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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Laundry is done. Clothes are packed. Morning items are going to be packed as soon as I'm done using them in the morning. Passport is in the folder. Laptop is checked out and charged up. I am ready to go! emoticon

Now for the hard part....sleeping through the night without waking up every five minutes because I'm paranoid that I will miss my alarm and therefore my flight. Getting the rest of the morning items packed without forgetting anything. Not stressing that I am forgetting something as I'm walking out the door. Hmmm....

Oh well! If I don't sleep, I have a few hours on the flight to Japan to sleep! LOL!

I don't know how much I'll be able to just in case...See ya in a week!!!!

Okay...gotta go and stress a little more. emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 11/13/2010 12:03PM

    As I write this, you're already at your destination. Hope you have a wonderful time and a great experience. Looking forward to hearing about your adventure/s.

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DONNAORLENE 11/13/2010 1:46AM

    I'm really excited for you. Just stop worrying about every thing and do your job and have a good time! We'll be sitting back here being jealous but we'll also be praying for you and wishing you have a fab time! Do a Great job and we'll be waiting to hear about everything and see all those pictures!
Take care of yourself!

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Donna Orlene

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BKNOCK 11/12/2010 10:05PM

    Have a very safe trip and remember you are in our thoughts and prayers! Have fun!

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NEWNAC304 11/12/2010 11:37AM

    Have a safe trip.

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ELYMWX 11/12/2010 8:29AM

    Have a great trip!

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TRIGFROST 11/12/2010 1:20AM

    Relax and Enjoy the Trip emoticon This place will be wating on your return... emoticon

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USFBULL 11/12/2010 12:29AM

    Have a great trip and enjoy the adventure, take plenty of pictures and then take more pictures emoticon emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 11/11/2010 11:57PM

    I would be awake all night too for the same reasons. Have a great time and don't worry that we didn't get that little thing taken care of yet. I know you're busy and I probably shouldn't have put it on you, but you're just so good at this kind of stuff. We'll take care of it when you get back.

Hope you'll be able to Spark some!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/11/2010 10:36PM

  You're too much like me. I would be awake all night worrying too. I'm always afraid I'll oversleep for some major event.
Have a great time, don't work too hard, and watch those calories.

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LMB-ESQ 11/11/2010 10:35PM

    Have a great trip!

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STEELKICKIN 11/11/2010 10:30PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Get outta here and enjoy yourself thoroughly, my dear! We will miss you and look forward of hearing of your escapades. AND SEEING SOME PHOTOS!!!

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SKYLOR 11/11/2010 10:29PM

    Have a safe and fun trip

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Time change, eleven hours sleep, still tired?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I went to bed at 11:00 last night and woke up at 10:00 (according to the clock that had not been changed for daylight savings ending). That's eleven hours of sleep! emoticon

Got up, went to the gym (after eating the breakfast DH made), started the stew for dinner, made bread, had lunch, went shopping for a new suitcase, made cornbread, ate dinner and made enchiladas for tomorrow. And now I'm ready for bed. And it's not quite 8:30. I'm getting old... emoticon

Oh, and DS is sick. He might be getting the flu. I love him, but I HAVE to avoid him for a couple of days! I can't get the flu right before I travel! I just can't! Earlier, when DS said he was sick, DD looked at him and said "Really? You don't even have school today?" LOL!! Poor kid!

Off to read a little before going to bed. Night y'all!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/8/2010 10:56PM

  So glad someone got to take advantage of the time change. We went to bed at midnight and got up at the eqivalent of 6am. For me 5:30.
Avoid your DS at all costs. You must stay well to travel.

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CATHERINEL66 11/8/2010 6:03PM

    I'm an Airborne fan too! I also like espiritox, which Whole Foods carries.

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JOHNTJ1 11/8/2010 5:04PM

    If you become ill you cant have coffee with Dutchie!!!

The time change always has the opposite effect on me. I get up early and seem to have more energy. I guess I'm a winter kinda guy.

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RWETHAIRYET 11/8/2010 4:11PM

    i was still tired after the extra hour's sleep. But I think it was from the company. Boy can my toddler granddaughter toddle fast...and non stop haha!
Definitely wash those hands. Perhaps look into the Airborne if you're not showing any symptoms (my step daughter who is a 1st grade teacher swears by the stuff.) And rest.

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NEWNAC304 11/8/2010 12:22PM

    I hope you avoid hubby's germs.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/7/2010 11:29PM

    Wash those hands like crazy, even around your own house!

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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2010 10:48PM

    No, No don't get sick! That would be a very bad thing. Tell DS to keep his distance.

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Is it too early to pack?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Okay, so I confess. I did pack for my trip to Taiwan last weekend! emoticon But I HAD to! I had to pack to make sure everything would fit! And it did. But I did unpack! Now I want to pack again! I want to have everything in the suitcase and the laptop case and whatever. I want to be at the airport and getting ready to board the plane. And I want to do it now!

Of course, I don't even have the laptop yet. And I don't fly until Friday. And not all of my clothes are clean. Minor details, right? LOL!

Fine! I'll wait. I can't promise to be patient, but I will wait. emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 11/7/2010 9:51PM

    Do you have any nails left?? I'm actually sitting here biting mine because I can feel your excitement! Is there room in the suitcase for ME?? IWANNAGO!! And if I can't go, I don't want you to go because I'll miss you! Dang it, yes, I want you to many opportunities does one get to go to a foreign country??? And I just know you're going to have the time of your life. Pack and unpack and pack some more because it's so much fun! I do the same thing when we go to Tucson!
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AUNTIEANNE22 11/7/2010 7:47PM

  You're like my son and the countdown to the new Harry Potter movie. I get an update every day on how many sold out shows there are. We are driving and hour and a half to see the midnight showing. Can you say crazy?

Friday will be here before you know it. Be sure you get your laundry done!

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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2010 12:59PM

    You do realize that we all expect you to send us postcards, don't you?

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ELYMWX 11/7/2010 10:14AM

    Are you flying carry-on only or will you be checking luggage? I usually have a change of clothes and my toilet kit in my carry on.

One more thing; I have a small bag (I think it was intended to be a pencil case) that I put all my electronic accessories and cords in, and that slips easily into my carry on. That way I dont have all the cords loose and if I have to unpack for any reasons (cough customs cough) I can pull it out quickly and not then have to worry about making sure I found them all or remember where I had them stashed when it comes time to repack.

Enjoy your trip! Take plenty of pictures, and you'll be fine.

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CAROLEHZ 11/7/2010 8:42AM

    I once watched a documentary about the Queen of England. It showed about how they set things up for large dinners and all the places she lives at and owns and her dogs. But, the thing that fascinated me the most was when they showed how her clothes were packed for travel. Everything was wrapped and stuffed with tissue paper for minimal wrinkling. I think she probably has an easier time getting through Customs. I know that you have thought of everything but don't forget the converter kit for electricity. Have a fun trip!

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BKNOCK 11/7/2010 8:07AM

    Just remember to take pictures so that you can show us Taiwan! Even if you take pictures of the food since you won't have much time to escape! Then set up a web cam so that you can watch your family! LOL! I know that you want to be a fly on the wall at home as well.

When I traveled I used to keep a journal to jot down stuff to jog my memory on the pictures that I took.

Just think a week from now where will you be?


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CARLANNIE 11/7/2010 7:39AM

    What to say? What to say? You're excited - yahoo! What kind of souvenirs are you bring back for us?

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KENDRACARROLL 11/7/2010 2:14AM

    Oops, I always pack the night before my trips :)
You sound so excited! Hope you'll have lots of fun on your trip. I know, it's a work trip, but nevertheless. It'll be an awesome experience.

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Okay, so what if they don't miss me?

Friday, November 05, 2010

What if, while I am in Taiwan, my family doesn't miss me? And by that, I mean what if they don't miss all of the things that I do for them that seem to go unnoticed.

What if they don't notice the sink is cleaned out?
What if they don't notice that they don't have any clean clothes?
What if they don't notice the trash that they left in the living room isn't there?
What if they don't notice that lunch for that day isn't already planned and ready?
What if they don't notice the crushed cans are gone?
What if they don't notice the dogs weren't fed?
What if they don't notice?

That's half the reason I want to go on this trip to Taiwan! So that my family will notice that I'm not there and that they will notice ALL of the things (okay, some of the things) I do without a thank you! If they don't notice, does that mean that I don't do as much as I think I do? Or that they are just ungrateful brats? LOL!

My DD will notice I'm gone, at least at dinner time. I always make menus for two weeks at a time on payday weekend. This is payday weekend so the menus stretch into that week I'm gone. And I made the meals easy ones. Tacos, burritos, sandwiches, pizza. However...I just KNOW that DH will make DD make dinner most (if not every) night. I small part of me (okay, large part) hopes that she rebels and he has to cook! LOL!

Okay, enough "poor-me" ing and off to the rest of my evening. Thanks for "listening" to my worries/fears/stresses/delusional ravings!

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RWETHAIRYET 11/8/2010 4:08PM

    well, they might not notice some of those things...I'm pretty sure my kids never noticed the absence of crushed cans or trash, haha!
But trust me, they'll notice you're gone..

I'm a little worried about your poor dog, though...hope he doesn't get too hungry while you're away emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 11/6/2010 10:40PM

    How could they NOT notice?? Gee, I already miss the things you do for me and you're not even gone yet!! Gee!!

When I was away in Roanoke, VA for my insurance training (a whole week!) I came home and my kids came running and screaming for me. Their dad made them eat hot dogs all week. And they weren't allowed to dirty up any clothes (thank goodness it was summer break!)

Your family will realize it, too. Now go have fun!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/6/2010 7:04PM

  Have fun on your trip. Don't worry about whether your family will miss you. They will - whether they say so or not.
I hope that someday my son will appreciate everything I do. He can't even keep his room clean since I picked it up for him. He sits right next to the garbage and doesn't use it unless I make him.

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NEWNAC304 11/6/2010 10:59AM

    I'm sure they'll miss you and unless they're blind they will have to notice everything that isn't getting done while you are gone. Have a good and safe trip!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/6/2010 10:57AM

    I don't know your family, so this can go either way. Curious to find out :) In the meantime don't stress too much, enjoy your trip prep and enjoy your trip.
Life always goes on :)

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EM4488 11/6/2010 10:05AM

    So, I'm going to go against the crowd here. When I left for 3 weeks for TX last b/f managed ALL of the household duties, as well, if not better than me (even though I normally do them). And, AND remodeled our entire upstairs bedroom (pics on my page).
I came home, extremely proud, but also....kind of sulky. Because he really could live without me!!

Now, hopefully yours will gravel at your feet when you return to tell you how amazing you are and everything that you do....but....if they don't. Just move on. I know, I had to! :)

Oh and HAVE FUN on your trip!!!! (Will you be able to Spark?)

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GEEMAWEST 11/6/2010 9:54AM

    Yep, they will notice and they will appreciate you when you get back. However, that will only last a few days and then everything will be back to normal.

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CARLANNIE 11/6/2010 9:40AM

    You betcha they will notice! And most likely when you return, they will fall into the same old pattern of behavior where you will be doing everything, by yourself, again. But, at least, for that one fleeting moment, they will outwardly appreciate you.
"In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot."

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ELYMWX 11/6/2010 9:03AM

    Enjoy your trip, and don't stress. Too much. Everything will be fine. Honest. Just make sure your family knows the day you're returning and hint to them that if the cans aren't taken out or if the sink is full when you return, you'll turn around and head back out the door!

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MDTWEETY 11/6/2010 4:34AM

    Ah, the thankless work of a mom!! :) When do you go to Taiwan? Very cool. I hope you enjoy the trip. You are so organized with menus 2 weeks at a time. Wow, I am impressed! Does it take you a long time to put them together? Please share your "system!" We're always like "What should we have for dinner?" every night over here.

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WANDAC2013 11/5/2010 11:31PM

    Your blog really hit home with me. My son (almost 21) and his girlfriend are moving out right after Thanksgiving...they both complain about things here, but I know they will get a rude awakening when they are out of here! I hope we are both appreciated a bit more, very soon! Enjoy your trip!

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Thanksgiving is when???

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Today at work, I sat with a few of the guys that I work with. Somehow we started talking about the holidays and the plans that everyone had for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Sometime during that conversation, I realized that I come back on the 19th of November. Thanksgiving is on the 25th. That is six days. emoticon

I'm planning on hosting T-day dinner here. I go shopping on payday weekends. The weekend of the 19th is a payday weekend. That means that I need to have my menu planned before I go shopping that weekend. So...either I do my Thanksgiving menu planning this weekend (before I head to Taiwan) or I do it the weekend I come back...when I have jet lag. Hmmmm...bad time or bad time? emoticon

One thing that is "saving" me is that my menu has certain basics. Turkey, stuffing (even though I'm the only one who will eat it), corn, mashed potatoes, olives. Heck! That might be the whole menu right there! LOL! Oh...and gluten free pumpkin cake. Yum!!

Okay, time to end this. I'm getting cravings and it's way too late at night and way too early in November for those! LOL!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/5/2010 7:00PM

    Do you have a lot of others coming to dinner? How about an old-fashioned potluck Thanksgiving dinner? I remember some of those from my hippie youth in the early 70s!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/4/2010 7:30PM

  You're the only one who eats stuffing? My son usually only eats stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Do your planning on the flight to Taiwan. Just do it early before you want to sleep. Add a green vegetable or salad to the menu you have listed and you're all set. There are always too many choices.

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GOROSIEO 11/4/2010 9:22AM

    Or you could buy one of those pre-assembled/cooked Thanksgiving meals that supermarkets sell. Done. emoticon

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BKNOCK 11/4/2010 8:04AM

    I would plan it before you leave and make it as simple as possible! It will all work out!

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NEWNAC304 11/4/2010 7:46AM

    I'd go with the menu you just listed. Maybe you could do it potluck style and have others bring stuff to help out. Since you're going to be gone until just before Thanksgiving I'm sure they'll understand and be happy to bring something. That's how my MIL does it every year.

Have a safe trip.

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TXNANA_4 11/4/2010 6:32AM

    It will all work out...don't worry or stress!!! Have a safe trip! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 11/4/2010 12:40AM

    Plenty of time on the plane to do your shopping list :)

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HOT4FITNESS 11/3/2010 11:22PM

    Wow!! All I can say is don't worry about it. Have a great time in Taiwan. It will all work out.

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GEEMAWEST 11/3/2010 11:20PM

    It's OK, you'll do just fine, you're Superwoman!!

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