NOTE TO SELF: BRING A BOOK when you go to appointments!!!
I know. Everyone else reads on their phone. But I have stopped doing that (!) because every time I go back to analog books I just prefer the experience of reading on paper so, so much.
I carry around a tote bag (this one, which is now 5 years old and I still LOVE IT) and it has plenty of room for a paperback. Or a hardback. And it’s absolutely NOT a surprise when you go to an appointment (routine blood draw for example like today) that you will have to sit there and be bored.
SOOOOO, next time I will bring a book. The end.
I don’t own packing cubes. I want them, though. I also feel like we are going through a travel transition with the kids – a good one. The transition is from us having to shepard them AND all the stuff from place to place to kids generally managing themselves and carrying their own (*$@*($&.
Josh noted this morning that we probably should get some more luggage. Our is mostly from 2006 and is not in good shape (fun fact, we also only have half a set because the other half was stolen from our home in a not-terribly-imaginative heist in 2007. Apparently when you rob a home, stealing the luggage is very efficient and convenient because you can put lots of stuff in it!).
ANYWAY. So A & C are old enough to handle their own luggage (and G too, if it is easy to mange). I personally have an AWAY suitcase that I got through a podcast partnership a while back but that I really DO truly love, so I am thinking about buying another one for Josh and/or kids to use. They are not cheap, however, so buying a whole fleet of them is not something I’m ready to do quickly! Any kid-friendly luggage recs?
Also, am I missing out with respect to packing cubes? I feel like I am. I love to loosely plan out my outfits for trips but for the kids I tend to be . . . less strategic. And then I bemoan the fact that everything jumbles together and I can’t find a nicer-restaurant-appropriate kid outfit.
Here’s a tip: if writing out quintile/quarterly/seasonal goals feels like too much pressure . . . generate an ideas list for Q2 goals or a draft list or something to that effect.
I wasn’t feeling quite ready to commit yesterday but keeping things a little bit casual helped me: