Driving home into Florida for the last time today. The next time we leave it will be to move to Thailand. I love Florida so this is kind of bittersweet.
I will be travelling to Chiang Mai the first week in March with a stop to do some work in Eastern Europe on the way. I can't detail everything at this point so I'll fill in what I can when it's done.
Every day the goal is to cross one or two more things off the list.
The stuff that has to be done before we move is getting shorter but there is still so much more! We’re heading up to Michigan this week for a conference and we’ll stop off in St Louis on the way to drop of some furniture and other things with Lisa’s sister.
I really hope that Detroit get’s back to the mild weather that they have had until the last few days. I have a race a few days after we get back so I really don’t want to interrupt my running in any way, certainly not be sidelined by snow!
My training has been pretty awesome even with all of the move stuff happening. Just a couple more months and three more races till we leave and at that point who knows. There isn’t really a running culture in Thailand and next to no races. Perhaps I’ll transition to focusing more on the bike.
I haven’t had much time in the last couple of weeks between Christmas, New Year, and all of the stuff for playing with and mixing. Add on top of that all that is happening to prepare for the move and it’s been too much to write about!
So preparations are going well. I painted a bathroom which just leaves one more bathroom and a bedroom to go. I can’t believe those rooms have sat unpainted for over five years! Nothing like needing to rent your house to focus you on getting all the odd jobs done.
Lisa has been photographing everything so that we can post everything that is for sale, and since it really is just about everything, it’s a lot of photos! Not to mention a lot of cleaning and cataloging.
We have pretty much decided that we will not do any cross cultural training here in the States before we go, but we will try to get in a program there. This means that we will be able to move in June. Working back from that we will need to go to Detroit one last time before we leave, so we should be in Michigan the end of May. Working back from that it means we only have about 18 weeks or so to go! Yikes!
One last thing. I’m hoping that I’ll get to go to Chiang Mai for 7-10 days in early March to tag along on some meetings. This will help me meet some people and get acclimated to some of the work I will be doing. It will also be nice to just look around although there won’t be much time for that. It would still make the move just a tad less scary having actually visited first.
15 miles for the last run of the year. 1791 miles total in 2011