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Packing differently

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I've never packed a suitcase quite like this before. My daughter and I are heading west for the holidays, and packing for this particular trip has been an eye-opener.

One suitcase is for gifts and stocking stuffers. Most of the gifts are handmade knitted items, and I felt a great deal of satisfaction as I realized I'd knit enough goodies for my family to fill an entire suitcase! There's a lot of love in that yarn.

The second suitcase is for my daughter. She'll take care of packing that one herself.

The third is mine, and it's looking different than I expected. Over half of it is filled with exercise clothes: shoes, socks, exercise pants, sports bras, exercise tops, and a sweatshirt. That stuff takes up a lot of room! And I plan to use every bit of it.

For the remaining half, there are the two new "reward" skirts that fit, along with several tops to go with each and two pairs of shoes -- one more casual, one more dressy. Jammies, underwear, and toiletries round out the rest. That's it.

For the plane, some healthy snacks, a water bottle, a book, and lots of knitting.

Looking at it all today, I can't help but smile. This is a very different packing profile than the last time I flew out there for a 10-day trip. That time, I didn't even bring walking shoes! This time, I am prepared to go to my mother's gym, and on the days I don't, I'll take a vigorous walk around their neighborhood. Or go hiking with my sister and brother-in-law.

If all goes as planned, I'll come home feeling as good as when I left ... and that will be a holiday very well spent!

Wishing you all the joys of the season. As each day grows a little bit lighter, so do we.

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PINKIE78 12/27/2012 12:46PM

    Awesome!!! :)

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/23/2012 7:10PM

    That sounds awesome! I'll be interested in hearing if you get to take your knitting needles on the plane though. Y'know, you might be labeled as a "yarn terrorist!"
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KARYNWHO 12/23/2012 6:30PM

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I hope you have a fantastic trip! Sounds like you have lots of great activities planned! :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thank you for being an emoticon emoticon !

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/23/2012 6:28PM

    sounds great to me and all well thought out.merry christmas and a happy new year. emoticon

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MICKEYH 12/23/2012 12:39PM

    Happy and very Mary Xmas for you and your daughter as well ! If you are traveling by air, Be aware of over pack in the suits case. As my hubby got over pack in his suits case and we had to pay $50- dollar over weight fee at airlines check in counter. :(

Previously, I've mention to him about it but..he did not take Sirius and here we go... with that $50- bucks I could buy lots of nice veggies and fruits.. But at least, I am enjoying my trip now. I am in NC. Tomorrow, I am heading to MD for my sons place. I am very excited to see him and his family. :)

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PJBONARRIGO 12/23/2012 10:41AM

    Congrats on your healthier lifestyle! That is awesomely impressive!
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CHICKPEA23 12/23/2012 10:19AM

    That's awesome! Isn't it great to look back and see how far you've come? Enjoy your healthy holidays!
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NEPTUNE1939 12/23/2012 10:08AM

    Have a safe journey, Earl

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