No, I don’t have a gun. I mean packing for a short trip. One full day to be exact. Why do I always feel like I need so much stuff? A while back, I always had the philosophy that if I forget something, I’ll just buy it. Rarely did I ever have to take myself up on that. Now I can’t buy anything if I forget it, so I’m packing a little bit more. Is this a downside to the ‘no retail shopping’ challenge? I’m not flying, so no extra bag charges. It takes a little more time to pack, but that’s okay.
I need to get packed, there’s no way I’m ever going to be ready in time. Why did I get rid of the boys suitcases? Oh yeah, they were too small. Too small? Really? What do they need? Now they’re going to have to share a bag. How am I going to keep their stuff separated? That’s going to be a fight. Passports! (run upstairs) Why do I save all this stuff in my fireproof box? What if I die and someone has to clean out all my stuff? (run back downstairs) Clothing. Check. Pajamas. Check. Towel, washcloth and shower shoes. Check. Camera. Check. Wait. Should I bring both of my cameras? My lenses? My tripod? The kids love to do light painting, but do the batteries work in any of the 30 flashlights? How did I get 30 flashlights?! Should I downsize those? Did I charge the 15 million candlepower cyclops? Will the kids in Mexico really miss the light painting? Why do I need all these electronics? Should I bring the book I want to finish? Where’s the charger for my camera? Crap, I’ll need my shutter release cable too. Zuri, get out of the suitcase. Wait, we have a cat now. (phone call) Will all of this fit in the car? Should I have gotten an oil change? Did I pack enough clothes? What am I forgetting?… Continue reading