Packing Is a Pain In The…

…well, you know.  However, I can at least amend #49 on my list of 100 things about me…there is no longer a four-foot-high laundry pile in our laundry room. It has been tamed.  I fought the laundry and I kicked its arse.  And Joey put the hang-ups on hangers and put all of the laundry away.  Such a good hubbs.

However, now begins the arduous task of packing for a trip.  I always pack too much of one thing and not enough of another…too many pairs of underwear, but not enough t-shirts….something like that.  I had to go buy some stuff today with my birthday gift card at Wal-Mart (I know…bleh) that would fit my newfound rotundity.  I don’t have much casual stuff now other than one pair of jeans:-(.  I know, I need to quit the negative self-talk because I am working on it and I’m not going to be dealing with it forever.

So, on a happy note, I got a cute pair of cargo shorts, a pair of cargo pants, a pair of capris, and a pair of  3/4 length yoga pants, and two short-sleeved workout hoodies that were all really cute, so I’ll be all set for the week and for workouts to come (lots of what I got can double as workout gear!  Multipurpose clothes!).

Part of me loves to pack…I like making lists, getting tiny toiletries, figuring out what bag to use.  But the cramming and the worrying that I didn’t remember everything sucks.  Or the over-packing of stuff to entertain myself…Sure, I’ll need three novels, a journal, two knitting projects, my netbook for that novel I’ve been meaning to start, five critical articles to help me figure out my thesis topic………...  It’s like, for some reason, I start thinking that I’m going to catch up on everything on earth that I’d planned to do or anything that I’d ever expressed interest in starting while I’m on a trip.  How stupid is that?

So, I’m taking one knitting project, one book, one journal, and my netbook (because I think we may have wireless at the campsite and I can blog in the morning).  Other than that, I’m going to force myself to chill.

One of my favorite parts about camping is the early morning.  I’m an early riser (I usually have to make myself stay in bed until 6:30), and getting to sit outside the camper/tent in the crisp morning, watching the sun rise through the trees, with plenty of time to myself to think is one of the best parts of the camping trip to me.  I’m bringing some running socks and shoes this time because I want to make sure that I get in a couple of runs this time.

OK, back to gathering clothes…

I Want To Go Camping…

So, I had a little free time today and one of my blog recommendations in Google Reader was for an ultralight backpacking blog.  I have such a romantic idea of camping, so it was probably a mistake that I spent so much time there, because now I have this horrible yearn for some peace and quiet and a tent by a creek. 

Eventually, I’d at least like to get to a lightweight backpacking level, if not ultralight, although I doubt I’ll make it that far because it seems that things like TP are considered to be extra weight.  I don’t care where I’m pooping, folks…I’m going to have some TP.  However, the idea of being able to pack my tent and sleeping bag in my backpack and go.  However, for now, I’m pretty thrilled with car camping:)

Isn’t that view from inside the tent cool?  I really loved fall camping, even if it was cold and wet (we had sleet and ice sheets falling off the tent).  We probably won’t be able to go until May, when I’m done with my classes (there’s not much room for the “distance” aspect of “Distance Ed” with these, unfortunately), but I’m already looking up campgrounds!

And, with a camp-chef like Joey, I know we’ll eat well!

In other news:

  • I had a very pleasant surprise upon filling out my graduation checklist.  I’ve just got one more class and my thesis to go!  Time flies when you’re miserable and overworked!
  • I’ve got to be honest…I’m just not really enjoying literature from India.  It’s either too dry and mundane, or there’s incest.  Weird.
  • It is currently snowing.  The yard is now covered, but the news people are still saying that there won’t be any accumulation on roadways and there probably won’t be much ice tomorrow.  Balls to that.  I really wanted a snow day.
  • I miss the Olympics.
  • My VITA-MIX came!!!!  But I’m afraid of it:(.  I think that its massive power is overwhelming me.  I think I’m going to make a smoothie in the morning to take to work, though.  I could use something that doesn’t make my insides beg for mercy.
  • I’m so freaking ready for James to go home.  THAT’S going to be the camping trip of the ages when he gets back.
  • I have  been a slack knitter. 

Mommeh, you should knit less and play with me more.  And feed me more.  And watch me eat.  And wait for me to want attention.  If you would just do that, I would never, ever sharpen my claws on the furniture…