Getting Your Ducks in a Row… and keeping them close!

Yes, it has been awhile.  Honestly, I have no idea what happened to October… did it even happen??  I’m gearing up for what I refer to as my traveling season.  I have several big trips planned plus all the holidays that will get me through the end of this year and on to 2012.  This has definitely been the fastest year in recorded history.

In getting ready for my trips, I started to think about my favorite topic.  Well, second favorite topic… bacon being my favorite.  Organization.  As we’ve previously discussed, I do love a good list.  Getting all my ducks in a row, as it were, makes me very happy.

I also adore traveling and find that nothing else makes me feel quite so alive and connected to the world.  I even love the whole “getting there” bit of airports and flights.  Sometimes I wish it happened a little quicker and without some of the hassles of delays and long lines, but all in all I still enjoy it.  I also always tend to do a good bit of introspection when I travel.  I take stock, make plans, wish and dream… all of which leads to …. making more lists!  Yay!

In order to get the most out of traveling; however, I have to prepare.  I have to get organized.  After all, I do have The World’s Dorkiest Cat to consider.  I have to make sure he’s well looked after.  I also like to make sure all bills are paid, messages returned, fridge cleared out, trash emptied etc….. nothing takes away from a trip more than unpleasant surprises waiting for you on your return.

While packing for what will be one of my longest journeys (to New Zealand), I realized what it is I enjoy so much about traveling.  I love being self-contained.  Having all my stuff close to me.  It’s also what I absolutely hate about packing.  I have to limit my stuff.  I cannot have everything with me.  I have to decide ahead of time what I’m going to want to wear (how can I possibly know what I’m going to want to wear next Thursday!?).    But while I’m on a plane, or in a hotel room… everything is with me.  I like that.  I’ve always been like that.  As a child, I was content to sit quietly in my room with my stuff.  No need to run wildly around getting all messy.

I also adore seeing and experiencing new things.  Not everyone does, but for me…. bring it!  The more I travel, the more I realize people and places are basically the same, but with these strange, wonderous, incredible little differences.  It makes you think.  It makes you wonder if you could or should do things a little differently.

So, as I spend my last day home packing, checking lists, and lining up my proverbial ducks I look ahead to new experiences, seeing old friends, making new ones.  All while deciding who I want to be next year and taking a few notes on that!  Bon Jour!

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