I am heading to Florida for my 30 year high school reunion. It will be the first reunion I have attended. It seemed that 30 is a significant number, so I decided to go. I’ll stay at my parent’s house and my best friend from high school and her wife will stay a couple of nights too. It will be just like the sleep overs we used to have when we were kids!
So today I am packing the car… This is more complicated than it sounds and is kind of an adventure in its own right. I love taking road trips and am rather excited about this one. The adventure part of packing is making everything I want to take with me actually fit in the small car I own. There needs to an unobstructed view out all windows and the driver’s seat needs to have enough space behind it to recline for nap time. Some items need to be easily accessible form the driver’s seat like snacks and beverages, gum, phone, kindle, and purse. Other items needs to be accessible at rest stops such as pillows, sleeping bag, cook stove, food, extra water, maps, reading material, travel clothes, toiletries, and towel. Some items like the lap top need to be in a safe place out of the sun. Some objects need to go in the back because they don’t fit in the trunk like the boogie boards, the hammock stand, and the 4 foot tall citrus tree that really would rather live in Florida than in up-state New York. So with all those constraints, I managed to pack all the paraphernalia, toys, clothes, shoes, and other stuff for going to the beach (beach umbrella, bikinis, sun hat, sun screen, cooler, sand mat, camp chairs), hanging out at the pool (bikinis, sun hat, sun screen, giant inflatable unicorn, and air pump), lounging around the house (shorts, tank tops, flip-flops), dressing up for the reunion (several nice dresses, jewelry, makeup, and hair stuff), and box of stuff for my sister and her kids, as well as stuff for my friends. It always gives me a smug sense of accomplishment when I pull off the impossible. The Space Goddess works her magic again, bending the time space continuum to fit more stuff into a space than is physically possible!