Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How fucked is it...

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That I am incapable of packing?

I used to leave for two weeks with a gym bag. A month with a small back pack.

Now I'm leaving for around two weeks in France - where lets face it, I can buy toothpaste or a t-shirt if I need them - and having an anxiety attack about it.  I no longer pack light. Hell, I pretty much take everything but my bed. What the fuck!!! Get over it.

I just went outside to chillax a bit, It reeks (in a good way) of lilac out there. There's a word in French - embaumer (which also means, ironically, 'to embalm' - lets not go there), but I can't for the life of me find the English equivalent.

OK, back to the suitcase.

Edited to add: Plus. PLUS!  Whenever I go on vacation I have to clean. I vacuum, I dust, I put stuff away. Who the hell will see that the dust bunnies have been wrestled into submission?  I don't have a problem with breeding dust bunnies when I'm home, why on earth would they bother me when I'm not?

So what did I do yesterday? On top of tearing my hair out packing. I vacuumed, I cleaned, I did a load of laundry. That's just so fucking anal.

But now, I'm done and I will be gone.
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13 comments:

Gaelyn said...

I never pack until the last minute. However I start making lists months in advance. And then always take too much shit. Why not just take empty luggage and fill it when you get there?

Have a great time!

Kay said...

oh fun! :) and I hear ya on the packing... as they say, it's not just our butts that get bigger as we get older...

Enjoy the trip!

Jocelyn said...

Maybe "perfume" (as in the pleasant scent of the lilacs being the perfume of the lilacs?).

I am with you on being aghast at how much more I need to take along when I travel--and at new feelings of anxiety before travel. Aging is weirdass shit.

Jazz said...

Gaelyn - I'd love to do that, 'cept every time I shopped for clothes in France I ended up traumatized. An XL T shirt was smaller than my arm.

Kay - Yeah, my luggage keeps getting bigger too.

Joce - The air was perfumed with lilacs. And yes, aging IS weirdass shit.

XUP said...

Oh ya, the "reek" thing. I'd almost forgotten about that. I did think of a couple of other words aside from odiferous -- aromatic and redolent. Do any of those work for you? Have a great trip.

Jazz said...

XUP - Redolent! Yes! I love that word. The air was redolent of lilacs.

Suldog said...

Well, here's hoping you have a safe trip and a fun one. I'm still able to just throw stuff into a carry on and be on my way, no matter how long the trip. Maybe it's a guy thing.

secret agent woman said...

I do serious pre-trip cleaning, too. Not because I care how the house looks while I'm gone but because I can't stand coming home to a messy house.

lime said...

if you're like me you clean because there is nothing so depressing as going on vacation and coming home to a mess that needs to be cleaned.

do have a wonderful time.

e said...

I wish I was going, too...I've been struggling to plan a trip there for months...I also clean before I go anywhere...

VioletSky said...

I clean before I go away just in case I don't come back.
That could be so embarrassing. Couldn't it?

But you will come back, with tales galore! Have a great time!

Voyager said...

Have a wonderful vacation. Paris in spring...I am so envious.
V.

Dx said...

Have a great time away BUT did you remember to switch the vacuum cleaner off before you left? Or did you take it with you?