Seven Days and Counting…Or Is It Eight?!

Yesterday, I talked about my train of thought and I think I am running on my very own track at the moment.  I think I will be until we get ourselves packed and on our way for the trip.  One week from today we pick up our rental car.  Our plan is to leave the next day.  With any luck we will.  Any of you who know Ralph will understand my lack of commitment in that statement.  I plan on doing my best to have us organized and ready. Really…I’m doing my best.  At the moment, my best involves not nagging.  Nagging doesn’t work with Ralph…it makes things worse.  Ok…I’m trying to lead by example…we’ll see how THAT works!

I need to start off by saying that I must be feeling the stress because last night I found myself snacking on things I didn’t need when I wasn’t even hungry.  The good thing is I realized I wasn’t really hungry and they were only Triscuits which are sort of good for me…Fiber…Yum…I stopped myself pretty quickly.  I do need to go back and figure the points.  Not a clue how my Weight Watchers weigh in will turn out this week.  I’ve been in control and tracking my food, but…stress can do this to me.

I lamented yesterday that I thought I was walking 2 miles but my pedometer said less.  My friend Cathy who is a runner told me that I should trust the fact that I’d tracked it with my car first.  She said that pedometers are meant to track steps and aren’t great to track distance.  She’s an expert so I’m back to 2 miles!!  I felt much better after she said that! :-)

I actually have been working on my packing.  Yesterday, my book bag graduated from a tote bag to a small rolling suitcase.  I thought the suitcase could serve two purposes.  Books and some breakable household things I wanted to take along.  They fit nice and snuggly in there and will be safe.  Also gave me more room for books, and reduced one bag.  I realize I’m taking more books than I need, but I’ve been reading A LOT and since I’ve also stopped reading some I didn’t like, I needed back ups.  Now I just need to decide what I’ll do with the ones I find on the trip.  Oh, yeah, the household things are staying there… I’m good… ;-) I’m really thinking I need that Nook!

I also started packing my actual suitcase.  Well, I guess I can loosely use the word “pack.” The suitcase is in the laundry room in the basement.  I’m sorting through clothes (because so often my clothes end up clean and stacked down there…I’m a slug…I know…) They’re not really in there as packed yet, but I’m sorting so that I know what I want to take.  I’ll pack them neatly when I get the suitcase upstairs.  That may not make any sense to anyone else, but it’s working for me!

I need to start working on some ideas for snacks and meals for the road.  We’re trying to do this trip on a budget, cutting corners where we can so I need to think of some things to take to eat.  I’m leaning toward peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which we can make at our rest stops.  I also used hummus when I drove to Florida with Gail in January.  That would work for me, but not for Ralph.  We’ll see what I come up with.  I have some good ideas for snacks too.  I’ve got to get some things at the grocery store.  We’ll see how this all works.  Of course I can’t forget the Twizzlers…always the Twizzlers…they’re our traditional road trip snack.  Dollar Tree…here I come!

Lots more to do today.  I have a plan and I have LISTS!!  But for now it’s almost time to hit the pavement for my walk.  It sounds like it’s raining, but when I look out I don’t see anything.  I hope the weather holds…I’d hate to miss my walk…

Happy Friday!!

 

 

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14 responses to “Seven Days and Counting…Or Is It Eight?!

  1. enjoy your TWO MILE walk, fran!
    that is great that you are taking a whole suitcase of books – i love it. yes – for vacation, you must have enough reading material!! for packing: i do that, too -> sort, make piles, weed stuff out, rethink, THEN actually start the packing!
    have a great friday! i am out to see “magic mike” tonight – whoo whee!!

  2. Cathy stole the words right out of my mouth! It’s raining where I am so hope you got your walk in. Does not look like I’ll get mine :(

    You should see my laundry room! I leave stacks of clothes in there, hoping people will come get them and put them away. But all the boys do is come in when they need something, take that item, and leave the rest there. It stays until I do it. Sigh.

    How exciting that your trip is so close! Good luck with your lists!

  3. one week?! I know we’ve been slacking on get-togethers, but we have to grab coffee before you go!

    I am on board with Cathy. :-) but if you want to stop wondering, why don’t you just track it again with another car? or we could put it into google maps and see what it says. best two out of three. haha.

  4. valerie andruss

    Remenber you can always spend a night or so with us…

  5. I am the same way with lists! I love them. :)

    One of my favorite road trip snack is homemade trail mix. I raid the bulk bins at the grocery store to create my own mix on nuts and such. I took s’mores trail mix to Chile!

  6. valerie andruss

    Nagging doesn’t work w/Mark either, and they’re too big to just pick up and spank…

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