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By this Author: Khandilee

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!

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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


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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

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A Pain in The Arm.

A trip to the travel clinic.

On Friday, I went to the local travel clinic in preparation for my trip. If you know me, you know that I hate shots...my palms sweat, my heart races, my anxiety is out of control. Then...when it's over, it is never as bad as I had anticipated. You would think with my being a nurse that I would be comfortable around needles, NOT!

I am now well prepared and well stocked with Doxycycline (anti-malarial), zithromax (travelers diarrhea), ambien (so I can get some sleep and hopefully not suffer too bad from jet lag) and oral typhoid vaccine.

I only had to get one shot, hepatitis A. This shot SUCKS! The needle itself I didn't even feel, but when the medicine started cursing through my blood I thought that I was going to be paralyzed forever on my left side (got it in my left deltoid). I could feel the pain/burn/throb (not sure how to describe it) go down my arm over about the first 20 seconds after it was administered.

Fortunately, I am here two days later with full use of my left arm, a pocket-full of pills and my 'papers' are in order.

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I just received my Eee PC via UPS. I am attempting to type this on the new computer to see if it is going to suit my needs while on the road. The typing is a little difficult due to the small keyboard but I think with a little time, I will get used to it. I just have to remember to 'think small' !!

So far, I am super impressed with this little machine! I am no computer expert and I am attempting to figure out how to connect my sprint wireless internet to this device. It takes a little ingenuity due to not having a cd drive and the fact that I dont have a usb drive either. Hopefully, I will figure it out soon.

The internal wireless is quick and easy to use. I was able to immediately pick up on several wireless connections.

The screen is clear and although small, it is easy to read. The keyboard is already getting easier as I type. The machine appears durable/solid in design and it is light as a feather. It will be a great accompaniment to my backpack for both domestic and international travel. I can even fit it into my purse if I wanted. I think that this is going to be my new best friend!

ETA: I just copied and pasted this post from my off-line version and it is super quick and simple!

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