All packed up and ready to go!

Holy cow, it’s the last weekend before a major international vacation — I leave on Thursday for Vietnam! 

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 . . . .



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The packing list materializes before my eyes
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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.
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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.
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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!)

4 comments

  1. Anonymous · · Reply

    Wow! There's organized and then there's organized and then there's OCD organized… However, I'm with you on the stuff bags! Have a great trip! Be safe. Lady

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  2. A) why do you need two pairs of sandals? I guess one is for Serious Walking and one is for Going out to Dinner. B) I like that you made a list of the lists. Anyway, an Amazing Adventure is ahead of you.

    -Norah, Friend of Vanessa

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  3. Lady – I know, right? Just imagine what OCD organized would look like!

    Norah – You're close on the sandals: One pair is for getting wet/messy, and the other for pretty much everything else. Also, since I haven't toughened my feet yet, it'll be good to be able to switch to different strap arrangements if things start rubbing. (Also, hi! Welcome to the blog!)

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  4. Anonymous · · Reply

    Ha! You still have the Boba Fett i gavve you, thats great. It has become quite the little international traveler. I'm glad you still have it. Mark

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