Archive for February, 2012

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today I’m traveling to the frozen tundra!!  No, not really, but after being in sunny, warm, beautiful Southern California my final destination will sure feel like the frozen tundra.

I’m no expert in flying, but over the years I’ve discovered there are certain items to bring and wear on the plane that make traveling a little more comfortable for me.

Items I travel with

1. I just purchased a Kindle Fire and I’m already in love with it.  I do wish it had 3G, but you can’t really beat the $199 price tag for a tablet.  I bought the Hunger Games and am still towards the beginning of the first book, but will probably finish it and move onto the second book.  Maybe I’ll purchase a magazine or two for the Kindle so I don’t have to worry about being tempted to buy a magazine at the airport and then carry it around.

2. The inflatable travel pillow in the graphic is from REI, but I bought one at Target before my trip to France last year.  Although it’s not the perfect pillow for sleeping on a plane it did serve its purpose of propping up my head so I didn’t get a weird nerve kink in my neck from trying to rest my head on my shoulder for several hours.  The travel pillow is really great in the sense that it’s inflatable (saves room when not in use!) and the removable cover is machine washable and is really soft and “furry” so it feels lovely.

3. Lip balm and lotion are MUST have items for me.  I carry Rosebud lip balm with me at all times and I always have some lotion at my office.  I don’t tend to carry hand lotion in my purse on an every day basis because, since I don’t want to put it in a ziploc bag, I’m always worried that it will spill in my purse.  I’m sure the hotel may provide little bottles of lotion along with shampoo, but I like to carry bring my own just in case.  Neturogena hand lotion is usually insanely effective at keeping hands silky smooth and soft.

4. I usually like to travel on a plane wearing flip flops, but since I won’t have any use for them while I’m in Canada during winter, I’ll be wearing my super comfy Reeboks (which I think are no longer available).  This pair of Reeboks was designed in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil and I can easily slip them on and off, which makes going through security a bit easier.  My dad always dresses nicely when he travels because he swears everyone treats you better, but I’m all about comfort.  Plus, I wear these when I walk to and from work (because I take the train and bus) and since they’re black, they usually blend in with my work pants a lot better than if I was wearing bright white running shoes.

Anyone have must-have travel items?

Let’s hope I catch my connection!


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February 2012 Goals

I was tempted to write a post at the beginning of January highlighting my goals for the month.  I decided to list those goals in my head and, what do you know, surprise surprise, I only accomplished one goal: finish the Paris Trip Blurb book.  AND, I finished it the last weekend of January.

The nice thing about a blog, even if no one reads it, is that my writing is out there and it’s a way I can hold myself accountable.  It’s more like an online diary, but highly edited and not as emotional.  I think there’s a higher possibility that I’ll accomplish my goals, or at least more goals, if I list them here.

So here’s what my goals are for this month (hobbies only):

1. Ask someone (most likely a friend) if I can practice taking photos of him, her, or a pet

2. Practice taking “headshots” of husband

3. List one calligraphy service ad (I’m thinking Weddingbee classifieds, The Knot, or Etsy)

4. Finish the Prince Charming quilt

5. Create a pattern for a pillow cover (complete with instructions and fabric quantities)

The first item is something I’ve been wanting to do for months, but I just feel really silly asking someone if I can practice on him or her.  I have a friend in mind, so I just need to get up the courage and ask.  The second item requires dragging P outside somewhere around LA with decent lighting and background. The lighting in our apartment is atrocious and I don’t have any portable flashes so we need to do this outside, but we’re usually lazy homebodies. The third item is something I’ve been wanting to do for at least a year, but again I’ve been nervous to do it.  “What if my ‘client’ hates my calligraphy?” “What if I screw up all the envelopes?” “What if I spend waaaay too much time and hardly get paid anything?”  I need to take the risk and do it because I’ll never really know the answers to those questions until I do it! I can easily finish Item 4, I just need to make the time.  I’m pretty sure I can finish Item 5 too, but it will probably require me to actually make the pillow cover as well, which I’m not opposed to.

And to make things more difficult on myself, I’ll only have 3 weeks to complete 4 of the 5 goals because I’ll be out of town for work for one week!  I should use that time away from home to research the best place to list my calligraphy services (with appropriate prices and instructions for a potential client) and create a pillow cover pattern.  I can do this! I will do this!

Sometimes I need an extra kick in the pants to get things done so feel free to push me in the comments and ask how my goals are coming along.

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