I didn't pack last night. I packed this morning. Yes, I am that crazy. After dropping Tabitha off with all of her stuff (bed, blankie, food, scratching post, toys, brushes—anyone notice what is missing?) and hanging out for a while, I was completely exhausted. I got home and I just could not pack. I knew I'd wake up around 6am (I always wake then, I just don't get out of bed) and I figured I'd have a few hours to pack in the morning.
And that is what I did. I even made it to the office before 10am. Extraordinary.
Amusing pre-trip exchange #1 with Spesh (my friend who lives in Israel):
Spesh: The night you arrive is the Purim party at the kibbutz. Sleep on the plane and wear a costume.
Jamy: Is it ok if I come as a sleepy American?
Amusing pre-trip exchange #2:
Jamy: I should probably bring you something—what do you want?
Spesh: I want you to bring me cash. I hate that I have to pay a fee to have it transferred. Can you bring a couple of thousand dollars?
Jamy: Are you crazy? That's not a good idea. You want me to carry thousands of dollars of cash? Spesh: You're right. I don't want you to do that. You'd probably spend it.
What did I pack?
In the small rolling bag:
Sleeveless black linen dress with white embroidery (for wedding)
White cotton light-weight cardigan sweater (to wear with dress to make it "decent")
Three short sleeve shirts (1 white, 2 black)
Long sleeve black cotton cardigan
Two light weight long sleeve shirts for layering (pink and green)
Three-quarter length sleeve black & white stripped shirt (had to bring something with stripes!)
Short black silk scarf (to wear with dress)
Large black & beige patterned silk scarf (to dress things up)
Small ultra absorbant towel
Loads of socks
Loads of underwear
Three pairs of tights (2 black, 1 grey)
One pair black shoes (mary janes with small heel, to wear with dress, skirt or pants)
Make-up (a tiny bit, just in case)
A virtual drug store: , Benedryl, Imodium, Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofin, anti-biotic ointment, band-aids, hand sanitizer, elastic laundry line, gauze, ziplock bags, tissues
Variety of cords and chargers
In the backpack:
Toiletry kit (everything is travel-sized; I decant): shampoo, soap, lotions, potions, etc.
Waterproof anorak, stuffed into its own pouch
Black capri-length pants
Four New Yorkers
The everyday kit: gum, tissues, folding brush, pen, lip balm, large hair clip, rubber band (no pull kind), lip gloss, toothpick, hand lotion, eyeglass cleaning cloth
In a small bag that fits into the backpack:
Two sets of earphones
Plane ticket (an actual paper ticket)
The airsickness kit: Dramamine, Valerian, Gum, Earplugs, Saltines
Long sleeve cotton shirt (blue) over short sleeve cotton shirt (red)
Light fleece jacket
Ugly red shoes (so incredibly comfortable)
Grateful for: packing light (sort of).
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