I am not a big fan of shopping. It could be because it is very close to running errands, which I hate. It could be because it involves spending money. Which I feel like I either don’t have, or shouldn’t be doing. It also involves trying on clothes, which never look the same on my body as they do in my mind, making decisions, and choosing the lesser of two evils.
In preparation for this trip, I told myself I wouldn’t spend any money outside of the trip itself. So … I’ve lied to myself.
I bought an new 21” rolling suitcase, because my other one? Not so storing and rolling anymore these days. I bought this … I got a deal. (but still, *sigh*, spending money)
Then – I bought some gloves – because spring? She has not arrived in England … and somehow I think my red-yarn gloves from Jr. High or High School don’t fit, and look … like they are from the ‘80’s. Got them on sale, on-line, and they were delivered in one day!
One last purchase was a lightweight all weather coat. I have two leather jackets – and a heavy Parka. I also have a London Fog style dress coat – but they are all very bulky and not suitable for packing and traveling. So – once again on line, I ordered this:
It should arrive tomorrow. I hope it fits, I hope it’s flattering … ‘cause if not – it’s going back and I’m borrowing Dilly’s jackets!
There was another surprise for me in the mail. A friend from California knitted me a prayer shawl for my trip. It’s this amazing collection of purple colors. It totally matches the frames of my glasses! (I’ll have Dilly or Chris take a picture of it over there)
Here are her words:
I thought it would work great with your glasses and your hair!
There's a great reason, you have a strong faith in God, but doubt his faith in you. Consider this a message from him, k? I was inspired to do it for a reason.
Comfort shawl, hug shawl, prayer shawl, call it whatever you want. I made it a little wide and long so you can use it as a lap blanket in England/Scotland. It's warm and soft like a great hug.
Indeed – just looking at it I feel loved and secure. Again, THANK YOU!
Friday I picked my first installment of English pounds. I have all airline tickets and museum tickets printed out and organized. I have directions from airports to trains to friends and or hotels, printed out. I have phone numbers – and my international calling activated.
My laundry is all done – even if it’s not all put away.
My house is dusted and dust mopped. (BUT THAT DAMN KITCHEN FLOOR … *sigh*)
I have all my “thank you – host” gifts purchase and ready to be packed away! (Go me! Gifts! Purchased!)
I don’t have my taxes organized. I don’t have my homework all done. I … don’t have clean sheets on my bed – and my bathroom isn’t clean. I am tired. I didn’t go work out this morning, because I was up too late last night. My goal is bed by 9:30 pm tonight – and making it in the morning. But I keep telling myself a rested Mit is more important than an exercised Mit.
No frenzy yet … but the anticipation is building …
1 day, 23 hours, 16 minutes and 43 seconds
Till I step on that plane!