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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.

Comment edited on: 11/7/2010 10:21:01 AM

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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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That took long enough!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blood work and vaccinations on Monday (seven needle pricks in all - and yes, I was counting!). Son stayed home Monday and Tuesday with a cough/general blech feeling. Taxed immune system + sick boy = Mom not feeling so well.

All of that on Monday. I was so sick Monday night. Tuesday and Wednesday I felt okay, but my arms A-C-H-E-D!!! Finally, today, my arms are doing okay. The left arm (the one with the tetanus shot) is still a little sore to the touch, but moving it doesn't hurt. Bout time!! emoticon

Unfortunately, I am fighting off a cough and possible fatigue. Around 4:00 this afternoon, I started getting lightheaded and a little queasy. I stuck it out for the last hour and then came home. Dinner was sandwiches, so no big deal there! My big plans for tomorrow are to sleep as late as humanly possible! emoticon Then, if there is time, I will go to Sephora and have them show me how to do my eyes so I don't look so old and tired anymore! Then to AT&T to see what my options are when I take my i-Phone to Taiwan (and if I want to take it!). Oh...and laundry.

When I get home, or before I leave, I will be packing. Yes, I know, I don't leave for two weeks. BUT, I need to see if it will all fit into one suitcase/carry-on. If it does, is it a carry-on that I want to carry on? Do I have everything I need? Is my carry-on small enough? So many questions! So many lists to make!!! LOL!

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GEEMAWEST 10/30/2010 10:29PM

    Let us know how the packing turns out. I don't want to lose too much sleep over it. LOL

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BKNOCK 10/30/2010 6:32PM

    I hope that you got to sleep in and that you are feeling better! Wow, two weeks! Getting closer! Will you be able to spark?

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NEWNAC304 10/30/2010 1:20PM

    Hope you're feeling better soon. I'd be nervous about packing for an overseas trip too. Good luck!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/30/2010 11:05AM

    Boy, and I'm stressin' about a trip to Indianapolis next week.

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CARLANNIE 10/30/2010 9:51AM

    Sorry you are feeling puny this week. Hope the weekend snaps back your energy. Where did you get your background picture? Someone is quite talented. Oh - if you really want to know if your carry-on is small enough, just stop by the airport with it. At the check-in areas, they have a little metal thing-a-ma-jig that you can set the carry-on into to see if it fits. That would take the worry out it for you. Enjoy your weekend.

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CATHERINEL66 10/30/2010 7:43AM

    Glad you got through the immunizations! Have a good day today!

Tomorrow is my day to sleep as late as humanely possible, LOL!

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No one told me there would be shots!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dang it all anyway! As part of my readiness to go to Taiwan next month, I had a "travel checkup" today. The appointment was paid for by my company and that's about the only good thing that came out of it! LOL!

I talked to the doctor a little bit and she told me some stuff about traveling. She even gave me a prescription for Ambien, in case I have trouble sleeping. However, taking Ambien scares me. I've heard stories about people doing things they don't remember when taking Ambien. I really don't want to be wandering around Taipei in a drugged stupor! LOL!

Then the fun began. Two nurses came in (yes, TWO!) and tag-teamed me. One took my blood (to check for antibodies to see if I needed some vaccine). Then, they stood to each side of me and they each took an arm. One shot me three times and the other shot me two. (In case you're counting, that's six pricks!) Then I got one more in the hip. For the non-math wizards, that's SEVEN!!! Human pincushion!! emoticon

And I have to go back after my trip for boosters for two of them. AND, I might need to get another vaccine depending on what the antibodies in my blood say. Ugh! Did I mention that one of the shots was a tetanus shot? Do you remember how much those HURT!!! And continue to ACHE!!!

And now I don't feel very good. The nurse did say that I might not feel well since my body was being invaded by so much all at once. I hope that that is what I feel. And not me coming down with whatever my son has. He has a nasty cough and I'd rather not catch that if I can.

Worst part is over now, right? Right?

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CATHERINEL66 10/30/2010 7:46AM

    I found Ambien to be a big let down! I slept for about 3 hours and was wide awake and just grumpy after that. Kinda pointless in my opinion, but I hear it works wonders for some people. Give it a try at home and see how it is.

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RJFERRARO315 10/28/2010 12:07AM

    Aaah, I'm so sorry. I went to Medellin, Colombia & Guatemala City, Guatemala and had similar vaccines experiences. You definitely have me beat!

Tomorrow I get the flu shot at work so I won't complain since it will only be one prick. emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 10/27/2010 11:07PM

    Poor baby. Can you feel the love? emoticon

Hope you're feeling better by the time you read this. No, really!

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NEWNAC304 10/26/2010 12:06PM

    OMG! Is your company paying you extra to be a human pincushion?! I'm afraid I'd have to tell them NO next time they asked me to go!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/26/2010 11:03AM

    I take Dramamine when I travel. (The regular kind, not the non-drowsy. What's the fun in that? :)) It's for motion sickness on the plane and it knocks me out for about 5 hours - coast to coast - it's wonderful. I've also found that it helps me sleep at my travel destination when my body is all mixed up with the new time. A plus is that you don't wake up groggy. Might want to give it a try.

Sorry about your mistreatment at the doctors. That's an awful lot of shots and I can imagine that this is hard for your body to take. Take it easy.

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BKNOCK 10/26/2010 10:01AM

    Well, hopefully it is over! 7 is a lot to get at one time but maybe you are set for a while?

I take a Benedryl when I can't sleep because it has no side effects. I sure hope that you don't get sick now!

Are you getting a bit excited?

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MOM2ACAT 10/26/2010 9:06AM

    I have used Ambien for a few years, and never had that side effect; from what I have read, those effects come mostly from the time released version of it, not the the regular one like I take.

The Ambien doesn't help me half the time though for sleep; my doctor prescribed my Restoril and that works much better for me.

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KATVHALE 10/26/2010 8:47AM

  Just think you are going to Taiwan! Isn't it all worth the trip? Look on the positive side and know that now you should be safe from any foreign diseases that could hurt you! The pain is temporary but the excitement of the trip will linger!

Hopefully, you will find something to help you sleep that won't harm you!

Have a safe and wonderful trip!


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CARLANNIE 10/26/2010 8:06AM

    Sounds like you got a life-time full of shots, all in one fell swoop! Poor baby. emoticon

About the Ambien, I have taken it on long flights and have had no problems. You might want to take one at home one night before you leave to see how it affects you and then decide. Also, take along one of those sleeping masks to block out the cabin lights, and maybe even a little travel neck pillow. Dramamine works well for me.

Hope your arms are feeling much better today!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/26/2010 7:35AM

    I think I told you, my friend! But I'm sorry you're hurting! My doc spaced the shots out a bit. Okay, that's not helpful. Feel better!

Yeah, the trouble with Ambien is that you DON'T walk around in a stupor. People go into a manic, semi-conscious state like sleepwalking on speed. I've experienced being around that nightmare with my ex, who decided to strip and paint the bathroom in the middle of the night and then didn't finish the job, so I'm leery of sleeping pills myself. If you don't have high bp, I'd take a Benadryl or two.

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MRE1956 10/26/2010 7:24AM

    Shots and needles don't really bother me (especially since I'm a long-time blood donor) - the Ambien, though, scares me - you may want to get a "second opinion" on how to handle potential sleep issues......

Hope your trip is a successful and pleasant one!

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STEVENGO2 10/25/2010 11:45PM

    I HATE needles and every three months I have a blood draw to see if my medications are working right and all my labs are OK. At least with me they only take. You got some taken and some given. I am sure you are sore right now and I hope you don't get sick from these shots!


Take care,

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