Friday, June 25, 2010

Time to post and run

I'm scheduled to leave town in a few hours, so I have to post and run.

Which brings me to today's topic: am I the only person who makes plans then later wonders, "What the hell was I thinking?" This seems to happen to me often. I'll merrily book a trip then a few days beforehand I'll think: "Wait a minute -- I don't have time for this? Why did I think I could do this?"

Now this is a minor trip: an overnight stay at a 'camping cabin' in a State Park. We carry in our bedding, etc., stay overnight, do some hiking, etc., then head for home. The key words here are "we carry in..." My DH said, (and I quote), "We'll just play it by ear. Toss a few things in the car and get there whenever we feel like it and..."

Can you spot a potential problem in the offing? (1) It's the weekend at a State Park. It will be crowded. It will be busy. We can't just plan to get there whenever because we'll probably be in traffic. (2) I don't know about you, but I like a sheet and maybe a towel. Maybe a pillow. So I need to gather a few things. (3) Food? Hmm. Should we consider that?

All in all, this took about an hour of my time to gather a few things together. I'll make my DH drive tomorrow, so at least I can read while we sit in traffic. And I printed out a few "things to see" along the route in case we decide to sightsee. So it's not a biggie -- except I was out of town for 5 days last week, I'll be out of town for 4 days in another week, and I'd like to do some gardening, and maybe some writing, and ...

What was I thinking?

And on that topic (and related): Is anyone else going to RomCon in July? I'm booked to fly in on the 8th for that brand new conference. I don't have a costume yet for the party, have no idea what I'll take for the dinner on Saturday, and I need to get in touch with my niece and firm up our plans for the 8th (since I'll be meeting her there).

Anybody else going? If so, let's meet up! Of course, I'm going to be out of town for a few days beforehand, then I leave town when I get back ...

What was I thinking?

9 comments:

Tarot By Arwen said...

I'm not a good spur-of-the-moment person. It makes me a bit cranky. :) I need to make lists and plan it out so I can forget at least three things on the list. LOL

Not going to RomCon, but am trying to eek out a trip to Romanticon in Ohio in October.

Sheila Tenold said...

I like spur-of-the-moment trips--in theory! I'm the Excel Spreadsheet Queen when it comes to packing. I have more lists than a real estate agent. I think to myself this is a wacko waste of my time, but I'm hooked. What If I forget that package of sani-wipes? Address book just in case we lose our cell phones? A fourth pair of shoes? Get out the bigger suitcase! Geez, that's why we stay home most of the year. I can't handle the pre-travel stress. :)

Jill James said...

You are soooo not married to my husband. It plans everything down to the last second. We take folders on our trips with all the printouts of things to do, things to see, airlines, hotels, rental cars.

I kid him that he is more organized than most corporations. LOL

Cai said...

Sooo not a "spur of the moment trip" person...Can do it if absolutely necessary, but prefer not to! :)

I don't always make lists, but there are times when I feel them an absolute MUST.

Not going to RomCom, but definitely going to EC's RomantiCon in October! Already have part of my flapper costume ready for Saturday night for the Roaring 20's party, and am working on a sash for Thursday night's "meet-n-greet".

Have a great week, JL, and a great trip! :)

Joanne said...

I am not attending RomCom, but sounds like you'll have a great time. And yes, I constantly book things then question myself "What was I thinking?" just before I leave.

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