Monday, April 30, 2012

Trip Prep: Chores

Everyone knows that no matter what kind of rush you are in, no mother will leave the house messy.  In the words of every mother in the universe, much to the chagrin of every child in the universe, "No one wants to come home to a mess!"

On today's checklist, the biggest, boldest To Do was Clean the House.

So we did.  Bedrooms are clean, dusted and vacuumed.  Dishes are done and sink is scrubbed.  Windows are washed, floors cleaned.  Bedding is washed, dried and beds are re-made.  I know we will get it somewhat messed up before we leave, but all of the every-once-in-a-while jobs are done. . . except the bathroom.  Tomorrow is Patches' bath and I will scrub the bathroom down after the grody dog is clean!  I finished a bit of last-minute sewing on the fourteen shirts I altered (not an exaggerated number).  There is one more load of laundry to do, then all of the clothes will be clean and ready for the great sort-n-pack (more about that tomorrow).

As far as trip planning is concerned, today I printed all of the maps.  (No GPS yet.)  The map from the Bellagio Fountains to our hotel; the map from the Atomic Testing Museum to the Rain Forest Cafe; the map from the Avenue of the Giants to our hotel in Eureka.  It is pretty much a book.  But, wasting time being lost in a strange city is not at the top of my priority list.

Justin picked up his graduation robes today and sent me a quick note to tell me so.  His closing line said, "On to the future with Disneyland as the appetizer!!!"  

Amen to that!


  1. Hey. If you go to Jedediah Smith woods in Crescent City, I promise you won't be disappointed. By far the best redwoods I have ever been to. Wasn't too thrilled with the avenue of the giants. If anything, get out and run around the woods on the northernest part of the 'avenue'. That as the best part. Jedediah Smith woods is a 6 mile drive and you will see some of the biggest trees of your life. It was seriously the highlight of our entire redwood trip last year.

  2. Oh, Arah, thank you! We do have about 5 hours planned for that area, but I hadn't known about Jedediah Smith woods. We'll go there for sure.

  3. I have to admit that I feel a twinge of jealousy reading this post. First, because you got so much cleaning done (though I did manage to wash the dishes and mop the kitchen floor yesterday), and secondly because of what Justin said- that sounds so marvelous. My husband is graduating next week too- with a BSN. We are far from done! Hope the great sort-n-pack went well!