It all began spontaneously, when a friend inspired me to book a trip to the uncharted-by-me land of Washington and Oregon wine country. The early morning flight whisked me from the Midwest to Seattle, and a rental car served as my personal ferry to 11 wineries over three short days.
Once I knew I was moving to France to study wine marketing, I started making a giant list. The list was all the things I needed to do between now and the move, plus things I would need to do once I arrived. I organized it by calendar month.