I am busy, busy, busy with packing, packing, packing! Well, that and laundry, battery charging (3 cameras and an iPod, the phone is charged already) trying to decide which knitting projects to bring (both on the plane and in my checked luggage!) I won’t be carrying purse on this trip. I need my carryon and personal item to be filled with cameras, computer and knitting, so a backpack and laptop bag is what I’ll have to go with. I suppose that’s alright since I won’t be trekking around with a preschooler and won’t need to carry crayons, paper, or matchbox cars! My little wallet thingy actually came with the laptop bag, so it will be enough. The back pack can hold the cameras and a change of clothes (not that I worry that they’ll lose my suitcase or anything…)
I keep asking my family what they need me to do for them. I ask them what they plan on eating so I can shop for them ~ things like that ~ and I keep getting the same answer, “We’ll handle it.” Wow. You’d think they don’t need me or something! Sheesh.
My son and daughter-in-law have wireless set up in their house already, so I’m sure I’ll be posting regularly (particularly photos!!!) but who knows how regularly. I hope to be useful to them. I hope to help them out with cooking and cleaning so they can rest and focus on loving on and caring for that baby! Of course I am looking forward to lots of kisses and snuggles with Gariníon, too! What I don’t plan to do is any “taking over.” They are managing being Gariníon’s momma and daddy just fine and don’t need me to come in like a bull in a china shop! (That is not to say that I won’t share my experiences with them if they want it, but I don’t feel a need to butt in!)
I am going to miss my family something awful. A week is a long time, but if I’m going to be away from them for that long, I’m glad it’s to be with another bit of our family instead of on a cruise or something! Plus I’ll get to be re-familiarized with the area a bit for when I/we head back out there this summer for SuperSoldier’s homecoming!
I am hoping that I will be able to get my things done quickly today so that I can give TheBoy a lot of attention. This will be hardest on him. He’s being very brave about it, but I know he is dreading it. His sisters keep talking about what fun they’re going to be having while mom is away and dad is at work. They’re going to have a “party” all day, every day! I know they will take good care of him.
SuperSoldier was able to call yesterday. I was glad considering the events over the weekend. They had a “commo blackout” for an unrelated incident, so families were left wondering until Sunday afternoon (when we received an email from the company commander.) It was just bad timing that these two incidents took place in such close proximity to each other. The blackout was lifted yesterday and SuperSoldier called.
I told him there was a discrepancy between the date he gave me for mail cut off and the date the company sent out. The company gave us more time. I asked if there was anything else he needed me to send while I still had a little while. There is. Want to guess what? … Yup. Beans. One of the guys he worked with told SuperSoldier to tell me he would pay me $50 for more beans! :) How’s that for an endorsement!? I had 3 quart jars left, so I packed them up yesterday and will mail them after my dentist appointment this morning. (and no, I will not accept money for them!)
Knitting and Yarn
I’ve been using kool aid to dye wool yarn lately. I love doing that! You can see what I’ve done over on my knitting blog. My “Morning Star” yarn is my favorite (the pink is second) and I think I’ll be knitting a sweater for Gariníon with it. I plan to wind it into a ball today and bring it with me on my trip.
All three girls auditioned for Beauty and the Beast on Sunday night. I *think* the callback list will be out today. I am always such a nervous wreck between auditions and final cast list. I fret that some will get parts and some won’t. I fret that any will get parts (because I dread the commitment… it’s worth it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s lots of driving!) I fret that they will be disappointed with the part they get (if any) etc., etc., etc.! I do hope they all get cast!
Please pray for safe travel and for my family while I’m away from home. I’ll be back with many pictures!