It is funny how long or short a time it takes to make a life-changing decision. Then there is the realistic time that it will take to accomplish what you really are excited about doing. But to be planning ahead for a year or more is really difficult. There are days when you feel that you must hurry. Then there are days when you think "there is nothing I can do yet". So making more lists is the only action available. And yet you know that the time will come when you thing "why did I not do more ahead of time" The moral of the story is that long range planning is the pits.
I guess I should at least admit that our plans involve a trip out of the country. For 2 adults who have never needed a passport this is an exciting thing to do. One of the reasons for the far-out planning is the financial part of the trip. But the day will come when we will be able to tell all our friends and family how reasonable priced international travel can be. That is all the details I will reveal for now.
So, I am spending some part of each day researching details, reading blogs, and trying to decipher the conflicting information that is out there. It is also hard to face the fact that while there are so many things to be excited about, there are also so many things that are different or are missing where you will be going. I think the long wait will help accept what you can not change.