Roll With The Punches, Even When They're Hitting You In The Groin

Oh my god, am I sick of packing. And unpacking too, and re-packing, and any activity that has "packing" in its name (meatpacking?), and I know it's a little hard to feel sorry for me---waaah! I'm always going somewhere!---but boy howdy, please try for a second, because man. I hate packing. I would rather come over to your house and clean your baseboards with a toothbrush and mop up that one spot where your dog barfed all over the nice rug than stare into the empty void of my suitcase again and contemplate what to put it into it. Seriously, what should I put into my suitcase? Go on, suggest something: a black tank top, a pair of flipflops, a clove of garlic and a bag of kitty litter, it doesn't matter, I just need something.

The thing about this trip is that it's actually a vacation rather than a work trip (oh, alright then, Chicago was a vacation too.....and so, come to think of it, was L.A., so really I don't have a leg to stand on there, never mind) so technically I should be chilling out already and not worrying about it. My new philosophy, actually, is just to roll with the punches---I told Sean that the other day, and he said "um, that's not really a new philosophy, I've been doing that forever," and I said "no, but it's new to me"---and yet I'm not really rolling with these particular punches at all. Unless standing in the middle of your bedroom shouting I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO WHERE SHOULD I START is rolling with the punches. Is it? No, I didn't think so. Neither is sitting on the sofa writing a blog post while a half-empty suitcase languishes in the other room and a load of laundry sits sodden in the washer.

(Incidentally, my mother was all "eh, don't do any laundry before you come, just bring it all back here with you." Which, fine, yes, works alright if you're an 18-year-old college student driving home for the weekend with a laundry basket on the back seat of your Dodge Neon, but can you imagine if my bag was selected for a random search at Customs between San Francisco and Singapore and the officer opened it up to find a week's worth of dirty workout clothes? OH, THE SHAME.)

I know all I really need, of course, is a bathing suit or two, a good book, and my enormous collection of sunscreen-type things (I am determined to spend the next ten days doing little more than reading by the swimming pool; trust me, I have already seen everything there is to see in Singapore, most of it more than once) but there are several obstacles holding me back: for instance, I still have no idea what I'm wearing to Luke and Susie's graduation. It's a pretty fancy graduation---with cocktails and dinner and dancing---and usually this is the kind of thing I'd plan for months in advance, but because I've been so busy working and traveling so much recently, I'm pretty much all "black dress? Eh, I guess so."

(Thumbs up? Thumbs down? What do you think? It's boring, but it fits well and I could wear some silver shoes---if my sister lets me borrow them, ahem---and carry a turquoise clutch and maybe wear some turquoise earrings and pretend it's all meant to go together like that. Or hell, I could scrawl some fake tattoos on my face in eyeliner to liven the whole thing up a little. Or scars! Or a mustache!)

Once I get on the plane, it'll all be fine, I know---plus I'm flying Singapore Airlines, my favorite airline in the world, and one that actually made Sean wistful because he loves it so much (can you imagine saying that about United or its ilk?)---but it's just this day and a half I have left of packing and organizing and finishing up work that's stressing me out. At least I have another spray tan booked for tomorrow after work, though, because man, you know how relaxing it is to do the Macarena in a small metal booth while trying not to breathe in clouds of chemical-laced fake tan. Wearing nothing but a grimace and a shower cap.

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Camels & Chocolate
May 20, 2008

HA, this post is timed appropriately. After just having my car towed from Amber's place and getting a parking ticket ON TOP OF THE ASTRONOMICAL FINE (I'm now eating rice and beans for the next two weeks), am I rolling with the punches? No! I'm plotting revenge on the residents of Page and Steiner who called my car in (even though I totally wasn't even beginning to block their driveway). GRRRR.

I do feel sorry for you with the packing, though, because Lord, I hate living out of a suitcase, too.

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Abigail M Schilling
May 21, 2008

Yes! Wear the dress. I'm pretty sure I voted it back at NYE (at least mentally voted) and I want my voice HEARD. And the whole turquoise idea is really good.

The mustache thing made me lol and one last thing, I have a spray tan question:

You said it was a let down.. but you're going again. For those of us that hang on your every breath (and have been debating trying spray tan for like two years), can you give me spray tan advice?

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Anne in SC
May 21, 2008

I will almost forgo a trip if the packing gets too heavy in front of me - I hate it too! I can't imagine having had to do it so many times in a row.

Here's my suggestion: pack your swim suits and coverup, toiletries and personals (ie underwear, bras), shoes you know you like to wear, 1 bum around outfit (think hanging in the house, couch potato comfortable), a good book and then buy whatever else you need when you get there. Come to think of it, you could even buy the book in the airport.

Of course, I have no idea how easy it is to shop in Singapore - this may be a no go just based on that.

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Caroline
May 21, 2008

I can't offer packing advice [not that you asked, this post has more of a "vent" feel to it]. Everything I pack turns to bricks and kettleballs as soon as I close the suitcase. And when I open my suitcase to prove my point, lil' wisps o' clothes just sit there, smirking.

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mom
May 21, 2008

I was rather hoping to borrow the turquoise clutch. It totally goes with my dress. I know it's way beyond the 11th hour but could you please rethink your color scheme?

Watch this space internet, see who's clutching that purse in the graduation pictures.

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Heather B.
May 21, 2008

Now you KNOW I feel your pain. In fact I'm sitting in a hotel awaiting room service while I finish up some work and head to a meeting and then another meeting. Also bonus points for having to PACK AND CHANGE HOTELS while in the SAME city. And wait until I tell you about the month of July then you will really feel my pain. It really does start to suck the life out of you doesn't it.

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wwcutie
May 21, 2008

I didn't plan ahead for a short trip this past weekend, and ended up with no deoderant (emergency trip to Target!) and no proper face lotion (sunburn!). This makes me the worst person to ask for advice. Other than, you know, to bring deoderant and face lotion with SPF.

Also, I can't wait to hear about the turquoise clutch THROWDOWN!

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Patrick
May 21, 2008

T-shirts/shorts, swimwear and the LBD. Done. Carry on.

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DiaryofWhy
May 21, 2008

I feel your pain. Although I'm trying to pack 6 weeks worth of clothing and toiletries into two small bags and simultaneously packing up my apartment to move. It's...just a bit of a challenge.

Good luck to you!

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Gwen
May 21, 2008

The hatred of packing--it's totally left over from boarding school. But Singapore Airlines! Also great love here for that one.

(And I think I'd pack an extra fancy purse like item, were I you).

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suz
May 21, 2008

You can never go wrong with a black dress. That's basically my life philosophy. And, now that I think of it, it's a lot easier to roll with the punches when you're wearing a black dress! You feel more put together somehow.

OK, I'm going to stop now. I know my love of black dresses is a bit ODD.

Have a great trip! I'm going to Charleston this weekend for Spoleto, so I'm feeling the "am I still fabulous enough?" and stressing about packing too..

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punchlinewalking
May 21, 2008

Love the black dress...you can dress it up in a million ways. I would also throw in a couple of sundresses, something to bum around in, and I think you're done. Have fun!

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susie
May 21, 2008

that black dress is very appropriate and nice! i will lend you my silver shoes and snakeskin clutch and you will look good!!!!

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Diane
May 21, 2008

Susie to the rescue! I think the black dress, Susie's silver shoes and her clutch is a fine substitute for the turquoise clutch that your mom is now borrowing. You can wear some fancy silver earrings and all will look totally delightful with your spray on tan!

Also pack some cute skirts and tanks tops - they are light and small as well as another dress (like the one you wore in Charleston) and you are good to go!

And I too love Singapore Airlines! Lovely service and nice flight attendants! Also I love Cathay Pacific! And I would NEVER say this about Air Canada EVER!

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Rebecca Faulkner
May 21, 2008

ok soooooo when i get a spray tan, it ends up blotchy and orange on my legs. I exfoliate like crazy beforehand. How are you able to do this successfully??

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Moose
May 21, 2008

You can borrow the felt mustache if you want! I think it would look lovely with your turquoise clutch.

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NothingButBonfires
May 21, 2008

Abigail M Schilling: the only reason I'm going back is because when I signed up for the first spray tan, they gave me a TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! offer. So I still have this other free spray tan to use, but it expires two weeks after I bought the first one, so basically I have to use it before I go. Also, it WAS really good -- very genuine looking, not Oompa Loompish -- but it just didn't last quiiiite as long as I thought it would. This time, I am going to moisturize obsessively and see if that helps. Hey, a free spray tan is a free spray tan.

Rebecca Faulkner: not sure what to tell you! I also exfoliate like crazy beforehand but still end up getting blotchy elbows, so am not sure what we're both doing wrong. You know not to use any moisturizer or lotion beforehand, right?

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Raven
May 21, 2008

I have never done a spray tan in the booth, I always go with the chick and her spray gun. Is the booth better? Less embarrassment factor I suppose, what with not being naked in front of a stranger basically spray painting you in yoga poses.

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alison
May 21, 2008

i'm of the opinion that simple black dresses that fit really well are never boring. and to add turquoise to it? gorgeous!
also, was that your sister with the comment about having a snakeskin clutch? oh, to have been that sophisticated at that age!

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Adaora
May 21, 2008

I can only offer this advice (which you probably already know):

Pack 'throw in luggage' clothes and lots of money for booze to dull the stress of travel.

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Linda
May 21, 2008

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http://www.spacesavers.com/travgenbag.html

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Abigail M Schilling
May 21, 2008

Thank you! I shall now commence a) shaving my legs, b) moisturizing, and c) finding a twofer spray tan. Have a wonderful trip!

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Alyce
May 21, 2008

I think you should loan your mom the turq clutch and have an excuse to buy a new one! In bright sunshine yellow - or green! Or, you could borrow susie's snakeskin one.

It will all come together. Thank for procrastinating blog posts. What else would I read while not updating my resume?!

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Alyce
May 21, 2008

that should read "Thank God! for..."

I'm not being allowed to post unless I enter a website (above) although it appears to not be *required. Is it just me?

Is it possible that I have just now discovered why my comments haven't appeared? Talk about slow on the uptake.

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Carrie Lyn
May 22, 2008

Any chance of seeing a packing list? Hmmm...maybe best not to add to your current list of things to do, so it can wait until you get back.

I'll be trying to cram 16 days worth of stuff into a backpack for my trip to Europe this summer and am always looking for educated advice!

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Corina
May 22, 2008

The black dress..... perfect. Can't go wrong with a black dress. Otherwise, keep it simple. A few of your favorite pieces of clothing should do it.....

Oh, and I did that whole Dodge Neon thing in college.....that made me laugh...