Travelling to-do

6 Jul

I’m not sure which part of taking a trip I hate more: packing or unpacking.  I’ve been known to have a suitcase sit in my bedroom, partially unpacked for months after a trip.  (Hey, I never said I was a good housekeeper.)

But right now, it’s the packing part I’m hating.  I’m all in a tizzy because tomorrow morning I’ll be flying away with Halia, heading first to Vancouver for a day with my sister, and then the three of us girls will be off to Germany for a family reunion.  My clan holds a reunion every five years, and — goodness! — can it really be that time again?

Did I mention I hate packing?  It’s 80% done, but there are the details to think of, and that’s the part that stresses me out.  Yes, I have underwear and a toothbrush, but I’d be so annoyed if I left my glasses behind.  It makes me more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, I tell ya.

I’m also sad — already! — about leaving Jade behind.  Michael is staying with her, and we both wish that the four of us could be there as a family.  However, we want to avoid unneccessary stresses to Jade’s body; we saw how the 3-hour time difference travelling to Ontario affected her and her seizures.  We can only imagine (and don’t want to!) what an 8-hour time shift would do.  So she will stay home and Michael plans to do some fun things like camping and hiking with her.  Perhaps she’ll be paddling her own canoe by the time I get back.  Okay, it’s only two weeks.  But I am shaking a little about the idea of being away from Jade for two whole weeks.  I know how much she misses Michael when he goes away for a week — she asks about him every day.  And I’m sure she’ll miss me.  I’m going to feel guilty every time I hear that she asked about me.  And how much will I miss her?

I can’t deny that I am not going to miss the keto diet.  This diet has been amazing, truly miracle for us and especially for Jade.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t hate it.  You can’t help it when you see your little girl sitting with three young ladies, who are all huddled around a plate joyfully eating cranberry-rhubarb crumble, and she’s just watching them wordlessly.  How can you not hate that?

But!  I am so excited about seeing family again, some of whom I haven’t seen since the last family reunion, and some  of them even longer.  What’s neat is that in recent years I’ve been able to develop a closer relationship with some of my cousins, having connected with them over Skype or Facebook.  In my younger years, I didn’t get to know most of them very well, being separated by time and distance and youthful indifference.  The Internet has shrunk the world, an amazing thing.  Still, the distance is there, and it’s thrilling that we’ll get to be face-to-face.  I’m looking forward to some great conversations.

So many feelings: stressed, nervous, sad, excited, thrilled.  It’s no wonder I can’t concentrate on packing my bags.

Next time you hear from me, it will be from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.  Bis bald!


9 Responses to “Travelling to-do”

  1. Nai-Nai July 7, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    My both arms are ready to hug you all 🙂

  2. Bubbly_bunny July 7, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    Have a great trip! Look forward to hear about your European adventures with Halia! 🙂

  3. MommyTime July 7, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Have a wonderful wonderful trip! Jade will miss you, of course, but she will probably also have a great time with one-on-one time with her daddy.

  4. Kennie July 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    Remember your passport and camera! Nothing worse than getting to customs and going “Oh *&^%$#@!!” (been there, done that)

  5. Captain Momma July 8, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    Have a great trip! So jealous! Can’t wait to hear all about it!


  6. myra36 July 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Have a safe trip!

  7. Barbara July 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    I hate packing, too!

    But for Germany, I could get over it.

    Travel safe.

  8. Jenny July 10, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    Have a wonderful trip and take lots of photos! I’d love to go to Germany! Do your parents want to adopt another keto-grandchild with a loveable 10 year old brother!? 🙂
    We are home from vacation and I actually got everything put away the day we got home. I even did the little bit of laundry we had! It’s still in the dryer but I don’t want to over exert myself!

  9. McMommy July 12, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    I am really looking forward to your post about how it all went upon your return. Safe travels!!!

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