What did we do Before Google?

Before Google CartoonI have a nightly ritual with dad: come home, sit down beside him, ask him how his day was, tell him what I learned on google today, and then grill him about a boat project.

For example, last night I told him about reading about people using teak backing plates for their thruhulls and the price of an electric windlass on http://www.google.com/shopping (which is a magnificent tool PS). Then I had him talk me through how to install a windlass, how to make the backing plates look nice inside a vberth, how to route the drain hose, whether cockpit drain hoses really need to be crossed, how to install new batteries, replace interior lights, connect wires that are too short, connect wires that are different sizes, and renovate the electrical panel.

Did you know you’re meant to put a drip-loop into wires?? To stop water leaks from running into your connections and shorting them out? I sure didn’t. Panic.

Reminds me of sailing around Vancouver Island and putting up a spinnaker pole on the Genoa for the first time… nobody told me that you connect it before you haul the damn sail out, so I did a fancy little dance on deck and threaded it on with the full Genoa out and pulling. Dad nearly died when he heard this story. Regardless, the second time I put up a pole it was a heck of a lot easier. *sigh*

These are the kind of nitty gritty details that give me a huge appreciation for all that Dad knows and did to build Synchronicity… as well as how much I still have to learn.

And cram into this over-stuffed little brain of mine.

Or google at a future date.

Thank God we aren’t trying to do this BG.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

It’s my Birthday today.

As I flipped through the pages of my Leah-ness book, I found the entry from September 25th, 2010:

“Dear Leah,

Tweny-two was the first year of your own making, and it went so well. 23 is not set in stone; no contracts have been signed. You can do whatever you want to do. You can go live abroad again, or find a 9-5 job (Landell?), or live in Maine, or write a book, or build a log cabin, or buy a boat, or build a boat, or give up boating altogether. Really, you can do whatever you want.

The catch —

For there is always a catch —

Is that one year from now, when you sit down to review your last 12 months, when you find a blank page and a pencil and begin to write…

The words should rush to fill the page
A smile should light your soul
Memories should flash across your mind

And you should be able to say that every decision you made, every single choice you faced, you made the decision that brought you one step closer to your dreams. Where you maybe are now? Please??

Crush your dreams Leah, but enjoy the journey too.



And today? What can I say today?

I can say that as I wrote the review of this year, the words truly did rush to fill the page. I worried that it would be the “sacrifice year” of “office work” and “routines” and “the dreaded 9-5”.

What I found instead was a year of growth, of enjoying the difference my 8 hours a day could make to the dreams of others; the fruitfulness of living at home, without a car, to the balance of my “boat fund”; the joys of weekends and bagged lunches and Bikram yoga and paid vacations and boat-hunting and chasing goals and working hard for something important to me, and discovering that not only did that make it possible, it could be part of the fun too.

One year ago, I knew I wanted a boat and a sailing future — now, today, I am excited to know that Brio is waiting for us, that this has really happened, and that despite all predictions to the contrary, I enjoyed the journey as much as the destination. Even the damn dress code 🙂

So thank you, Leah, for making this a year to be proud of.

And if you are reading this one year from now:

Remember to appreciate what it took, to laugh at the memory of it all, to stop and breathe and tingle with the wonder and the delight and the fullness of it all, and to generously give of your heart and love and spirit.

Above all Leah, enjoy this year — and live with Brio.


Your newly-24 self.

Making a wish for the coming year


Celebrating with my amazing family

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