I kicked off January 2023 with many good intentions for our life on a boat – eating healthy, exercising, spending less $$, getting stuff done and so on and so on. I think it lasted a week before I started slipping down the slope paved with my good intentions.
But it was a fun month.
Among the highlights was a night out with our Canadian Tollycruisers at the local pub. Originally, I had planned it for November. But snow put the kibosh to that event. As it turned out, even more people came to the January event so I’m calling it a win.
The next weekend, Handsome Hubby’s son came over from the Island for a couple of days. It was his first time spending a couple nights with us on the boat. Turns out he enjoys sleeping in the v-berth.
Other than that, there were lots of martinis, bottles of wine and dinners out. Yes, a fun month, even if I accomplished very few of my good goals
Life on a Boat: January 2023
Something new on the boat that I stole from the Sex and the City reboot: choose an album and listen to it in its entirety.
At first, we were trying to think of albums we wanted to hear. That was too hard. So I put together a list of rock albums that the internet says one must listen to. We’re starting with 56 albums – hopefully we’ll add more later
Our first listening experience was:
Amazing Grace (1972) Aretha Franklin: According to the expert who recommended it, “you’ll be hard-pressed to find a record more uplifting and soul-satisfying.” And it was a great album – she was an amazing vocalist.
Lots of sports: College football bowl games, NFL playoffs and lots of hockey kept us entertained (for the most part).
Extraorindary: HH saw a preview for this Disney+ show. We binged it in no time!!
The Spare by Prince Harry: Just started this in January and already enjoying his writing style and the content.
Outdoor String Lights for the cockpit. We have a timer out there for evening and early morning – life on a boat can be pretty dark!
Life off a Boat: January 2023
Our big adventure off the boat was a trip to Astoria, Oregon for the International Tollycraft Club Summit from January 28-30. The last time HH and I were in Astoria was with the kids in 2009! It’s been on my list of places to revisit but we just haven’t made it.
Among the highlights
A trip down memory lane with a visit to the Astoria Brewing Company which used to be the Wet Dog Cafe. The burgers were as good as I remember them from 14 years ago!
Watching the AFC Championship Game at the Anchor Pub in Port Townsend. I wasn’t a fan of the outcome but enjoyed the drinks and gooey fries.
Our second Tollycraft suffered fatal engine failure in 2022. After discussing our options, we decided to rebuild the engine. So little Shifty was hauled onto dry land where HH and the staff at Westwind Marine pulled the engine out. It’s now being rebuilt while HH cleans and paints the bilge and gets ready to reassemble the engine.
I had grand plans to get active in January… but not so much… I did take the electric bike on a few rides, primarily to get groceries.
Coming Up Next Month on the Boat
Dry February! Or at least a damp February. Plus eating at home – our dining out budget needs a reset already. Oops
A trip or two to Washington. We’re having our first in-person Tollycraft Boating Club Bridge meeting since Covid started.
Super Bowl – well I’ll watch, but I’m really not into either team winning.