It’s Better in the Bahamas

October 8, 2015


It’s official: We’re Bahamas bound!

Right now the plan is to sail south in November with the goal of making it to the Bahamas sometime in January. Of course, the timing isn’t great in a lot of ways, one being that the poor Bahamas have just been pummeled by Joaquin. Not to mention that we’re nowhere near ready to go yet (but we’re working on it, furiously, updates to come!). There is also the outstanding matter of giving notice at the job I just started a month ago. (If you happen to know where I work, please keep this under your hat for the time being!) This last part has been weighing on me a lot, especially because I really like the job and my coworkers are amazing. But we have to seize this opportunity while we can, so we’re taking a couple of deep breaths and forging ahead with our plans.

Wish us luck! And let us know if you want to meet up in the Bahamas this winter.


Get Your Motor Runnin’

September 20, 2015


It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. A long time filled with a lot of hard work, soul searching, self-doubt, and impatience. It’s been three (long!) years since we brought Mata Hari to New Jersey and in that time not a lot has gone according to plan. Like that whole “We’ll fix her up and sail off to the Bahamas in two years” plan. Nope, three years later we are still here. That’s where my best skill, being really patient (not!), has come in really handy.

But we’re finally making a little progress. Rich spent the last two months working tirelessly to install our beautiful new engine, and suddenly with the sound of our pretty new Beta 38 purring in our ears, things are looking up.

We were hoping to do a little sailing this weekend (you mean people actually sail these things?), but instead Rich’s got his nose to the grindstone at the shop making our new countertops and icebox. Meanwhile I’m at home trying to get some chores done, but I’m still in recovery mode after a long night working at Glamour on Friday until 4 a.m. (Getting a little old for these 18-hour workdays…) But since I can’t do the heavy lifting, working extra hours is my big contribution around here. Well, that and making a lot of pillows and daydreaming about spending this winter in the Bahamas. Who knows, that dream might be getting a little closer now that we have a working engine! Stay tuned…