Saturday, May 29, 2010

and, we're off!

CIN city?
we're here! and i am tired. back in NC pre-flight, i posed for the camera and josh -- referring to my fatigued appearance and overall disheveled/disoriented look -- commented, "you look like ke$ha."

harsh, but fair enough. except instead of brushing my teeth with a bottle of jack, i had some oatmeal at the airport sbux (kath, i thought of you the whole time!). i'm like ke$ha's boring, wholesome older sister.

the (nice!) airport welcomed us to kentucky! a whole store devoted to the blue grass state!? i was impressed.

more splendor awaited us at the rental car center where they told us we could pick -- get this -- any car. "even the jeeps," they said. azusa couldn't contain herself.

normally we avoid gas-guzzlers, but we have a fairly big group and luggage to tote, so RED jeep it was.

looks like our trip is off to a good start . . . note how well my bag coordinates with the hotel decor.

also, as an aside: is there ever an age that you reach where the free mini-toiletries cease to be exciting? clearly 30 is not it.

ooh, sea kelp.

the packing paradox
yesterday a friend remarked (quite wisely, i thought) that packing is one those tasks that just expands to fill the time allotted for it. and to be honest, while i'm great at the list-making part of planning out what to bring on a trip, the actual gathering-it-up-and-putting-it-into-a-suitcase part tends to be somewhat agonizing for me. i tend to leave it until the last minute and always panic that i'm going to leave something essential behind (and fairly often, this actually happens).

yesterday, catherine (who writes a great blog complete with cooking project that totally brings me back to doin' time) requested some blog-coverage of the packing process. i admit i was totally flattered by the request -- but have little to show for myself other than my usual power tool:

yes, it's a LIST. i know: not very original or exciting! but i started doing day-by-day planning of outfits to bring on vacation last year, and haven't looked back. it actually helps me a lot to avoid under or overpacking, AND takes 'what will i wear today?' out of the equation each morning.

once i have my list, the packing part is fairly easy - and i always layer things in the order that i plan on wearing them to making living from a suitcase more convenient. i still managed to procrastinate enough on this seemingly simple task to end up with a very truncated night of sleep last night, though. so if this text is dopey and rambling . . . well, that's why. time for a nap!


  1. You're on my turf now! :) I guess you noticed that the "Cincinnati" airport is actually in KY, thus the Bluegrass State airport shop. Have fun and glad the trip is off to a great start.

  2. ST. Marteen! Sounds awesome, can't wait to see more pics!

  3. Anonymous3:00 PM

    I started to do the specific outfit list thing when I ended up with random, mismatched clothing on vacation. Can't wait to hear more about your travels!

  4. atilla5:07 PM

    great pictures...way too organized on the packing. I'm just jeans and shirts and nice clothes for whenever we need them and underwear and socks numerically equal to the days on vacation

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