Practice Packing

Preparing for our upcoming trip I decided to practice packing.  Here I am trying to cram 3 weeks with of clothing for indeterminate weather into 2 carry on bags.   The Ryanair flight restrictions are extremely strict. Basically about 5 inches less in width than American flights.    Checked baggage cost is determined by weights and being frugal (cheap) decided to try just carry on.    Missing from the picture on the left above is my underwear (because I want to keep a LITTLE mystery).

I used packing cubes and rolled clothing which is suggested all over the Internet. I really like this idea and really kept everything organized.  I can take one or two things out and it retains shape.  Shoes are stuffed in the top and bottom in plastic with rolled up socks in them.  I was surprised how well it worked!

The cubes I ordered came with “secret pouches”. It literally says that:

I am using the secret pouch for electronics and sewed lines in the bag to keep everything separate.

I thought about painting over the “secret pouch” so that TSA won’t stop me and say “Hey, look in here!  It’s a secret pouch! Let’s strip search her!”  It could happen as I am typically singled out for a wanding at least.  Also several TSA agents have gone to second base on previous trips.  Not sure what wild haired middle aged woman is causing havoc but I must look like her.  (I really wish she would stop).

Finally I got it all in the two bags.  Practice packing success!  Now that I know it can be done I am a little disappointed that I am not leaving tomorrow and have to hang this stuff back up.  Sigh.

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I might just be a mermaid…

legs sailboatI’m always so thirsty.  Uhh, nothing will satisfy the craving.  One day I kept track and I drank 22 16oz glasses of water.  Maybe it’s the dry air of the desert as we all seem to walk around with our adult sippy cups.   I even think about water all the time. I dream of swimming, laughing in the rain, floating on rivers, and sometimes living underwater.  I once saw a scary old movie  where a fisherman wanted to catch a mysterious mermaid who was  singing beautifully to him.  I was captivated until…he caught a FISH HEAD  with LEGS!  Oh and  I also believe  mermaids must be vegetarians.  One could not go around eating their little singing  friends like  Sebastian or Flounder.  I can’t imagine going to a mermaid RedLobster and ordering a Dory with a side of Nemo.  I would enjoy the flowing hair and the weightlessness would be graceful.  However, if  I WAS a mermaid, where does one go to the bathroom?  Fish just go poo anywhere. Not so attractive when a mermaid does it. I have questions. I would definitely be a very thirsty mermaid too because I couldn’t drink the poop water.    I am just a thirsty land mermaid. (This picture only shows my human legs).

 

 

 

Shenanigans; The Beginning

I started desert and  accidentally meandered my way through fifty plus years.  I say accidentally because not much of it was planned. This is a place where I can share my love of this desert I call home, nature, travels, family and a few shenanigans along the way.  I’m glad you stopped by and welcome.

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