This weekend we are headed to New Hampshire for a few days with my in-laws. The sudden death of my mother made my sweetie more eager to visit her aging relatives – me, too. Once upon a time these treks to Yankee-land New England for this Texan (we have a mixed marriage 😉 ) were full of angst because, well, my mother-in-law and I, <cough> she is, um, let me just state that we haven’t always found it easy to be around one another. Don’t get me wrong, I love her (I hate her), and we have been working on our relationship for 20 years. All that hemming and hawing to say that family means more to me than ever. I am truly look forward to being with my extended family – every one of them. Even if they do talk funny and have disturbing state motto.
The bad part of the trip is getting ready. I have always dreaded packing, fretting over what to take, how much to take, usually putting it off until the last moment, then packing too much. Then there is the actual traveling. For me the journey isn’t that enjoyable – unless the journey actually is part of the adventure as in traveling across Europe or going on my first cruise. Beam me to my destination so I can get to enjoying myself! New England in the fall! Cool weather! Salt water! LL Bean!!!! And, I don’t have to worry about fitting in airliner seats any more. What to eat while on vacation – how much fresh sea food can I possibly put away in 5 days?
Right now I am in “fret overload” as I wash clothes and realize so few things fit, and those that do fit are geared for the climate in Southern Arizona – not the mountains and coast of New England in the fall. Capri pants and sandals just won’t do – but they will have to until I get to LL Bean and find a few things that will be appropriate for the cooler nights in our desert’s late fall and winter. I hate to spend money on clothes I know will be passed to Goodwill in the spring, but I do enjoy shopping, and… did I ever tell you about the time we saw Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman at LL Bean (back in their married days).