Here's what we are up to now...
- We will be in Atlanta for another couple of weeks and are really enjoying our time here. Last weekend we drove through the Smoky Mountains which were beautiful and I tried boiled peanuts for the first time which were yummy!
- Our next stop--for sure since we already have our tickets--will be Las Vegas for the last week of June. Hubby and the brother-in-law will be doing the World Series of Poker tournament. Depending on how well they do we could leave when our tickets say or we could end up staying for three or four weeks until the end of the tournament (if we need up staying until the end of the tournament that's a good thing--it means he will place in the money. First place is around $8 MILLION dollars!)
- We are scheduled to be back in Seattle for the 4th of July! I will be happy to catch up with my friends. We talk on the phone and keep in touch via FaceBook but I feel so "out of the loop" so I am really looking forward to seeing them!
- Our future plans (subject to change...usually about every other day) include: going to Japan in August instead of September as planned. House sitting for a cousin in Seattle for the month of September. Going to Connecticut for the month of October (for another poker tournament, the World Poker Tour). And going to the Philippines in November. Of course our plans keep changing so who knows. We were going to spend the rest of the summer in Seattle (the most beautiful time of year there) but a cousin wanted us to house sit so we decided to move up our Japan travel plans which may or may not work out (we get free flights to Asia via the military but as retirees, we are in the very lowest category which means we get on the plane if and when all of the active duty, active duty dependants, baggage, and military gear gets on and there is still enough room to squeeze us in...it's kind of a hit or miss thing but it is FREE which is great).
- I'm really feeling like I want a home again. I have been looking at home prices and now seems like a great time to buy...we just don't know where. Seattle is nice but prices are a bit higher and the gloomy weather for six months of the year is a bummer. Atlanta is nice (I love the hot, humid weather) but they have had so many tornado watches while we have been here I'm not sure if I want to live in tornado alley (but home prices are super low here). We are going to look at houses in Las Vegas while we are there because prices are so low and with hubby being a poker player, he will be right in the middle of the action. I am not, however, a fan of hot, dry, deserty places. Finally, family keeps telling us to move to Connecticut where most of the family lives but there are quite a few downsides including higher home prices, cold, snowy winters (two days of snow like Seattle gets on occasion is OK, two weeks or two months of snow is not OK), and higher taxes.
- On the business side, I am bored silly. After six months of not working, all I can think about is starting a business and making some money. Again, where we settle will have an impact on this as well. In Seattle, I have a lot of business contacts which could really help with new projects. In Las Vegas I have heard the business climate is not so good (rumor only so I will need to check this out), Atlanta seems to have a pretty good business climate but I will have to literally start from the ground up since I know exactly two people in this entire city, and Connecticut would be a happy medium between Seattle and Atlanta because many of our family members are business owners so at least I would know some people there to help me get started.
- Finally, the siren call of materialism has been trying to catch my attention lately. Or maybe I am tired of wearing the same four pairs of pants and same four pairs of shoes that I brought with me when we started traveling in February. I want some beautiful clothes, some beautiful shoes, and a couple of nice designer handbags (I just don't have room to carry all of this stuff around the country with us!). Then I was in TJ Maxx a few days ago and all of their home and kitchen decor looked so beautiful, but then I have a flashback to selling everything in our home for pennies on the dollar and decide that I need to find a happy--and inexpensive--medium between having nice things and the money that it costs to buy these things.
That's about it for now. Limbo.