HOLIDAY PREPARATION - WHAT A TRAUMA!
This week is stressful. We’re zipping overseas to visit our children. Lucky? Yes. Stressed? Absolutely.
Countdown 5 days:
Husband, (I’ll call him ‘Wise One’) accompanies me to luggage store, forcing me to buy smaller suitcase. Something to do with not paying excess baggage yet again. After an emotional public debate I return home with an object the size of Barbie’s wallet.
Countdown 4 days:
Full hour spent choosing toilet bag ingredients. Pain-killers, anti-malaria, anti-nausea, ultimate strength sunburn cream, waxing strips, emergency antibiotics, nail scissors, anti-blister plasters, lip gloss, paw-paw cream, miniature toothpaste. Place in Barbie’s wallet. Great! It takes up half my suitcase space.
Countdown 3 days:
Clean out fridge so there’s nothing growing when we return. Discover five jars of tomato paste, 3 bottles of curry mix, 2 half-used containers of chicken stock, 4 shrivelled garlic cloves and 1 softening ginger stem in the back corners.
Countdown 2 days:
Serve ‘Wise One’ delicious Chicken Curry in garlic and ginger sauce flavoured with a touch of tomato paste and simmered in chicken stock.
Complete packing of Barbie’s wallet. ‘Wise One’ refuses to pack extra pair of ‘good’ shoes and winter jacket for inclement weather in his giant suitcase. I burst into tears.
Damn, forgot to put hold on mail. Hurry to post office and discover they need 3 working days notice. Rush home to sweet-talk neighbour into checking letter box.
Countdown 1 day:
Rush to chemist and buy compression socks essential for long-distance air travel. Choice of black, black or black. I choose black, then pick myself up from the floor when I see what they cost.
Rush home again and squash cat into wire cage despite her attempts to freeze limbs so she won’t fit. Drive to cattery trying not to listen to woeful mews emanating from back seat.
Sneak pair of boots into bottom of ‘Wise One’s’ case.
Serve ‘Wise One’ delicious Beef Curry in garlic and ginger sauce flavoured with a touch of tomato paste and simmered in chicken stock. He comments that meals are starting to taste similar.
Undress for bed, discover pair of boots back in wardrobe. Oh well, there’s always the morning when he’s distracted with locking up house. It’s been a stressful week. But tomorrow it will all be worth it. See you somewhere soon!