Monday, March 29, 2010

Looking way forward

It's been dreary for a little while, which may be preparing me for the next two months. I checked the weather in the British Isles yesterday before I started the Big Pack, and it was distressing to see the way they have this grey cloud cover over everything--it's a visual effect I have never seen on weather maps. After the process of finding out that Continental will only let me check one bag w/o an extra $100 roundtrip fee, I spent days being angry, bargaining, and then resigning myself to paying for a 2nd bag. But after seeing my supplies and materials (and clothes) sprawled around my empty luggage last night, I thought hard about what I really want to do and bring and am victorious again: I'll travel the way I always do, with one large bag, one smaller one, and a backpack. Hopefully the extra space on my return trip once my toiletries and food and other expendables are gone will be filled with soda bread and tea.

I haven't met my unrealistic expectations for my administrative work, so I'll have to do some in Belfast, but when is that NOT the case? If anything, I am truly excited for being in the studio again, working. Which reminds me, I have to find my knitting needles to pack...

2 comments:

  1. I will never, ever forget my first visit to Scotland in the 90s. On one of my last few days there, I went to see some extraordinary carved Pictish stones. I'd left them till a bit too late in the trip, and the one day I had left to be able to see them was grey and pissing rain, and involved a 3 - 4 mile trek from the train station into the hills. But I was determined, and put on my wellies and slicker and went for it, water running down my face and into my boots. About a third of the way there, I passed a similarly-attired woman of my own age out with her collie, who beamed at me and said, "Lovely day, isn't it?"

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  2. the british isles....grey and damp...better get used to the idea.

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