We are planning to rest, relax,recover and rejoice! Yep, No work or worry on our agenda today. We have begun our day with coffee while we give the cats some love. So far we are undecided what direction our relaxing day will take. We have toyed around with the idea of a hike and a picnic, or possibly a bike ride, since Scott spent the better part of yesterday revamping our very neglected bicycles . Then we thought about the possibility of a train ride into the city to wonder and explore, which we always love to do. Culminating in dinner near the water so that after it gets dark we can go see the new light display on the Bay Bridge. Then again… we do need to do a bit of shopping for a few things we know we will need to bring with us to Panama. Given the fact that we just have about six more weekends left before our departure we really might need to try to gather the last few items we are planning to pack into our container to ship over to Panama. We have a list of a few essentials that we know will not be easy to find or at least easy to find for economical cost and of decent quality.
Well, it’s 5:00 now and we just got back to the apartment from a leisurely but productive day shopping. Yep, we settled on working on our list of goodies we need to purchase. Neither Scott nor myself are really big shoppers. We both agree that Malls are to be avoided as much as possible. Unfortunately today the mall was an unavoidable destination. We were on a mission to purchase a few things that we know will either be hard to find in Panama or will be more costly to purchase there. Bedding , sheets, a new Duvet cover, Towels and a few electronic items. We also needed to go to the pet store to buy a pair of heavy duty pet grooming clippers so we can give the cats a bit of a trim. They have some very bad mats in their fur and being long haired cats, its really impossible to comb them out. Another thing we decided we would see if we could find is some sort of bag to attach to our bicycles so we can ride to the market or ride somewhere for a picnic if we decided to . We found the perfect bag that is water proof and easy to attach to the bikes. Another thing I needed is a good, light weight rain coat . I have a heavy rain coat but I think In Boquete one needs more protection from the rain than the cold. I found just what I had in mind at REI. We ended up going to Stanford shopping center to look at Macy’s for linens but after discovering how expensive sheets and towels are we decided we could try shopping online maybe Overstock .com? Surly we can manage to find something a bit more affordable? Scott’s big mission today was pricing a new stereo and speakers. We spent a lot of time listening to many different brands of speakers and attempting to find a price range that works for our budget. This is Scotts area, I’m not in the ‘know’ about sound systems nor do I particularly care about speakers and such. (Insert eye roll right about here). But I do care about having the latest and greatest Kindle! Scott has inherited my current Kindle and I just picked up the Paper White version today, yippee! I do enjoy reading on my iPad but when reading outside, say on the beach or in a park, it’s impossible to see the back-lit screen on the iPad. There! That’s my justification for getting myself a shiny new one, (thats my story and I’m sticking to it!) I think the last few things that Scott needs he has to order from Grizzly(this is equivalent to Macy’s for tool lovers!), that would be big tools he thinks he will need while pursuing woodworking as a hobby. A Lathe, a planer, and a air filtration system, also a drum sander are on his wish list( Wooo Hooo!). That should do it for our pre-move purchasing, except for maybe a few replacement pots and pans that he may need to get. It’s important to make sure the cook has all the proper tools!
Although we originally had a couple of much more fun ideas for our day to relax, we still had a good time doing something that gets us ready for our new life. In the next few weeks we will want to find time to spend with friends and family and we will soon realize that we don’t have all that much time for prep work. We have a treat planned for Sunday, April 21, Jason and Caroline (our friends who live in Santa Cruz) have invited us to go out sailing with them and then out to dinner. We are really looking forward to spending time with them. It may be the last time we have to spend a day with them so we plan to really enjoy every moment we have. My daughter Mariah’s Birthday is coming up and I hope to still be here for that , it’s May25 so I’m not positive that we will still be here. She is planning an evening at the Top Of The Mark , up in the City. I was really hoping to have time for one more Mother Daughter Trip to Disneyland but time is running out and I,m just not sure how we will fit that in. I have two gift card to The Spa At Pebble Beach that I gotta get busy and use soon! I’m working on arranging time for that. As you can see, a day like today when we can leisurely get things done together is about to become very rare. I’m glad we were able to be somewhat productive while we enjoyed the day, of course the pitcher of Sangria with our lunch added to our leisurely approach to our day. We’re almost there! Our Adventure is fast approaching and we are ready!