Why does getting ready for vacation take so much time?
Hubby and I will be cruising off toward Alaska soon, and not long after that, we'll be traveling to central California for a niece's wedding. I ended up spending most of Sunday working out the various travel arrangements, reservations, excursions, etc. Isn't that crazy? I've also been making lists and doing a little shopping here and there, with more to follow in the coming days. Hubby's also been pressed into action with his own list of tasks to take care of. By the time vacation comes along, we'll be so worn out from making our vacation plans, we'll seriously need a vacation!
I think we were both a little panicked on Sunday when we read the on-line cruise brochure about appropriate attire and the fact that we'd have two FORMAL evenings to dress for. I work with people who will jump at the opportunity to dress up, but Hubby and I aren't those people. Happily, I learned from friends who cruise that we aren't REQUIRED to participate--despite the fact that the cruise brochures make it sound mandatory. Whew! I was trying to figure out how we could possibly bring that much more luggage to hold dress up clothing and all that goes with it--that's probably a whole suitcase on its own!
And speaking of luggage, that's another quest I've been on. Years ago, we purchased a set of luggage--or, now that I think about it, I believe it was a gift to us. Anyway, a couple of the pieces have worn out, so Hubby and I are looking for a new piece or two. I stopped at a discount department store tonight and found a nice carry-on size piece, but ideally I'd like to get another large-ish piece, so the quest continues.
I think one of the difficulties in packing for a cruise to Alaska is figuring out what to pack for summer time in a normally freezing climate. Yes, as with most things, layers are a good idea, and luckily, I think, I tend to gravitate toward a lot of black in my wardrobe anyway, so I probably have a little easier time throwing together layers that don't clash. Normally I pack too much though, and that could be a problem since we'll be gone nine days and airlines can be so darn picky about piles of luggage. Or I pack too much of one type of thing and not enough of another. And I think I need to purchase a few things, so I'll be busy with that too in the next day or so.
There's also the "Christmas Effect" to guard against. That's where you go shopping because you need a lightweight sweater and a couple pairs of socks, for instance. You don't find the sweater or the socks you need, but you DO find three really cute tops for work. At that rate, if you shop much more, you won't be able to afford the vacation anyway.
So I don't know what I'll find to blog about in the next several days since I'm anticipating only very limited time in the Sweat Shop, but I'll try to find something to say. But if I miss a post, just know that I'm shopping or making lists or doing something else really boring, okay?