I am in such a pre-travel fret! Last night I took sleeping pill from 2002 because I was sitting (read: standing) there in our bedroom saying, "Oh! Wait! I should have done a load of laundry this evening! I forgot to try on my pedal pushers! Are my new pink sandals going to arrive in time and why does UPS say they don't recognize the number when Lands' End says they shipped? Which of the ten paperbacks I bought at the library book sale should I bring with me? Oh, dang, I meant to paint my fingernails! I should bake another batch of muffins just to be sure there are enough."
Then I was reassuring myself in a way that wasn't particularly reassuring, thinking, "Even if I totally forgot to pack, and then woke up late and couldn't shower, and had to rush to the airport with nothing but my purse which let's say for the sake of my peace of mind had my boarding pass and ID in it, I could still SURVIVE a 4-day trip. I would just go to a store there and buy a package of underwear and a thing of deodorant and maybe a t-shirt, and everything would be FINE JUST FINE ABSOLUTELY FINE."
I kind of love this kind of Anticipation Fret. It sure gives chores a little boost in the butt when I can think, "I should wash these clothes so I can TAKE THEM ON MY TRIP!!" and "I should bake muffins for the kids to eat WHILE I'M GONE ON MY TRIP!!!"
I do have one thing I'm genuinely fretting about, and that is the carry-on situation. Southwest says I can have one carry-on and one smaller personal item such as a purse or a laptop. When I was more distant from Flying Time, I casually interpreted this to mean I could have two carry-ons: my "as big as possible carry-on so I don't have to check any bags" carry-on, and my regular "magazines and snacks" carry-on.
Now that I am flying TOMORROW OMG IT'S TOMORROW, I'm worrying that no, they really mean one carry-on and one purse, and my regular carry-on will be my carry-on and so they will make me check my big carry-on.
Surely SOME of you have flown Southwest and can tell me The Scoop. Meanwhile, I will be running around going "OMG OMG OMG OMG" and cycling laundry and sorting paperbacks and digging out another 7-year-old sleeping pill for tonight.
Oh and p.s.: I checked in at the very MINUTE it would let me do it, and I was still number 25! But I'm in A group! Woo!
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