Vacation Prep Stress

I’m on my way… almost.

Crazy week. On July 4, I’m flying down to Scottsdale, AZ, to visit the folks for four days. Mrs. Bagger has pretty much used up all her vacation for the year dealing with parental health issues on her side of the family, so we decided maybe I should use some of my vaca while everyone on my side is still doing pretty well.

I know. Phoenix. Scottsdale. In July. I just felt the need to escape to, you know, someplace warm.

Don’t get me wrong, there are few better places on earth than the desert from Nov-April. But from May-Oct, it is over 100 degrees every day and the state pretty much spontaneously bursts into flame with little notice. It’s sort of like the fire swamp in The Princess Bride, but without the rodents of unusual size.

Right now I’m in vacation prep stress mode. Lots to get done. I have one manuscript to get into copy edit, another to get to graphics for layout, I have to finish my slides and notes for jail class tomorrow, and at some point, I have to pack. All of that has to get done on Tuesday, because my 8:30am flight on Wednesday means leaving for the airport at 6:30 a.m.-ish. Packing is not that stressful. I’ll be at my folks’ house all the time. I can wash clothes. I’ll pack shorts, a swim suit, t-shirts, a couple of nice shirts in case we go out for dinner. That kind of thing. No big deal. Just have to get’r done.

Thursday night, we are going to the Diamondbacks/Dodgers game. Last time I was at that ball park was for the 2001 World Series, which, believe it or not, was won by the D-backs over the Yankees. It was, you can look it up. I just remember the high state of security since it was one month after 9/11.

As far as vacations go, I’m pretty good at releasing stress once we go “wheels up.” It’s just the days of prep where I stress out. At least I’m not this bad…

How about you?

Oh, well. I should be able to post from AZ. But maybe not much more during the stressful prep time. Lots to do. Lots to do!!!  **running around in circles, screaming**

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Tom and Jean are just a couple of Chicago transplants in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Posted on July 2, 2012, in Misc and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. ROUS’s!

    Yah. Arizona in the summer. Have fun with that. We of course could use rain here. Aren’t we feeling sort of desert-like? I mean our grass is all dead.

    We leave for vacation in two weeks. I haven’t planned at all. Like. At all. That’s what husbands are for right?!

  2. You know what keeps the rodents of unusual size at bay, in Arizona? Reptiles of unusual size. Just sayin…

    I hate that pre-vacation dance. Drives me crazy every time. I just have to trust in my lists… To Do and To Pack.

    The only things I ever screw up are things I forgot to put on the lists…

    Have a great time in the desert! (It occurs to me that someone should invent a portable, personal “mist-er”, that you can strap onto your back and it will keep you cool like those misting stations do…)

  3. So, you can really test “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” I don’t care for hot weather in any form, but I’ll take 110 in Scottsdale over 99 in Maryland any day!

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