My Challenges


OK, so while Ed worries about the Gobi desert, I worry about the small stuff. I wake up with these things on my mind. When asked, “What’s on your mind?” I’s actually kind of embarrassed to say how it is filled with such mundane things. I am convinced there are differences in men and women and this is one of them. Big picture-Ed. Small stuff-me, but someone has to keep life rolling along, right? My challenges, how to keep up with the laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparation, housework while getting ready for a rather major change in life style. Lists, I make lots of list and change them daily. Today, laundry, grocery shopping, (it’s Thursday, 5% discount for seniors), pick up dry cleaning, take ring in to Wentworth and Sloan, make time for daily walk (this is a necessary part of every day for both of us), keep up with friends (that means morning coffee at Cup a Joe), work on references for the three chapters in a text-book, I committed to. Well, that’s not such a small job but must be done before we leave.  Promote the novel-another big one, but needs daily attention. Then there is car prep stuff. Today, check to see if stop-watch has working battery, locate colored markers (used for checking off route), locate clip-board and put all this stuff in “Rally trip” drawer. Oh, add find sun block, mosquito repellant, map of Russia, China? (do we have one?) add  those. Then there’s the stuff for the send-off party, invitations, where to buy quality plastic plates and champagne glasses. Anyone know? I checked the Party Store, not much there. Maybe Costco? Oops, time to put clothes in dryer. One down.

Jan

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About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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