Ready to go

As most of you are checking out my blog to see what I'm up to on my sabbatical, I thought I'd start by telling you about getting prepared.

This trip has really been in the planning for 5 years. Up until about 6 months ago, it was a fun day dream to think of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see and do. Then, as it got closer, it became a bit more stressful. The low point may have been when a friend pointed out that I had less than 90 days before my trip and I hadn't bought plane tickets (queue thoughts of project manager creating spreadsheets for sabbatical readiness assessment).

But, now my bag is packed (that's right, one suitcase) and I'm fixing to leave for the airport.

Below are the books (and movie) that I read to prepare for the trip. A biography, a memoir, and a travel book....not you're normal reading list, I know. I'll let you know if I am adequately prepared by my research after I get there!


Normal Sunday Night

What is a normal Sunday night for me? Laundry, something on Netflix, a light dinner, and packing for the next week. It doesn't involve posting here on my blog, as is evident by the 10 1/2 month gap between this and my last post. Oops.

Truthfully, I thought it had been longer since my post. But, it's time to dust off this volume and turn to a blank page and begin writing again. I could go back and write about everything that's happened since I last blogged - the travels, the three month sinus infection, the (lack of) craft projects - but I prefer to look forward....to my trip-of-a-lifetime coming up starting in two weeks.

So, in addition to packing my suitcase to head south for the week, I also have clothes spread out across my bedroom to start whittling down to the necessities for my month in Italy. That includes the seven pairs of shoes I have lined up at the foot of my bed (one is a pair of flip flops). Wow. I have my work cut out for me. I'm gonna head back to that and leave this blog alone again after just one lousy post. But, I promise more in the coming days/weeks. Including a conclusion as to how many shoes make the cut.