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Packing my last most used possesion....

yes, the Cuisinart Coffee Maker!

Ok, so I know that this is lame! In my defense, I LOVE my coffee.... I am packing my truck for storage today and my Cuisinart is one of the last few items that hasn't yet made it into a box, tote or bag. I feel like I should write an 'ode to the coffee maker or something. I am really going to miss my fresh ground coffee for the next 4 Days, 8 Hours, 17 min..... Yes, that's when the flight from Seattle to Saigon (HCMC) leaves.

Time has crept up on me and although I am physically ready to go, I am still not sure that I am mentally prepared for the trip ahead of me. I am not sure what I expect out of this trip other than to open my eyes to how our lives here in the US are so very different from those in Vietnam. I have read other people's blogs during nearly every free moment that I have found over the past several months while planning this trip and I am no closer now to knowing what I want to see, do, experience than I was at the very start. People keep asking me 'why', and 'where' and I really still don't know the answer to those questions. I am hoping that I'll find the answers as my trip progresses. It is quite possible that I will discover the answers after I have returned.

Sleep seems to be evading me lately, tossing and turning when I should be sleeping. My mind constantly going over the 'to do' list that keeps dwindling day by day. Then the constant questions like, 'did I pack the right things' or 'will Aco (my dog) be ok' and the ever pressing 'will I be ok' .

Posted by Khandilee 05:22 Tagged preparation Comments (2)

Wrong Line....Again!

The Wrong Line

Anyone that has ever gone to the grocery, McDonalds, Library, or anywhere that you have to stand in a line will know that I ALWAYS pick the wrong line.....without fail. Today was no different!

I arrived at SEA airport with way too much time on my hands. Something about feeling like I always need to be early put me at the airport at the crack of dawn today. I enjoyed a nice Starbucks breakfast of oatmeal (yummy) and have now consumed two venti cups of coffee. During breakfast I chatted with a young man curious about my Eee PC.

Arriving at my gate, there was a long line at the desk and a pretty full seating area. I stepped into the line to ask if they were looking for volunteers to take a later flight. I finally got to the desk shortly after an announcement asking for volunteers! Yeah....my lucky day. I have tried this on numerous occasions and have never actually gotten 'bumped'. Since I dont have anywhere that I have to be by any certain time (except to Mom's for dinner), I figured that today was the day.

Arriving at the counter, I got the most inexperienced attendant that I ever could have gotten She got me 'off-loaded' from my flight and was having all sorts of trouble getting me booked onto the next flight. The other attendant at the counter checked through THREE people and I am still standing there waiting for this lady to get me onto a flight. I really didn't care WHICH flight at this time....just book me on a flight before they are ALL sold out! I am thinking the whole time that although I dont mind taking a later flight, I certainly dont want to spend ALL DAY at the airport...

So, I am finally sitting at my new gate....waiting to board with a FREE ROUNDTRIP ticket in my hot little hands!!!! YEAH....

Maybe I will get lucky on my flight home too....

General observations:

A mom with TOO many kids (there are four of them, all boys. They have sat quietly the whole time I have been typing)
One other person on laptop
2 People eating
3 on cell phone
4 reading the paper
5 staring at nothing in particular
8 staring at the idiot box (that would be the TV)

Flight is getting ready to board and I need to go to the bathroom....update you soon.

Posted by Khandilee 00:30 Comments (1)

Is it too early to start the countdown?

My 'To Do' list is huge! I've been running around in circles getting nothing done for the last couple of weeks. I finally figured that I best organize myself or I will not get everything done before I leave in 32
DAYS! Wow...time is certainly creeping up on me quickly. I am flying home next week to see the family and looking forward to spending some time with Trinity. She is certainly jealous of my upcoming trip but I have promised her a great trip over summer break. Now I just have to figure out where I am going to take her. That is going to have to wait....too much to think about right now.

I confirmed a contract in Kansas City for after I return. This accomplishes my goal of heading back East. I'm not sure that KC is the epitome of winter fun but it will be closer to home and to the East Coast....

32 days
and counting!

Posted by Khandilee 22:20 Comments (0)

Another test blog...

Just trying to see what it involves in order to post pictures via email...
Here is a view of the full moon out of my window overlooking downtown Seattle.

Candy T, RN


Posted by Khandilee 04:00 Archived in USA Tagged photography Comments (1)

The Art of Packing

Did I ever mention that I am not artistic?

It's Saturday night and I am staying in to try to save money! So, I decided to attempt my packing and see what I can/cannot fit into my new backpack! I will share some pics at the end of the blog so you can comment. I purchased my backpack at REI about a month ago. This trip will be my first attempt at traveling with a backpack and I mostly feel like an old lady attempting to look hip/cool (which I am not...hip/cool that is....or OLD!).

I have read a lot of blogs about packing and what to take/not to take and I think I have my list narrowed down. Please feel free to let me know your opinions.

For packing purposes I have a large backpack (with attachable day-pack), messenger bag (for daily use), Two large and two small packing cubes (love them).

Toiletries (sm cube #1)
Body Wipes
Body/Hair Soap
lg microfiber towel

First Aid (sm cube #1)
hand sanitizer
Insect Spray
Ambien/Travel Meds
Ace Wrap
Hand Wipes
Etoh Wipe
re-hydration powder
Ear Plugs

Misc (sm cube #2)
Camera charger
extra memory card
drain stopper
laundry soap
Sleep Sack
Elec Adapter??
travel alarm
Retractable Cable Lock
Padlock x 4
Extra Batteries
Water Bladder
mosquito net
Assort. ziplock bags
Copies of passport/paperwork

Sandles (wearing)
Comfort Shoe
Sarong (buy there)
Sleeping bag

Messenger Bag
Eee PC/charger
Money holder
Travel Immunizations

1 Lg Cube:
Capri Pant
Br Linen Pant (wearing)
black short
tan short
Bathing suit

2 Lg Cube:
4 ss shirts
2 tank tops
1 ls button-up (wearing)
2 pair socks

WOW....when I type it all out, it looks like a LOT!

You will see in the pictures that I have a small daypack that attaches to my large backpack. Currently I don't have anything packed in it and am hoping to keep it empty on my way out so that I can fill it with my purchases while there!! A girl's gotta shop!!

Go here for pictures : http://picasaweb.google.com/khandilee/PackingForSEA

Posted by Khandilee 03:00 Tagged packing Comments (4)

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