Thursday, February 24, 2011

I think I'm overdoing it before my trip

Normally I don't let two whole days go by without posting unless I'm traveling. However, I've been crazy busy over the last couple of days getting ready to go to Orlando tomorrow. I'm feeling rushed and very, very tired.

It's occurring to me that I may be a bit over-extended right now. The bereavement group isn't physically demanding but it takes a lot out of me emotionally. The metalsmithing class is awesome and I love it but I don't get home until quite late. On the weeks that I have book club (like today) I'm tired from the last two days and have a hard time getting up and being excited for the group. I feel like I'm never really getting enough sleep.

This week I'm super-tired because when I have time I've been getting ready for Orlando. I knew it would be warmer there than here in Ontario but I didn't really think about how warm it would be. It's 25C (80F) there which is way different than it is here! Of course this means that I won't be wearing winter clothes there; I have to dig out all of my summer clothes instead.

Fortunately, these clothes take up less space in the suitcase. I'm connecting through Montreal to Orlando tomorrow and I only have an hour to make that connection. When connecting through Canada to the US, sometimes they make you go and get your checked baggage and then go through US customs. With only an hour to make the connection, I won't have time to go and get my luggage if that's what I have to do. So I'll be bringing only a carry-on suitcase with me - meaning that I can't take quite as many clothes as I might normally take.

Of course I'll bring another soft bag in case I buy things... which is likely. There's an outlet mall about a 15-20 min walk away from the hotel and another one a short drive/transit ride away. When I arrive tomorrow I have to wait about three hours for my roommate (whose name the room is in) to get there, so I was thinking of storing my luggage at the hotel and going to the nearby outlet mall. Or I'll spend the entire time curled up on a sofa or chair, reading. It depends on how tired I am. At at least one point during this trip I expect to do some shopping.

I'm looking forward to the trip, not just to being somewhere warm, although that will help, but because I'll have the chance to see and hang out with my friends. At least I'm only going for a weekend... let's hope it's relaxing and that I'm not more tired when I return on Monday.

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