Sorry- this is a rant and another vacation themed blog. I can’t believe the mileage I’m getting out of my family trip.
See the bags in the picture- this is one of those blogs where the picture is integral to the story, not just a pic that I took that I thought was pretty.
The bag on the left is what my daughter used while we were sightseeing. Cute, right? The bag on the right is what I used. Utilitarian, no? The bag in the middle is what my husband used. ? What word can you use to describe the bag between the other two?
As I was discussing with amazing Ann yesterday http://muddlingthroughmymiddleage.wordpress.com/, we like to be prepared in the event of say, anything happens. I like to be ready- which means I carry a very large bag when we go on vacations. ( I believe this is the fault of diaper bags- when you have a young child you routinely walk around with so much stuff you forget there is any other way to travel)
Personally, I take the following with me:
- wallet- can’t forget cash and credit
- key- hotel room key very important
- camera- I take a lot of pictures
- phone- I mean really- this is my datebook, alarm and means to the outside world- I don’t go anywhere without my phone.
- sunglasses- they add an air of mystery to any outfit
- rain poncho (I find the poncho is easier on vacation)
Now- these six things do not take up much room. Frankly- I could use a smaller bag. And I realize that I like to be prepared, and I might need the following things for my own use…..but…… I will in get the following questions:
Do you have any sunscreen?
Do you have any insect repellent?
Do you have any water?
Do you have any gum/mints?
Do you have a tissue?
Do you have lip stuff with SPF?
Do you have the map the hotel clerk gave us?
Do you have the brochure I picked up at that kiosk?
Do you have the review of lobster rolls that I ripped out of that magazine?
Do you have an advil?
Do you have any quarters for the meter?
Did you bring the phone charger?
I also get the following requests:
Can you hold my camera?
Can you hold this 500 page guidebook I found which has all the thing they list on the trip advisor sight?
Can you hold this 5 pound piece of fudge that I had to have?
Do you have room for my sunglasses?
We don’t need a bag for the 600 Boston Tea Party tea bags we’re buying, my wife can put them in her purse- you know- my wife is Mary Poppins in her spare time…….her bag can hold everything……
Hold open your bag so I can wash my hands, because you forget the hand sanitizer, but remembered the kitchen sink…….
I think you get the idea……you see how I began to go off the rails?
I know this is all my own fault. I’ve spent 15 years being super mom/wife. But frankly, I’m ready to take off the cape. The only thing I’ve received for my super hero status are shoulders that are never not tense. Silly me didn’t book a massage when I made the hotel reservations, so all the other Mom superheroes had already taken all the available spots. Next vacation is being booked around spa treatment appointments.
Drop the cape.