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[livejournal.com profile] mrpet and I are flying to the UK for my sister's wedding. I feel completely unprepared.

I have a dress. That's about it. I don't even have shoes to wear with the dress.*

No, that's untrue. I don't have shoes,* but I do have a passport, a plane ticket, and a place to stay. Maybe it won't be so bad. I can rework my SF packing list, because the trip is for about the same length of time.

...

The logic of that didn't actually help. I still feel overwhelmed. I need a list of things to do. Traveler's checks? Power cord converter thingees? Cell phone coverage? Gods, I hardly know where to start. Which is why I should make a list. Yeah, a list. *wry*

*Look out DSW!
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So, the thing that went poorly on Saturday that I didn't tell y'all is that I lost my passport.

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This gorgeous picture taken by [livejournal.com profile] gatopreto.

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On Saturday once again we woke up very early and stayed in for a while. [livejournal.com profile] gatopreto made very nommable parfait, in pretty glasses and with accompanying toast. We had that and some snuggles and got tidy and made plans for the day. We decided to get some meat at a Brazilian place nearby. The buffalo was good, surprisingly the soup was much better, a really terrific vegetable concoction that I have to imagine was made in-house with a venerable stock.

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This is not the story of a specific day. This is a post about what I packed and what I brought with me.

I got several compliments on my outfits and how well everything went together, as well as on specific pieces. Partly this is due to my using the sneaky packing trick of only bringing things that go with each other.

I brought three pairs of shoes, which I frequently do. Shiny red boots, shiny burgundy shoes, and purple hi-ops. Two outer layer things, the red cord jacket [livejournal.com profile] mrpet bought me in NYC and my pink suede jacket. A light scarf and a warm scarf (really happy I did that, scarves are so mad useful). A bandana and a handkerchief for various purposes. Toiletries, makeup (though I mostly didn't wear any). My laptop, cell phone, mp3 player and their various chargers. Gifts for my hosts. A water bottle, which I drink before going through security and then go through hassles getting filled again inside the airport. Books - usually one book per day plus one for an emergency makes me feel secure, though I read only a bit this trip. And my experienced jetsetting companion,

I don't typically bring much in the way of toys when I fly. I figure, if you fly there is no guarantee you will see your stuff again. Particularly toys that can be interpreted as weapons. So, I just brought a strap, a toy to put in it, and some gloves.

Probably my favorite packing tip is this: make two piles. In one pile goes everything you KNOW you're going to need. In the other pile goes everything you MIGHT need. In the middle goes your luggage. Once the piles are established, you put in everything you definitely need and see how much room is left. Then you decide what you want to add from the "maybe" pile. I think I got this tip from [livejournal.com profile] dilletante and it's a really fabulous one.

This trip I mostly brought tunic dresses and pants, in warm jewel tones. You can wear a dress by itself, or, it is cozy layered over pants and under a sweater. The color scheme was reds, purples, a bit of gray and black. That wound up being a great decision. I wish I had brought better shoes for hiking but the hi-tops were okay for that. I also brought my exercise pants which I can wear both out in the world and also to bed or to relax. I didn't bring a bathrobe, regretted it until [livejournal.com profile] gatopreto loaned me one of his.

Here are three packing principles I try to keep in mind.

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briefly...

May. 17th, 2010 10:19 am
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I chose to indulge in inflight wifi. Thirteen dollars for five hours of net seemed like a decent trade to me, perhaps because I've been offline most of the weekend. So, stay tuned for further travelogue postings in the next few hours.

Tiny beef: they say there are plugs for computers available on every flight. If so, it's the opposite of obvious.

I will probably delete this message later as self-indulgent. Hope you're all having a nice Monday.
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So, Friday.

My host is being kind enough to let me force him onto my sleep schedule. This has mostly involved going to bed early and waking up early. (This morning I woke up appropriately time-shifted, tomorrow I'm going back to Boston. Yeah.) So, we woke up early on Friday and had breakfast - toast and smoothies, yum. [livejournal.com profile] bluepapercup came out and picked me up here at the casa. We had talked about going to the beach but the weather was not very nice, so we decided instead to go to the Fine Art Museum.

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The plane got in half an hour early, which the stewardess apologized for. I thought that was funny. [livejournal.com profile] gatopreto had been watching the status online, so when I texted to say that it was early he texted back that he was already there.

When I was writing yesterday I didn't mention that the woman sitting next to me was a self-proclaimed spirit medium. This is a placeholder, as it deserves a whole post of its own. For now, let your imaginations run wild. :)

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This is the final account of my Atlanta travelogue. Thanks for playing.

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The cats weren't mad at me for leaving, this time. Sometimes they are. Pretzel was delighted that I was back. Suzu was very happy to see me but concerned that I wasn't really Mom, that I was an imposter. Possibly the Atlanta air made me smell wrong. But all is resolved now, and they both slept on my bed last night. Awww.

This afternoon I leave for a second and shorter trip with [livejournal.com profile] trouble4hire, one we do every year. I will not have my computer with me, so you won't hear from me again until Monday. I mostly just told people I would be back on the 21st, for the sake of simplicity, and because I knew I wouldn't be up to doing anything yesterday. And I wasn't.
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I knew that Tuesday was my last full day in Atlanta and it was after a day of rest, so, if I was going to have any further adventures, Tuesday they would have to be. I decided to take the MARTA back to Little Five Points. I hadn't spent enough time there on Sunday. (Here the threatening music starts.)

Pride goeth... )

Here's a question - how do you know/decide whether and how much to tip people? Looking back over the trip, I tipped someone who went out of her way to accomodate me, who seemed quite surprised that I gave her money, and someone else whose service was fine but not especially inspired seemed surprised that I didn't tip him. Hmmm.
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Only in the South would you see a straight guy wearing suspenders and a white straw hat unironically. This was one of the first things I noticed when we got in at the airport. He wasn't an older gentleman, either - he was probably in his twenties.

Further collected observations. )

Oh, yeah, and another thing. Race. It's not just that Georgia has a lot more ethnic diversity than New England, although that's certainly true. But I noticed that the older dark-skinned gentleman in the rental car bus with us got very different treatment from the rental car people. And yesterday when I was reading reviews of Atlanta brunch places, I noticed something saying that the guy's wife had found a curly hair in her omlette. Would it be better if the hair had been straight and blond? And if so, why?
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Smooth, but tiring )
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(This post comes a bit later than my others on the subject, since I spent most of today traveling.)

Busy, Busy )

After dinner, [livejournal.com profile] mrpet and I headed back to the hotel. We wanted to turn in early so that I would be fresh for my journey the next day.

The final installment of the Atlanta trip will hopefully be coming sometime tomorrow.
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Challenges )

Yesterday also brought several new facts to light. 1) I do have to report for jury duty on Monday at 8 am. Urgh. 2) Another old friend of mine from Atlanta no longer lives here, but is visiting for the weekend, and plans to have dinner with us tonight. 3) Jim needs to stay in Atlanta through at least Monday for work purposes. Although potentially frustrating for him, this means that now our hotel room will be covered by his job for the weekend, not just for Thursday and Friday nights. Thus, our vacation has been further reduced in cost, to my plane ticket (probably - [livejournal.com profile] mrpet got a deal on them, so we may get the difference back) and whatever we spend on non-hotel food and entertainment/shopping. So yay.

Today, we're planning to check out another labyrinth, visit a yarn store, and possibly explore a store specializing in vintage punk clothing.
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Getting Reacquainted )

Plan for today - I want to make it to the Lenox Square Mall to indulge in a laser fitting via Intellifit. I may also do some shopping at that time. I need a belt! And some sunglasses - I didn't bring any, although using the term "forgot" would imply that at some point, it occurred to me that Atlanta would be bright, which simply isn't true.

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