I do not know you except from your very pragmatic posts on herSailnet which I admit, yes, I go and read herSailnet sometimes too, I think we all do! I have enjoyed reading your posts but somehow I missed the fact that you were about to leave on an extended cruise, I think I believed you were already out there.
I hope you and yours have a great time, you earned it! I think many of us here know that it wasn't easy to get to this point, it takes a lot of preparation and planning, and WORK, to go cruising. I am sure you are filled with emotion since your departure time is so close, I know that I am a bit anxious about leaving and I am not nearly as close to leaving as you are, just trying to imagine pushing away from the dock and being GONE is a pretty big concept.
I look forward to reading your blog and hope you give us some practical advice as you get some water under the keel, especially about day to day life on board, I don't think there is enough written about that. I will have to live vicariously through your posts and blog entries for now.
Have fun!! YOU EARNED IT!