So Cindy’s 50th birthday rolls around in a few months. Considering the effort she put into my 50th I certainly needed to make efforts to make her birthday special as well. I asked her if she would prefer a large party like was done for me or going somewhere. I already was pretty confident I knew the answer, she liked the idea of going somewhere. I did some scouting out on Costco travel of some of the places she has mentioned like Ireland and Greece. The numbers I got for a 7 day trip were pretty steep.
I also threw out the idea of a cruise, something I have only done once in my life. Cindy has gone on a number of cruises and loves them. When I got home we talked more about the options. The more we talked the more it seemed like a cruise would make the most sense right now. It’s a lesser cost option that we can just drive to Miami for. I told Cindy I didn’t have a problem looking at oversea destinations in the future. However right now until we are able to get the trailer sold, it would be much better for me to look at a more scaled back option.
The idea of a birthday trip of course excited Cindy. She began looking at a bunch of options. She also realized her passport was expired so she would need to get rolling asap on getting it renewed. My passport which I needed for the grand Ireland trip my dad took us on years back is still good for another year or so. I tasked Cindy with picking out a cruise that sounded good to her, I don’t have any real preference other than it not being more than a week.
Taking time away from the house has been a real problem since we adopted chickens. Elsa is no problem as she loves staying at Ali’s place. The birds need daily cleaning/care and it has not been easy to find someone able/willing to do it. For Cindy and I, cleaning the coop is so commonplace that we think nothing of cleaning up chicken poop covered mats everyday, however for a newcomer I am sure it could seem pretty nasty. The amount of time required each day is maybe 30 minutes, probably less. Of course I am willing to pay someone to do the work but it is not easy to even come up with people to ask.
I need to be able to trust the birds will be ok while we are gone. So sometime between now and October we need to find an answer to our chicken sitting needs. It would be awesome to have a rock solid option like we have with Elsa, it would make potential vacations/road trips much less stressful to plan.