Off to Chicago for the weekend...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Steven and I will be on our way to Chicago as soon as I get home tonight.  We should get there by midnight at the latest, and we're coming back Sunday.  Yay for a weekend getaway!

I'm sure I'm not alone here, but I find packing so stressful.  Not only do I have to decide what I'm going to want to wear days in advance, but there are always other odds and ends to be attended to as well.  The cat litter has to be changed so the cat sitter doesn't think we're total slobs when she comes to feed the kitties (thankfully this is Steven's job).  The dishes all have to be put away (the pots/pans/colanders I use daily tend to collect in the dish drainer), the trash has to be taken out (this is a much bigger deal now because we have to load the trash up in the back of my Jeep - gasp - and drive it to the huge trash compactor down the street.  No convenient curbside pickup like in NC.  Oh, and one of the trash bags was leaking what we think was soy sauce last night, which of course got onto the carpet.  Steven thinks we should now buy stock in Spot Shot because it's a miracle worker.), the bathroom counters have to be wiped off and toilets have to be cleaned, bed has to be made, carpet has to be vacuumed, living room furniture has to be dusted (these chores are mostly for me because I hate coming home to a dirty house), have to make sure the DVR is set to record all of our shows, have to go to the library and get an audio book to listen to in the car, have to make sure no library books will be due back while we're gone, have to make sure we have the necessary tickets/directions/reservations/etc., have to make sure we change the upcoming Netflix movies from Blu-ray to DVD so we can take them with us to watch on the laptop in case we have free time at night (granted, I have to do this a few days in advance, but still), ahh!  Steven hates how I get when getting ready for a trip.  I get so stressed that I need the vacation just to recover from the stress of getting ready for it! 

Also, I never realize how many products I use on a daily basis until I have to collect them all to put in my little (okay, extra-large) toiletry bag.  There's shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, razor (Has anyone had laser hair removal?  I'm seriously considering looking into it... think of what I'd save on razors in the long run!  That crap's expensive.), face wash (2 kinds - one for morning, one for night), deodorant, shine control primer, moisturizer, Frizz-Ease straightening cream and smoothing cream, hairspray, toothpaste, toothbrush, make-up remover, perfume, and I'm probably forgetting about ten other things I use.  And don't forget jewelry!  This is my least favorite task because I hate thinking that far in advance.  I don't know which earrings I'll want to wear, and I definitely don't feel like looking through all of my necklaces to come up with a cute combo.  Last night, I decided I wasn't going to rack my brain over it so I packed 2 necklaces and a handful of earrings and I was done with it.  I've been looking for this silver flower ring that I got before our Vegas trip, and I seriously can't find it.  The last time I remember having it was in Vegas, so maybe the hotel maid got a little bonus.  Thankfully it wasn't that expensive, but it was super cute!  But I got my owl ring from Etsy in the mail yesterday, so I will definitely be rocking that all weekend.  Then there's the other things:  round brush, flat iron, curling iron, SHOES.  Ugh.  But now that I switched from a make-up drawer, to a make-up bag, I don't have to worry about picking out eyeshadows.  I just bring the whole bag!

Just think... if only my hair wasn't so unruly, half of the things listed above would be unnecessary.  Ahh, wouldn't that be the life?  I envy people who can just brush their hair when they get out of the shower, and that's all they have to do to it!  Or even people who can just blow it dry and be done with it.  It's not like I'm weird about my hair though... if I don't have time to straighten it, then I put it in a ponytail or a hat and forget about it (now that I have a casual job, this is what happens to my hair 90% of the time anyway).  I remember when my friends Emily and Nellie picked me up the morning of our friend Crystal's wedding to go get our hair done.  All I did to my hair was blow it dry (not even with a brush I don't think), and throw a headband on so the frizziness wouldn't get in my eyes.  As soon as I opened the door, Emily started laughing.  Of course, she'd never seen my hair like that before, even after living with me for a year and a half,  and found it freakin' hilarious (thanks a lot Emily!  just kidding :)).  I just hope it made her appreciate how little she has to do to her hair to make it look decent.

So anyway, I'm all packed up and ready to leave as soon as I get home.  Except I gotta remember to get our pillows, and my rain jacket in case in rains (think an umbrella might be necessary?), and maybe I should bring another hat and a pair of tennis shoes...


1 comment:

  1. Hope you guys have a great time! Packing is a little easier for me now because I have a toiletries bag especially for traveling so I never take anything out of it and only use it for car traveling. Flying is a different monster.

    I know what you mean about products used on a daily basis. I reorganized my bathroom and only left out the hair products I use everyday or every other day since they're so tall. I still ended up with six products :( Straight hair people have it easier, but it's still all about maintenance.