Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time to Start Packing!
Thanks for letting me vent on my last post. Things are better - the windshield has now been replaced in the car and I have had a much cheaper week without the use of my credit card. Funny - when I go to the store with a limited amount of cash I spend less. I expect my new credit card will show up by Wednesday so things will then go back to normal, other than having to contact a couple of trip related places to give them my new credit card.
My foot remains very sore with tendinitis. I quit going on the treadmill altogether on the 12th - my step level has gone from 11000 steps a day to 3-4000. Yes, my regular life does not have me walking around much. I have tried ibuprofin, putting heat on it and using ointments. On Monday I will go to the Dr and get a proper anti-inflammatory as the last time I had a similar condition (neck strain due to carrying 60 lb bags of mulch) that seemed to fix it right away. Fingers crossed I can nurse the foot back to health before the 27th when we leave.
Today I begin packing. I already have a section in the closet for potential clothes to take and I stopped off at the dollar store yesterday to pick up a few items for our travels. Since we will have apartments with washing machines in Rome and Salerno I will take about 5 days worth of clothing only. They don't have dryers as most European places don't have them - so I will make sure everyone does laundry at least a full 2 days before we head to our next destination so it has time to dry. I will be taking a small amount of laundry detergent with us in case the apartments don't have any.
One of the items picked up at the dollar store was baggies - two boxes of them. I always take large baggies on every trip even if we aren't cooking and it seems like we use them for this or that every time. We are checking our large luggage this trip even though hubby and my bags qualify as carry-on the boy's pieces don't(taking adult kids #2 and #3) so will will just all check it (for free) and then have smaller carry on luggage with us. I always put one set of clothing in a baggie in my carryon plus makeup - I figure if I had to survive without my luggage for several days an alternate set of clothing is mandatory. We are taking one laptop this trip for the business which will go in carryon as well.
We are flying one discount airline this trip - Easy Jet from Naples to Paris. I have prepaid a suitcase for each of us as their luggage allowance is very small. They also charge for every single thing onboard so we will take snacks with us to try and save a couple of bucks. Our up front price for that flight was about $70 CAD each with one suitcase so a great bargain compared to airline prices in Canada. There were lower fares with small carry on only allowances if you aren't bringing as much luggage as we are.
It seems like I have a zillion things to accomplish before we go like filing our taxes (I have everything ready to go in Turbotax, just waiting on one final investment slip), and a ton of company work as we onboarded one new client this week and likely will be onboarding another next week. I am also driving Mom to another town on the island 2 hrs away to visit with her best friend that she hasn't seen in about 7 years. They talk regularly but haven't been able to connect and Mom can no longer drive long distances so I volunteered.
We are also trying to eat up what is left of the fresh produce in the fridge - I can always give it to Mom if we can't finish it but would like to give it our best shot. There is also a batch of chicken salsa soup in the freezer for the night of our return, simply heat and serve.
It is always a relief when we finally get to the airport on departure as our life seems to accelerate right up until the day we go. We are not sure where our travel plans will take us next year but we will be going somewhere warm likely in winter for a week instead of a huge Europe trip - the next one of those will wait until 2020 when we take adult kid #1 with us somewhere.
Have a great week everyone!