Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday Travels: The Part I Despise

If you’ve been to this blog before, then you’ve probably already figured out one of my chief interests. Heck, I’ve dedicated a whole day of each week to it.

I’ll give you a hint: It rhymes with “gravel.”

But as much as I love being on the move, there’s one part of my seasonal nomadic shifts that I’ve never quite embraced: the packing. Of course, unpacking runs a close second. I’m a very slow packer – and unpacker, for that matter. Perhaps that’s because I find it hard making decisions, and since Dan and I are usually away from each of our three home bases for several months at a time, I have plenty of decisions to make.

Headed from Michigan to New Orleans, for instance – as we will be tomorrow – I have to consider such things as how many nice dresses to pack. One for the opening night party of our film festival. One for the closing night awards ceremony. One for Thanksgiving. One for Christmas dinner. One for New Year’s Eve. You get the idea.

And then there’s the weather concern. Although it’s usually pretty mild in New Orleans during the fall and winter months, low temperatures are possible, which means shorts and a heavy jacket are equally likely. On top of that, we’ll be traveling to the Florida Keys and Los Angeles before returning to Michigan next May, which opens up a whole slew of other concerns – including the kind of equipment we’ll need for our various ventures – from a digital camera for travel work to supplies for our film fest out west.

Of course, it’s gotten better over the years. We’ve been living this nomadic lifestyle for over three years now, so we’ve learned not to bring everything with us. For example, instead of lugging around our coffeepot, teakettle, dishes, and other kitchen gear, we store what we need in each of our three main ports of call... which has definitely eased our minds a bit. But still, there’s only so much we can purchase in duplicate. Some things – like our laptops – will forever be dragged around in our minivan.

So, I’ve spent all of today packing, and I’m not done yet. Needless to say, it’s going to be a long night, but I’ll get through it. I always do.

P.S. In case you're wondering, the place pictured here is not, in fact, our home in Michigan. It's a cabana where we stayed on South Padre Island, when we first began this nomadic adventure in the spring of 2006 (when the kitty pictured on the beanbag in the first photo was still alive - sniff, sniff). But it gives you an idea of how much junk we carry around...

13 comments:

Becky said...

Ugh! I spent a good chunk of yesterday cleaning out our shed. Packing is no fun at all! Unlike you, I'm hoping this is our last move for a LONG time!

Deb@RGRamblings said...

I don't envy you the packing Laura but soon it will all be just a memory--for a few months! When are you hitting the road?

Natalie said...

Oy! Good luck with packing-- No fun!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, Becky, I sympathize with you, believe me. And, yes, sometimes I wish this were the FINAL move - usually, only when I'm packing. Good luck with your own crosscountry trek!

Yes, Deb, you're right. I'm very whiny on packing day, but once we hit the road - which will be in a few hours (finally!), it's all good... and I become a pleasant wifey again. ;-)

Thanks, Natalie!

Laura Martone said...

We did it! We did it! We're on the road - finally!

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Yay! Enjoy your trip and be safe! Oh, and take lots of pictures :)

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Deb! And, yes, of course!

Steph Damore said...

Have a good trip Laura - Happy Travels!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

I loathe packing. Ugh. Have a safe trip!

Martha W said...

Have a great trip & drive carefully! I'll think of you guys in NO while we're freezing our butts off up here in MI. *grin* And I promise not to call you any names when I do it! lol!

Laura Martone said...

Thanks, Steph and Roni!

Yeah, Martha, as we were leaving rainy Michigan today, we couldn't help but get excited about the weather down south. Thanks for refraining from calling me names. That's very big of you! ;-)

Becky said...

Ah, but rain and snow really does make you appreciate that nice weather even more... In all of the places I've ever lived, Michiganders know how to celebrate a beautiful warm sunny day better than ANYONE!

Laura Martone said...

So true, Becky, so true. In places like Los Angeles - and even New Orleans - sunny days are so common that it's easy to take them for granted. Of course, on the flip side, I got so used to smog in California (even as an asthmatic) that I really appreciate the clean air of northern Michigan. I'll miss breathing easily, that's for sure.