May 18, 2010

Dreams, Pre-Trip, Postcards

Such bad dreams last night! Beaten, tortured, trapped! Fire and explosions! I kept waking up with that whole-body, steeped-in-cold-fear feeling. What the heck, brain?

So far I've had only one Travel Stress dream in anticipation of this weekend's Niece Visit: I dreamed that I kept disappearing and reappearing, like the guy does in The Time Traveler's Wife. This was interfering with my ability to catch a flight.

I'm having lots of fun doing Not-Really-Necessary Pre-Trip Things. Like, baking and freezing muffins so the children will have them while I'm gone, and doing an extra hair-glossing treatment, and browsing travel sizes of things I already have in travel sizes, and ordering a new skirt I probably won't bring with me even if it fits. But still: fun! I wonder if this is why articles like "12 Days to the Perfect Summer Eyebrow!" are popular: they give a feeling of pleasant work toward a pleasant goal, but without being important enough to cause stress?

I've also been working on things I really do want to work on before I go, like my Milk and Cookies post due Wednesday mornings: my flight comes in Tuesday night, so perhaps I should get that done ahead of time? And yet, I am still distracted by last week's post, in which I made a list of postcard sets I've found useful for Postcrossing. Because in the process of writing it, I found a search term ("postcard book cards") that has found me way more cards than I've found before. I've already ordered a book of Marilyn Monroe postcards, and in my cart I have Lincoln postcards, SomeEcards postcards, and flower fairies postcards (even though the artist isn't from the U.S.). I keep browsing through page after page of possibilities.

AND I've been distracted by the post I wrote for tomorrow's Milk and Cookies (edit: it's posted now), which is going to be about small happy purchases (like, $10 and under). Writing such an article encouraged me to research future small happy purchases I could consider. There has been much browsing, and some of it has been of LARGE happy purchases. I want this bird salt-and-pepper set so badly:

14 comments:

Swati said...

Now that salt and pepper set is a work of art I'd love to own!

Amanda said...

It's squeeze your heart adorable but my kids would break it :(

Fran said...

That is undeniably cute!!

Dr. Maureen said...

That is the cutest salt and pepper shaker set I've ever seen, and I own ones that look like a tiny bagel (salt) and a tiny muffin (pepper.) (Although the muffin broke. Sniff.)

d e v a n said...

So cute. My husband is starting to hate the Internet, because I see things that want too often. Birds are my current weakness, but I will try to resist the salt and pepper shakers!

sara said...

So cute! Darn the internet and all its lovely items to purchase.

Whimsy said...

I simultaneously LOVE and also HATE it when a search term takes over my brain. It'll be like that and I'll keep returning to the items I've bookmarked like it's some kind of tick.

In other news: I want that salt & pepper shaker set.

Saly said...

I love those S&P Shakers!! I would destroy them though, I'm sure. (not even the kids, me)

I think my favorite part of taking a trip, might be the prep. I love making lists, and travel sized items, and packing, and...well....I guess the trip is nice too.

Heather said...

I got a SERIOUSLY rude book of postcards from that Somee range. I post them to my best friend in NZ, no way could you send them through postcrossing!

jiveturkey said...

That salt & pepper set rendered me momentarily speechless. LOVE.

Ay ay ay, I hate the pre-trip anxiety. I seriously can't relax until I sit down on the plane. The worst was when I was (still) jet-lagged in Israel, and couldn't fall asleep before our return flight home the next morning. I had the TV on the National Geographic channel (one of the few English channels we had), and they kept advertising some show on AIR DISASTERS, so I'd randomly open my eyes after failing to fall asleep (again), and see a plane bursting into flames on the runway. AWESOME.

Miss Grace said...

I'm crazy for Cecily Mary Barker.

I have considered a flower fairies tattoo, although I think that might be overkill on the children's lit tattoos.

My cousin has the rose flower fairy tattooed on her calf.

chrissy said...

I had a dream last night that I was in a polygamous marriage with a couple that I have known in real life since high school. Ewwwwwww. Ew.

Those birds would make me feel much better.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

That is a super cute salt and pepper shaker. I want one too.

Lippy said...

Pre-trip jitters really take away from the excitement. Love the salt and pepper shakers, but they would be broken at my house.