You guys! I did not feel vacation vibes at all until last night at 10:55 PM when suddenly they kicked in with the fury and I am going on vacation tomorrow! Finally! All I have done for a month is look at Norway weather forecasts and dream of snow and also roll my eyes at the pile of work obligations and weird requests from my boss and feel further and further from true vacation mindset and now suddenly it is here and I was not prepared!
This morning I woke up at 5 AM and tried on all my clothes and put them in compression bags. I am not kidding you when I tell you these bags work like a mother effah! They are basically weird plastic Ziplocs that you put your clothes in, and then you roll them until all of the air squeezes out of invisible spots at the edges of the bags and they compress down into tiny little laminated packets.
I bought this set on Amazon and also additionally about five other brands online but these are the ones that work the best. What I am trying to say here is that I did the market research by simply buying ALL OF THE BAGS possible in the known universe and trying them all out over the past few weeks and deciding that these no-name brand ones are the ones you can most rely upon to squeeze your clothes AND also stay laminated for at least one week. As one does.
Yes I am carrying my gigantic winter coat on the plane, but I have two additional down coats squeegeed into these little laminated packets. My suitcase does not technically close, ahem, so I may have to jettison a coat. I have all my underwear and socks packed. And then this morning I stood in my bedroom with a cup of coffee and one snoring cat on the bed and I tried on all of my outfits until I figured out mostly/kinda/sorta what I was going to wear and then I put them all in the bags and started squeezing.
I made four shirts, two pj pants and one extremely thick pair of skirted leggings for this trip. The leggings may not make it to Norway after all because they are way too bulky and did I mention the suitcase does not close? I still have not finished the last hat that I was planning to knit for this but hopefully I can get to do it on the plane. I have so many hats and I have a scarf and I have my mittens and gloves and three coats (for now) and two pairs of shoes and frankly I should just move to Norway because I strongly feel I’m a winter person.
Not to get into a whole deep monologue on body issues because honestly I just can’t even, not enough wine, too early in the morning… but trust me, I am a winter person. I am an honest true “never naked“ person. I will never be a “walk around in a tank top and feel comfortable in short shorts” kind of lady. First of all you can get ringworm that way. Real talk.
I’m more of a “give me a slanket and also additional socks” kind of person. My naked parts aren’t touching seating that other people’s naked parts have been touching.
This makes me extraordinarily well suited for cold weather. As part of my study and deep research on arctic living I started watching a show on amazon prime called “Trapped.” IT IS SO GOOD. The captain and I watched it kind of like we were watching a documentary and now we know how to both solve crime and dress for Icelandic winter which pretty much translates to arctic Norway, I am guessing, because … snow?
I’m excited to get out of here and see snow and maybe solve crime. It’s only been in the past few days I realized I have been a little down. Bob has been on the decline and work has been draining and the captain and I don’t get to see each other very much right now so everything is a little exhausting and lonely. I’m happy that we’re finally going on our winter Norway trip, and it kicks off a nice little six month period of traveling and dreaming and wearing goofy matching outfits on airplanes. I’m looking forward to the happy moments. It’s just little things … us holding hands while we stand in line at the airport. Making jokes. Doing facemasks on the plane. Call me crazy but I love the unbroken hours of sitting on an airplane because we’re together and there are no urgent texts or meetings or doctor’s appointments or bills to pay for phone calls to return… Just two people in matching shirts living 100% in the moment and somehow it’s our thing and we love it.
There will come a day when schedules will change and other things will resolve, but right now this is where we are. So we do this travel-together-and-maybe-fight-crime thing and I’m really really happy we’re going to Norway. My clothes are compressed into tiny laminated packets. I’m almost ready. Just gotta zip it all up.