For the past 9 years I’ve had less than 30 minutes of commute a day, total. Today I commuted a total of 3 hours. The two bike segments home were directly into the wind, with killer traffic, in my lowest gear. I got home and met Vick and the kids in the parking lot and spent nearly an hour searching for food and clothing in the ManVan.
Tonight, with winds howling at ~20 knots in the harbor, we finally relented to the worsening head smell in our cabin. It was obvious what needed to be done but with the cold and wind and dark, we were hoping it could wait until morning. Not so. After one aborted attempt for a pump out at the fuel dock (turns out that pump out must have gone away when they relocated the fuel dock) we headed back to our slip to do some reconnaissance on foot. Once I had confirmed that we could get over and back to the Emery Cove pump out we pushed off again and made our way over, did the deed, and got Convivia back into her slip.
Next on the docket was filling up the water tanks. These tanks seem to need a filling at least once a week, if not more often, and always on the least agreeable nights.
I could enumerate the arguable shortcomings till the cows come home but I won’t ‘cuz I love it. I love the immediacy of life aboard. Really, the heads are backing up. That’s not a job you can “just do tomorrow.” I love being close to my family. Really close. I’m making coffee in the morning and I can hear the very moment that Ruby wakes up. I know the little “‘morning Ruby” that I sing out to her gets her day started right.
I love that since day one on Convivia, Miles has slept in his own berth and (with only a few exceptions) slept soundly through the night. He wakes up happy too. I love that. The kids seem to genuinely love this home too. I love Vick’s easy smile, and the fact that she is wearing it more than ever lately.
There are little things too, like lying here in this sea berth, typing this post up, while Vick types her email on the settee below. I can reach out and touch her… just like that. Its simple, intimate, immediate, and real. Just the way I want my life to be.