart is gladdened to hear you sounding lighter. The trip to TN will do you good, charge up those saltwater batteries and ready you for the next leg of your adventure! Continued prayers, and good juju to the ebay man:)

Erica Marie Jenks Henry said...

I am glad to hear life can have it's setbacks, even when you're living in heaven on a sailboat. Kitchens and TV really aren't all that great.