Tuesday, October 17, 2006


So we're packing up for our trip from the California coast eastward to Pennsylvania, and it occurs to me that I haven't actually packed a thing. Instead I've been cleaning out drawers, wiping down baseboards, and other piddly things that have absolutely nothing to do with our travels.

My friend Angela says she and her sister play a similar game, except before they hit the road, they embrace the need to return things to various stores, like those bathroom rugs that really didn't match or whatever. Odd, isn't it?

Bri wouldn't do that, I'm sure of it. Bri's the heroine of Chocolate Beach. She's a laidback beach chick and I'm pretty sure she'd just throw a few pairs of flip flops into a bag with a stash of casual wear and be on her merry way. I'm a beach lover too, but our similarities just about end there. I mean, doesn't Bri know it's like 30 degrees in Pittsburgh right now? That's how you get sick!

Then again, I'm the one rubbing a splat of of stress relieving lotion into my skin at the moment, hoping to get myself focused on the task in front of me: packing for five. Sheesh. Bri's carefree attitude looks pretty good right now, as opposed to, well, all those windows that need washing. Sigh. Time to pull those suitcases out of storage and get crackin'. Wish me luck--and hey, one pair of flip flops for the trip wouldn't hurt, right?


Chaos-Jamie said...

I wore them just yesterday...and we are in full fledged fall.

I have to do all the laundry and put it away before I can pack. Never mind that no one will wear that afghan that has sat on the laundry room floor all summer. Must. Be. Washed.

Trish Ryan said...

I long to be one of those "toss a few things in a duffle bag" kind of travelers, but I'm stymied by (among other things) the fact that I don't own a duffle bag. I have a gigantic suitcase. Which means everything I own must be washed before a trip, because it's coming with me. And after hubby hauls said suitcase out of the closet, what better time to reorganize a bit...

It's endless. Grab your flip-flops and your lotion and run :)

Damselfly said...

Hmm, sounds like Bri could be an alter ego.

I get obsessed with cleaning before a trip, too. Think it's in my genes.

Julie Carobini said...
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Julie Carobini said...

Too funny Damselfly! Because Bri's a beach chick, some people think she's me...but when my daughter heard that she was a LAIDBACK beach girl, she said, "She's not you, Mom, 'cuz you're too uptight." LOL

Guess maybe I just WANT to be her...at least that carefree part. lol