|The first wave of provisions...there were more to come!|
One thing I found helpful was the fact that I provisioned in shifts, meaning I made four or five trips to various stores to get what we needed. It doesn't sound efficient, but it was less overwhelming for me and much easier for Scott to stow things away this way. Our day went like this: I'd run out while Scott worked on the boat making space. I'd return with all the groceries, shuttle them to the boat, give Isla some cuddles, put every item into a spreadsheet (I will share later) while Scott removed everything from it's cardboard packaging, re-stored it in a ziplock or snap tight container, and tucked it all away with the precision of a packaging engineer. Then, I'd run out and do it all again. This is how it went from 8am to 5pm yesterday and after a half a tank of gas, five runs, and probably six hours of straight-up organizing, we have a fairly well provisioned boat. I say "fairly well" because only time will tell how I did and we all know how much I despise this task.
All in all, it was a very productive day and the boat is now 95% ready to go (famous last words, right?). We still have a few small projects to complete today; oil changes, one or two more runs to purchase fresh food/beer/wine, topping off water...etc. but other than that, we feel dangerously close to the finish of one chapter, and the beginning of another. It's pretty surreal. We're still hoping to be able to leave mid-week, but we're watching weather closely and will keep you posted. In the meantime, it's back to the store for me!