The gf and I have discussed some of the practical implications of the sabbatical, including research travel (we plan to spend some of it together and some apart) and how we will negotiate me working at home for an entire semester/year when she also often works at home (not quite figured out yet--I may need to set up a better office at home, since I currently work in our living room or in my work office). More importantly, she has grown accustomed to the idea that I will take a sabbatical while she works her regular job, an idea which had been a source of tension when I first introduced the idea. Hopefully, we can travel together and have a little bit of shared vacation time thrown in for good behavior.
I am getting excited, but I am trying to remember that I still have my administrative tasks, grantwriting, service projects, teaching, etc. to finish before the sabbatical starts. But the lure of an open calendar and silent phone are beautiful, twinkling lights on the horizon, lighting up the darkness of the cold January winter.