Day 209, Year 2: D-day
Date: Monday, November 19, 2007
Weather: Bright and Sunny Day
Location: Bundaberg Port Marina, Australia

Today was D-day on Windbird–Decision Day. We simply can’t get everything done that is on our list before leaving for the US next Monday, so we are having to prioritize and work faster at getting the important things done. I have one more morning of varnishing and that will be done. We started cleaning the stainless on deck today and will try to wax the hull tomorrow. We can reach one side from the dock, but without a dinghy in the water, the other side might have to wait until we can borrow
someone’s dinghy. We have taken all our halyards (lines) down and put them in storage, so there’s no way to get our dinghy off our deck and into the water. I’ve started gathering all of the things to be packed and taken home, but I don’t think there is any way we can take all we want and stay within the weight limits. Again, we will have to prioritize and some things will have to be left here.

Today was Paul’s birthday, so we went out to dinner with Paul and Marie to celebrate. They are keeping busy with the paperwork necessary when selling a boat in a foreign port–lots and lots of paperwork. We are frustrated with too much to do and they are frustrated with rules and regulations, so tonight was a nice, relaxed evening out that gave us all a needed break.

Early this morning we talked with Heather, Jed, and Sam via Skype. This grand baby is something to watch in action. Heather promises I will lose weight trying to keep up with him. We both had our web cams going today and Sam seemed to have a greater than usual interest in watching the computer screen. He is always trying to grab the video camera, but today he was doing that and he was watching and listening to us. We were able to take some Skype still shots that definitely show his determined
nature. Can’t wait to hold him, or run after him, when we get home next week. For now, I’d better keep running to get things done here.