Monday, May 7, 2007

What? Let Go? Relax?

I had a very relaxing chat over coffee this morning with Elastigirl. I actually drank coffee, not a frappuccino like I usually do. And I had a yummy blueberry empanada, but I digress.

Elastigirl had this CRAZY idea that I need to focus on relaxing the "last few days" before the trip and before I'm never alone again. OK, she didn't say "never alone again", but she did have an excellent point about the world turning upside down and all.

You know what else she said? "Forget your to-do list." Gasp. What? Wait, I need to stop and breathe.

Elastigirl, by her very nature, is quite the organized individual. SHE gave me permission to relax and just make sure I get packed. You mean I don't have to clean out the two junk drawers and the pantry before I leave? Huh. How about that?

I have managed to foist some of my anxiety on to Mr. Swizzle. Woo Hoo. Sorry dear. He said he woke up at 4 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep because he was thinking about what he's going to pack. Somebody has to think about it. Maybe that's why I slept so well.

So, I'm taking Elastigirl's advice. She's a wise woman. Not sweating the things that will wait until I'm back and can't leave the house.

I will do laundry. I will keep the house relatively clean. I will not stress. I will relax. I will enjoy this part of my journey.

I'm not sure how much I will post here while we are gone. You can follow our trip here if you'd like.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Oh, The Stirring

Good grief, I'm losing my mind. There is so much bouncing around up there, I can't focus long enough to try to get a handle on it.

I'm distracted by the smallest thing. I'll be doing something and notice something else that I need to do, and I have to tell myself, "NO. I'm doing this right now. Nothing else."

Twinkle's celebration of life is tomorrow at school. This involves taking pics of her from each year of her life and telling a little bit about it. It also involves taking some sort of tasty treat. On Tuesday when I picked Twinkle up from school, her teacher said, "Hey, we're also celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, you could bring something to tie in to that." My first thought? Margaritas. It just doesn't seem right for the kindergartners.

Twinkle wants a cookie cake. I bought jumbo cookies. It'll just have to do. Besides, 9am doesn't seem the best time of day for frosted chocolate chip cookies. Wait, what am I saying? ANY time of day is the right time of day for frosted chocolate chip cookies. With margaritas.

So, I've gathered the pics and bought the cookies. That's one thing taken care of.

I went to Target twice yesterday. The second time was because it was almost time for me to pick up Twinkle from school and she had a swimming lesson afterward. I couldn't find her goggles, so I just went to Target and bought another pair. I did look 3 or 4 different places first, but my brain just couldn't handle it. I still don't know where they are, but she does now have a pair that I can find.

I keep thinking of things that I need to do before our trip. I don't guess there's anything incredible crucial, you know, except packing. But I keep thinking, "oh yeah, that." Or, "oh, well. not getting to that." All those things I've been meaning to do over the last 2 years. They aren't going to be done in the next 8 days.

Slow, calming breaths should do the trick. And list, after list, after list.