Time flies when you are not ruled by the clock

Since I haven’t been working it seems like my days go by very quickly. I wake up turn around and it’s 1400. February is almost over. I’ve been on leave now for 24 days. I’ve been putting off any kind of exercise whatsoever but it’s about time I finally get my butt in gear.

I’m excited but a little concerned about being a solo, female, black, middle aged, low-budget traveler. Therefore, I’ve been reading a lot of travel blogs and other travel related articles in the name of research to prepare myself for my future round the world travel. Eventually I’ll just need to pick up my backpack, get out there and just do it. Hopefully I’ll be prepared. I know that I can’t plan for every contingency but I’m smart enough to realize that luck favors the prepared.

To kind of get myself into the groove of things I’ll be starting my trip in the Caribbean (comfortable territory). My journey begins in October. On 9 October 2012 I’ll fly from New York to Puerto Rico and from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas. Spend two weeks in St. Thomas and then fly on a one way ticket to Dominica via Antigua. I’m hoping to visit a few other islands and return to New York by mid Decemer  December 2012 for a pre-scheduled engagement. Image

 

Easing into it

I’ve been on leave now for one week and it feels good to know that when this leave is over I won’t be rushing back to anything. I don’t have to worry about my inbox being overrun with unanswered emails nor problems needing to be solved upon my return. When this leave is over I’ll be retired. After 20 years, 4 months, and 10 days I’ll officially be MSgt Pond, Retired. That has a good ring to it I think.

I haven’t done much upon my return to the United States. I’ve just been taking advantage of the fact that I have no place to be when I wake up in the morning. I’ve been spending time with my sister and her family. I’m living with them now until I figure out what I’m going to do next.

I did make one purchase. I got an iPhone, it was 99 cents. I needed a phone anyway (I lost my phone in Chicago in 2009 on my way to South Korea) since my account was going to be on hold anyway I never replaced it). When I went in to reactivate my account I was eligible for an upgrade. I’m now figuring out how to use the phone with help from my 14-year-old nephew.