The extreme art of list making
It's two weeks into term, my youngest son has started school, I have a day where I am not working and it feels like the first day of the rest of my life.
If I wasn't about to pull him out of school in 5 weeks time I would probably be feeling quite sad but instead I feel an excited anticipation as at last I can turn my mind to the countless tasks I need to do in order to go away.
My mind is listing the thousand and one things that I need to do. Most of them are inane and unimportant but a few are actually worthy of remembering. With that in mind I go searching for my giant list book. Yes, I actually have a book for my lists! It's big, black and shiny and has all my jottings for the last 3 years. I also have lists on whiteboards, lists on my computer and of course zillions of bookmarks. Today I spent a good hour consolidating my lists and trying to work out how to fit everything into the dozen days I have free in the next 5 weeks.
All my lists seem to have something to do with this impending trip. Work I need to finish off; things I need to find; places to book, jabs to undergo, and a rather overwhelming list of maintenance required on our house to make it worthy of letting out whilst we are away.
As if having one's own lists is not enough I also collect other peoples lists from numerous blogs of other travelling families. This may sound a little OCD but there are some really good ideas (honestly)! There are two in particular that have been really helpful, one from an English family from London, she writes really well so it makes a really good read. http://itsasmallworldafterallfamily.wordpress.com/ The other is an Australian family who have been travelling for ages but have stopped for a while in New Zealand this is called 'our travel lifestyle'. I have contacted both of these with questions about such diverse subjects as wifi, jab dilemmas and availability of pull ups.
Following someone's blog is like getting letters from an old friend you follow their highs and lows and above all it makes you feel that it is ok to take your kids out of school and travel particularly as compared to these people our little jaunt is just an extended holiday not 'proper' travel.
So old friends (I think there are about 2 of you subscribing at the moment). I will sign off and go and try and tick off something on my list. Can I paint Finn's room in two hours? I'll have another cup of coffee and think about it.