We are on the road again…this time from Edinburgh to London where, if all goes smoothly, we will meet friends for dinner tonight. If it doesn’t go smoothly, we will probably be sitting in traffic on the M5.
Yesterday was devoted to rounding up all the things that some of you [I am not going to mention any names here] encouraged me to unpack. “Go ahead,” you said, “unpack fully and be fully present.” So I did. But this is a newish experience for me, so what seems like 982 discrete items, placed in drawers, closets, cupboards, the bathroom cabinet, the side pockets of the car, the magazine rack, the bedside table drawer, and on windowsills, the dining table and desk tops now need to be coaxed out of their spacious breathing room and back into a suitcase…at least for a few hours. Without leaving something abandoned and alone to be discovered weeks from now by our exchange family.
This happened with my husband’s good travel pants which we discovered were not in the suitcase when we reached Glasgow. We e-mailed the exchangers in Ireland with suggestions of where to look. They e-mailed back, “No pants.” Three WEEKS later, they discovered them in the dryer…which they had not used once in the intervening time. By then, we had bought another pair in a charity shop…which are too short, but my beloved is bored with looking for pants and refuses to find one the right length although he won’t wear these. Just saying. These things are not as simple as they seem sometimes.
Meanwhile, I am too emotionally weary and otherwise occupied to write a blog today. But I would suggest that if you would like something a little light-hearted and have not had a chance to read Wednesday’s, you can find it here:
Very few people opened the one from 13 June, which is one of the riskier ones I’ve written – totally different style. (In case you want to know how I know that, MailChimp sends me the statistics of how many subscribers open a particular piece), you might want to try that one. It is here: http://www.immram-chara.net/2015/06/13/passing-places/
Another light-hearted one that few folks read is from early in the trip. It is found at http://www.immram-chara.net/2015/05/08/to-have-or-to-have-not/
If you have missed one of the others over the sabbatical or if you had a favorite and would like to read it again (and, if so, please tell me which), you can find all of them here (most recent one first):
Text © 2015, Andrea La Sonde Anastos
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