The Longest Day before

Cleaning up the house, packing and repacking and everything still weighs the same. I’ve taken out the flashlite and replaced it with the headlamp. Taken out the dress and put in another shirt. Maybe I’ll put the dress back…The idea is to take it out and leave it out but I am torn between an ounce here or there and the “damn it, I am on vacation” excuse. I can no longer shoulder a large back pack which brings me to the wheeled suitcase. I’ve gone through so many pack-light sites that I think I need a packing mentor; a kind well traveled woman who can get me down to a couple of pounds of stuff and explain why I should let go of my warm scarf that has nurtured me on so many plane rides in the last 10 years. I know it will be crazy hot in SEA but it will be chilly on planes and buses and I love it like a favorite blanket. This is when the kind mentor just says,”No, you will not need it, I know this for a fact and it will get trashed”. So can I be that mentor for myself? I do think it would be an invaluable service for those of us who have trouble packing to places we’ve never been. It seems the sites are geared for the young of body. Half my suitcase is filled with medications and toiletries. I really cannot do without my facial routine and my foot got into trouble a few months ago and needs to be taped; another 1/2 pound of supplies. It goes on…

Nevertheless, the desk is cleared (though my hard drive was accidentally erased a few hours ago), laundry done, fridge barren, clean linen and timer set, friends ready to transport us to the next location where we meet a fellow traveler on the medical mission who will drive us to Charlestown, NH. There we go with the rest of the group and travel en masse to Logan to depart tomorrow night at 1:30 a.m. to Hong Kong and then to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Can’t believe it really is happening. Til the next time and I’m taking my scarf.

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