"...and when you're in a slump, you're not in for much fun, un-slumping yourself is not easily done!"
Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You'll Go
You may or may not have picked up on it, but we had a tough introduction to Ft. Lauderdale. Between the crazies, sleeping in a new place every other night, and the reality of project overload, morale was low for a day or two here in the Meyers camp. It wasn't entirely obvious if you saw us on the street; but both of us were in a bit of a slump.
As much as I respect the the Seuss-man, it turns out he was wrong about that last line. For us, all it took to un-slump ourselves was to meet a couple of super awesome people and find a place to live for more than two days. Now, we're pretty much burping rainbows and farting sunshine!
On Thursday night I got an email from a guy who had recently stumbled upon our blog. He wrote that he lived here in Lauderdale, was the skipper for a private mega-yacht, and might be able to help us source things for our boat. "If you guys are up for it, we could meet up" he wrote, "In any case I'd love to hear your plans to convince my wife & I that we should be doing the same thing you are."
And meet up we did! Long story short, Travis and his wife Emily met us at the boat on Saturday to help us move Asante from the boat yard to the live-aboard slip Scott had sourced before we left. There was an instant connection and an immediate familiarity. From the minute Travis (who is Australian which means he is automatically cool) and his wife Emily (who is a fellow midwesterner which means she is nice by default) boarded Asante, I don't think the four of us stopped talking. It was great and oh so refreshing. Travis and Scott (both professional captains and fix-it enthusiasts) drove the boat from the yard to the slip, while Emily and I (both avid travelers and fans of sarcasm) drove our cars to the new apartment to put Isla down for a nap and wait for the boat to arrive. In our respective twosomes, friendships were forged and it's entirely possible sparks flew.
Which brings me to our new place... We got a great deal on a three week rental of a super cute and cozy one bedroom apartment in the building that's renting us our slip. This is fantastic for five big reasons:
- We can sleep in the same place for more than two days in a row.
- Our boat is about 100 feet from where I type.
- We have a kitchen and can stop eating cheap Mexican food and/or pizza every day.
- We don't need to live in a construction zone (aka the boat).
- We have a walk-in closet which doubles perfectly as Isla's private bedroom.
|A few pics I snapped of the place. Who wouldn't want to live here?!|
So now - with new digs and new friends - we are officially un-slumped! It's amazing how these two small changes have entirely refocused our perspective. Until, that is, we find that next big problem on the boat we didn't foresee.
Brittany, Scott & Isla