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Monday, September 7, 2009

Homeless and jobless....by choice of course!

No more countdown!!!
We are officially homeless and jobless...its a lot more work than I expected!
The biggest worry is over, and my darling cats have found a new home. Thank goodness!! I miss them so much already, but I know that they are in good hands. I was fortunate enough to find a lovely woman on Saltspring Island to care for Cola and Jebus. Last I heard they were warming up to her and becoming more social, which is a good thing, because the moved proved to be very traumatic for all of us. It took us 5 hours each way to get them to the island, all the while, Cola had her head burried in my armpit and wouldn't budge, and Jebus was a nervous wreck. They were super mad at me when we got to where we were going and as a result I had to leave them without a final snuggle, as I couldn't reach them in the far corner under the bed where they had stationed themselves.

After taking the cats to Saltspring, we had to bring our motorcycles over to Victoria to put into storage. We had a nice final ride in the sun with Corey Lekas then put our bikes away for the next two years. Boo....

Now we are in the Kootenays. We have been here for the past week and leave tomorrow to visit with Owen's dad in Victoria before heading down to Desert Hot Springs to visit with Owen's mom and her husband Wayne. Its been nice not having to work, and we've been taking advantage the leisurely life. Its nice to spend some time with our families, and they are sure going to be missed over the next couple of years.

Our bags are packed, and have been unpacked and repacked a number of times to ensure that everything fits. Owen actually had to return his backpack (as I had to do also) in exchange for a larger one, and even then, its a tight fit. Even after narrowing everything in my bag down to what I thought was the bare essentials, I still had to cut out some more clothing. The final count is as follows:

  • 2 Pairs of walking shorts
  • 2 pairs of surf shorts
  • 2 pair of pants
  • 2 bikinis
  • 3 t shirts
  • 1 long sleeved shirt
  • 3 tank tops
  • 4 pair of socks
  • 3 pair of underwear
  • 1 hoody
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 summer dress

That's it. I had to cut out a pair of pants, 2 t-shirts, 2 tank tops and some socks. They were just taking up too much room. Hopefully I use everything I bring, otherwise, its getting left behind somewhere in Mexico.

As some of you may already know, while we are in Melaque, Owen and I will be rebuilding the skateboard ramp (mini ramp) that we started when we were there a couple of years ago. We have managed to raise about $600 so far to donate towards purchasing the materials needed for the ramp. We also have a Mexican friend who is a musician and will be holding a concert when we are there and donating all the proceeds towards the ramp as well. It should be amazing. The kids there are super excited, as are we!! We also received a large donation of skateboard clothing, which we will be bringing to Mexico as well to donate to the kids who need it. I am really looking forward to being able to help some people out. If any of you are interested in donating to the cause, you can do so through the donate now button on this page and just leave a note that the donation is for the skate park project. Also, check out the group on Facebook-A skate park project: fundraising to share the love worldwide. I will keep you all posted on the ramp progress and post some pics of it when we are finished.

Well, I'm off to see a movie with my dad...so next update will likely be from either California or Mexico.



Joie said...

you kept the dress!!! I would have for sure thought that would have been lost for sake of keeping a pair of pants or a t-shirt...
miss you dude, keep each other safe, and I'm glad the kitties found another loving home for now.

hope all is well.
Jo and Aran.

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin and Owen,
If you come to Costa Rica before January let me know and we can get together. On east coast now and will be in Central valley in Oct to Dec.
Good luck on your journey. xoxo Uncle Gary

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