Starting in a whirlwind

Today, as I type this, I’m sitting in my friend’s kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina; the first unplanned day of my sabbatical. In just six days, it has been a whirlwind of travel, family and friends, and so much more.

Just this past weekend, I watched my youngest sister get married. It was so nice to spend some time with the parts of the Landers Clan that could make it. I just wish we could have spent more time together! Especially my brother, sister-in-law, and their son.

From there, we made it to Charleston for my wife’s birthday yesterday. That was a blast! She really enjoyed spending some time with friends.

There are still a few more days to go here, when my wife’s family arrives. I’m excited to see my in-laws (which is a pretty rare sentiment lol).

If you follow my blog, you may recall that we originally were planning on only spending a year in the Netherlands when we moved nearly four years ago. Well, today we went to our storage unit and started going through boxes. There were quite a few emotional moments when we stumbled on some of our son’s old toys. He was three when we moved, so he wasn’t really interested in any of them today. But damn, seeing that stuff was an unexpected punch in the gut. There were entire memories that had gotten lost in the sands of time.

I managed to collect my drill bits and some other tools, along with a few electronic guts from my airplane drones (like the remote camera equipment and GPS electronics — about $1k worth of wires and circuit boards). I’d really love to get back into that since moving to the Netherlands put that entire hobby on hold. I have no idea what the regulations are there, but that is what Google is for.

Most people like to fly the little helicopters, but me, personally, prefer leisurely flying high up, just crusing around. There’s nothing quite like putting the goggles on and seeing the ground far under your feet.

Beyond all the things I’m looking forward to in the next few days, I’m especially looking forward to being home.

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