Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Behind the Scenes

So perfect. Thanks ZTC.
Ever feel like the Skelton Crew world is all puppies and rainbows? Let me assure you, it's not. It might seem like everything just works out for us or that we're really lucky but I'm here to tell you it took a hell of a lot of work to get to where we are and it doesn't always work out smooth as butta, despite our efforts.

I had the best of intentions, I purposefully started various processes with what I thought was plenty of time left before our departure but here we are less than TWO WEEKS away from our loose date of July 4 for our departure and we're still in limbo on a few things.
  1. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center - Started this one in January, paid the fee in January. Still no documentation received.
  2. DISH Network cancellation- MAJOR PITA (Pain in the a.....ft). As soon as I have the time I need to call them a third time to request a box to return our receiver in so we won't get charged. I asked for the address so I could send it out myself but they refused to give it to me! I'm not alone in this one, turns out The Boat Galley is dealing with a similar issue. Sorry DISH, we were happy with your service but I think you lost us for good with this hassle.
  3. International pet health certificate- Got this process started in April. Got the health exam and (after a slight delay in completing the form from our vet) sent off the appropriate paperwork and payment to have the health certificate endorsed by the USDA office in Lansing. Then I got a call from a USDA vet saying that the exam was now invalid as it was more than 30 days old, it was now 32 to be exact. I mailed the form over a week before the 30 day limit would hit so I wonder where it sat at the USDA for almost a week. Whatever, return the paperwork and cancel the check. We'll just wait to get one in Florida where we would have needed a new one anyway for the Bahamas.
Then there's the stuff I just plain haven't gotten around to. Like renewing my driver's license. Or selling our cars. 

THEN there's other stuff like insurance refunds getting refunded onto a credit card we no longer have and trying to work out how we're actually going to get our grubby little hands on it, and when.

I really didn't mean for this to be such a Debbie Downer post, but there you have it; a tiny little snippet of the minute, gnat-sized details that are part of our adventure. It's not always fun and sometimes they can drive you straight loony but I know all these headaches will be worth it in the end!

On the plus side (and not to brag), we (Ron) have been knocking it out of the park with our projects these last couple of weeks! If the weather cooperates this week we might even take a short little break from projects and go on a little pre-cruise cruise...and I certainly can't complain about that! 

6 comments:

  1. Nursing CEUs done?

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    1. Absolutely! It was one of the 'must-do's' before leaving. Had a couple big conferences and did a LOT of CDC updates ;) Glad I don't have to worry about them when we're gone, that would be really annoying!

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  2. "Keep calm and sail on." Love that quote. You guys are almost at the finish line and you have done so much hard work. Take a look back at when you started the blog - you've done amazing things in such a relatively short period of time. To get out there and do this while you're still young is fabulous. Wish we would have done the same thing. Cheers - Ellen

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    1. Hey Ellen, now that is a great quote! Thanks for the reminder, it's easy to forget all that has been done sometimes isn't it?

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  3. Did you enter your Time and Effort? HA!

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    1. Of course, I did ALL my time and effort before I left. I still need to get paid :)

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