May 27, 2010

ROAD TRIP!

These two words are front and center of my weary brain—weary because my whirlwind decision to embark on a new adventure has resulted in a whirlwind unloading of 95% of my possessions (you would be surprised how painful letting go of a coffee maker can be); and front and center because . . . well, I'm doing it! I'm moving from Texas to Florida BY MYSELF!

I know. I'm wearing my big girl panties, but it's still a huge deal for me.

To help christen my journey into a new life, my sister is flying out from Phoenix to take to the highways with me on a girls' road trip. Austin to Ocala, baby! The last time we hit the pavement together was Spring Break 1976 and our destination was Rocky Point, Mexico. Si, amigos. El Baja. That trip was memorable for the many things that qualified as "shit you can't make up," and I'm torn between wishing for an uneventful, leisurely trip this time or one so fantastic that I won't need to make shit up. I even bought a groovy digital camera to record anything outrageous—just for you guys. Frankly, I'll be disappointed if I can't brag about at least something weirderific. Like what if there's an old broad tootling around naked in a red hooptie? And what if she's got a buddy and she's naked too? And they're laughing hysterically and snapping photos of people's shock as they drive by. I mean, if I can talk my sister into it, imagine the looks we'd get! Totally worth the cost of the camera, I'm betting.

I know. Just how juvenile can I get? Well, depends on if I can talk my sister into it or if she leaves me on the side of the road.

So there you have it. When last I blogged, I hinted at big changes on the horizon. Leaving the city I've called home for most of the last 17 years is a leap of faith in my commitment to make my dream a reality. The net promises to appear wherever and however I land so I can concentrate on my writing. What cool stuff is going to manifest in my future? Who will I meet? How will my life be changed?

I know. It's the hap-hap-happiest of horseshit, but it's MY horseshit, and I believe in it.

Wish me Vaya con destiny, people. I'll post some of our journey next week.

46 comments:

Danica said...

Good luck to you!!! Enjoy your new adventure. Happy road trip as well!

daisyfae said...

adventure awaits! rock on, sister!

phd in yogurtry said...

Filled with admiration and curiosity, here. Wow. You go, girlfriend! Keep us posted on whatever it is that awaits you.

Cindy said...

Best wishes and a prayer for safe travel. I'm almost excited for you...no, I am excited for you.
We look at houses online in Ocala a lot...well, "We" meaning my husband Jim does. I'm proud of your ability to let go of the stuff.
Meanwhile, my mind and emotions go back and forth..Nebraska,Florida,Nebraska, Florida...
My Motherinlaw is in Ocala, and 3 sisterinlaws and 2 brother in laws...all people that we cruise with (Cruises...like cruiseships)...anyhoo, blessings.

Alix said...

Three cheers for happy horseshit and a brand new neighbor.

I COUNT THE DAYS.

Let me know when the dust settles Frag, so we can hang out and drink mucho Margaritas.

I'm so excited. Austin's loss is DEFINITELY my gain. Welcome to Florida, chica!

XO XO XO XO

Casa Hice

injaynesworld said...

That is HUGE! God bless ya, girlfriend! 'Cause you've just gotta shake things up once in a while. I can hardly wait to see how this story of yours unfolds.

Woo-hoo!

mac said...

You have an adventurous spirit!


Throw out all the junk you wish, but please, keep that winning smile :-)

I'll be down that way later this summer to visit my folks. I'll blow the horn as I drive by or something ;-)

Bella said...

that sounds kewl as hell, grrrrl! and a few road trip antics will keep it interesting! wise decision on that camera too...I'll be waiting for that update! travel safe.

TechnoBabe said...

This is just so cool. I am glad for you and I know whatever adventures are in your horizon you will be ready and meet them head on. Best wishes on your move and have a blast on the road trip with your sister. Don't get a sunburn while you are standing at the side of the road naked!!

I'm Jane said...

Sounds very exciting and liberating and crazy and awesome! Enjoy it!!!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Have the most fun on the trip. Proud of your bravery and wish you the best.

Too many people at dinner the other night, didn't get to say how I support your success and guts. Too busy figuring out how I will visit you in Florida. So much for me and affirmatives!

Road trip - love it! Pictures. Definitely need pictures.

Gaelyn said...

Right On Girl! You should follow your dream. Hope you and Sis have a Thelma & Louise journey. Well maybe minus the ending. But it would be hard to drive off a very big cliff in Fla.

Snappy Di said...

Oh, such awesomeness! BUT, wait... what happened to the boyfriend? Did I miss something? Are you leaving him behind? WAH?

DI
The Blue Ridge Gal
(Did you buy a new bikini to go with the you to Florida cuz you know you are gonna need one)

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

I guess Fredericksburg is out of the question now! Happy trails, my friend! Vaya con Dios!

Kristina P. said...

Good for you! Good luck on your new adventure.

The Jules said...

Sounds exciting!

I've lived all over England and Wales, but probably never moved as far as you're going to now, so best of luck.

I've been to Florida.

S'nice.

Alison said...

Hey, what an adventure! I'm all for them. Just think of all the excitement ahead of you. Starting with the road trip of course! (How do I link my name to my email address??)

foxy said...

I'm so glad you're going for it, but we'll miss you immensely in A-town.

Safe travels, my friend.

xoxo

ellen abbott said...

Well, I'm definitely disappointed that you are leaving the state before we got a chance to hook up but wow, how exciting to have such a big change and a new life of your own choosing. so where's the details? How did this opportunity come up and what exactly is the opportunity? give girl.

Jocelyn said...

Poodle, your excitement makes me smile. I can't wait for details of new life as it unfolds under the sun.

Everyday Goddess said...

you sound so happy! i love that! all the best to you!

Casey Freeland said...

Fantastic! Lovely! Wonderful! Get naked and have a blast and good luck on your adventure.

Pat said...

Wow! You are a brave soul! Good luck and have a great journey! For fun quirky tourist attractions to see along the way, visit www.roadsideamerica.com. Type in the town you are driving through, and if there is anything to see, it will show up on the map. Pretty cool!

I can't wait to hear and update from you!

Suzy said...

I LOVE change. AND road trips. AND moving to new cities. Bon Voyage!

Irish Gumbo said...

Go, girl! Hells to the yeah!

darsden said...

Congrats on pulling on those big girl panties..YOU will LOVE Florida! I lived in the panhandle for almost 12 years...loved it! Hollar as your passing through Mississippi Girl... there is a Mickie D's for coffee or cocktails with our names on them :-)

Julie Jeffs said...

Congratulations. Know how you felt, did the same thing a couple years ago when I left Nor. Calif. for Nashville.

Have a great trip and here's to wonderful things at your destination!

only a movie said...

Very exciting. Wishing you lots of fun and luck.

Bernie said...

Just after I met you and now you are going to move. You're such a little thing to be going out on such a big journey! I am glad your sister is going with you. I hope she is not as nuts as you tho or you could really get into trouble.

It was fun meeting you at the wedding. Keep in touch. I'm sure Julie will be missing you a lot.

carma said...

You've got guts girl!! Good luck with everything. Enjoy the adventure :-)

De Campo said...

Righteous.

I'm a huge advocate of throwing caution to the wind and vacating ones comfort zone.

middlesister said...

sure you went to lots to get here. Congrats and sail on

Madame DeFarge said...

Sounds great. And we need to hear all about it too. Good on you for making such a big move, big and brave.

creative kerfuffle said...

sounds like a great adventure! can't wait to hear about the road trip w/ your sister--what fun.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Well! I obviously have some catching up to do! Florida??? Did you get a job at the new Harry Potter theme park?

Sabrae Carter said...

Good luck to ya! I know I was scared to death when I moved from Ohio to Georgia ALONE on a bus for 17 1/2 hours! lol

Eternally Distracted said...

It all sounds too fabulous for words... but I find it difficult to be silent...

Soooooo, hope you are having a great time and that your move brings you all you ever dreamed of AND MORE

darsden said...

Happy Traveling and don't forget if you find yourself at I-10 -605 interchange loop... I am less than a 1/2 mile from there for coffee or Soda's ;-)

Brian Miller said...

woohoo! chase those dreams...i wish you safe travels and grand adventures...

Red Shoes said...

"Road Trip, HELL!!!"

This is an ADVENTURE!!!!

~shoes~

Joanna Jenkins said...

YEAH YOU!!!!! Good luck and safe travels.
I'm so excited for you.
jj

Michelle Wells Grant said...

The road stretches gloriously before you and you're at the wheel. I'm thinking about you .....

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Wow! Update us ASAP! You didn't let the computer go the way of the coffee maker did you? :-)

Julie said...

Whoa! I'm just now reading this! HUGE move!!!! How's it going???

Lori said...

Wow! How fantastic is this! I am so happy for you...I have been gone for some time and my first visit back here is reading about this wonderful adventure...such courage...and yet it doesn't surprise me. I have so missed visiting you here and God willing I will be back to read you again soon. Blessings to you on this new adventure my friend. I am so proud of you!!! XX Lori

Michele R said...

Can't wait to read more of your journey. Will you be cheering for the FL Gators soon? You know you will.