As you might expect, I devoted this weekend entirely to travel preparations. I made many lists:
- a packing list (in the form of a spreadsheet with items sorted into six columns and categories),
- a shopping list,
- a list of stores that would have the items on said shopping list,
- an “order of operations” to ensure maximum efficiency in visiting each of those stores, and
- a backup list of all the things I thought of while shopping that weren’t on my original list.
Thanks to good weather, good planning and good luck, everything went smoothly and I find myself fully packed and ready to go a good four days ahead of schedule. Maybe this once I won’t have to stay up all night before my flight trying to get everything done. (And if I do, at least it will be for reasons other than packing — like cleaning the apartment.)
Now if only all of my work projects were in equally tidy shape . . . .
|The packing list materializes before my eyes|
|This one is for Lady and Quynh-Nhu, who will appreciate all these
tidy little bags full of things. The existence of little stuff sacks makes
me want to have more things to put in them.
|My captive Boba Fett. Mark gave him to me 14 years ago when I left on
my mission. He travels everywhere with me in this little film canister.
|And this, my friends, is what I’ll be living out of for the next two-and-a-half
weeks. (I’ve even set out my outfit for the plane ride to Hanoi —
can’t wait till I’m wearing it out the door!)