This week is about things “clicking” into place. Heaven help me, I’m leaving on an extended trip Saturday morning. I’ll be outside the country without cell service. My cell company does not offer cell phone service in Tanzania. I’ll have wireless in the evenings…probably. But only on the laptop.
Our Operations Manager is gearing up to cover the essentials on my desk as well as her work. Our Marketing Assistant will try and pick up the slack as will some of the other folks in the office. But this all seemed so much more “doable” last year. And even two days ago.
But tonight, about 36 hours away from the airport run…I’m thinking, “What were you thinking?!” (The exclamation point was for Kathy who has a thing about exclamation points. In this case, the point was deserved!)
Obviously I’m in no good shape to write a cogent blog. So I thought I’d amuse you with some of my epiphany moments of the week as information clicked into place as my top level brain worked my daily life and the subconscious worked my vacation life.
1) ::click:: 62″ is the largest dim (Length/height/width added together) without an excess size charge. The charge is $175. I got a longer duffle at the last minute when deciding between the two online. (Rolling duffles are supposed to be better in the Land Rovers.) Better measure the rolling duffle I bought… just in case. The size? 67″ Needless to say my “new” new rolling duffle (High Sierra) which came overnight today is now within the size restriction.
2) ::click:: What shoes is my sister wearing on the plane? If she’s wearing clown shoes (Crocs) then I can, too, and just pack the tennis shoes. Crocs are easier to kick off and on, plus I have the specialty support ones. “Hey, Lori. What shoes are you wearing on the plane?”
3) ::click:: We do have two professional photographers in our group, but I could be bored to death watching them get shots, which they’ll share with us. I’d better get a new camera with big zoom and wide angle so I’ll have something to do. It might be rude to knit and read while in the savannah. (Nikon Coolpix 500)
4) ::click:: You really have to read the manual on the camera and figure out how to use all the fancy buttons and modes.
5) ::click:: If my sister is having second thoughts on the small plane back from the savannah to the big airport, that means you’ll be the only one flying back from the wild. Isn’t that just prima donna behavior? Better cancel that flight and ride back in the rumbly, dust filled truck when you could have been at the hotel in the shower. ::sigh::
6) ::click:: Hey! If I’m not riding in the truck, then I don’t have a 32 lb weight limit on luggage. Huzzah! I can pack another Harry Potter audio book.
7) ::click:: Field guides are really heavy. Even not-big ones. Why did you buy two? How hard is it to figure out, “Giraffe, lion, hippo, bird….”
8) ::click:: A perfectly adorable hat is not going to magically arrive. You will have to make a decision: ball cap or go-to-hell hat.
9) ::click:: You must stop. You have a blog to write and you have to begin the packing process. Turn off the computer. Call it a day. If it’s not done now it’s not getting done until you get back.
10) ::click:: Is everything washed?
11) ::click:: Strap in. This is going to be a bumpy ride!