In an effort to travel with less stress, I’m trying to get as much done as I can this week to prepare for our trip to Gen Con next week. I was able to check a couple things off the big to-do list today.
First, we went to a local car wash and vacuumed out the car. Jon and I have made an effort to keep the car trash-free (yay for adulting), and we decided it was time for something a little more heavy duty, so we vacuumed the floors and the cup holders, which had gotten kind of gross, and then we wiped everything down with cleaner wipes. It didn’t feel too strenuous, and now our car is clean and passenger ready. I even took an extra step and put a monthly general cleaning reminder on my calendar so we can keep up with that.
Second, we picked up our travel snacks. Originally, we were going to go to Target and use the credit we still have on a gift card. Since we also had a gift card to Menards and wanted to go find a cache there (didn’t find it, but rescheduled only to be stealthier later), we just went ahead and shopped there. Trail mix, dried fruit, and beef jerky should be good for both travel and for walking around the convention center. We also picked up some travel toiletries so we could make sure everything was packed and ready the night before.
As far as our GC list goes, that’s about all we got done tonight, but I think it’s going to make a huge difference by the time we leave. Other things we have to do this week include turning in our change for some spending cash, cleaning the house, cleaning out the trunk of the car, and, of course, packing. My goal is to have everything packed on Sunday night to put in the car on Monday night, so I can get to bed early and be ready to hit the road at 5 on Tuesday morning.
The rest of our evening included some geocaching and dinner out at Cox Bros BBQ. We also picked up some lunches for this week. I had every intention of getting stuff to make some easy pasta salad and then forgot. I even had a list. I fail at groceries, sometimes.
The big excitement of my night was finding out that another of my favorite webcomic artists is going to be at Gen Con. I’m thrilled, and this means I will have to splurge on a plushie if the artist brings any. Or a book. Or both. I have my priorities.
The last thing I want to mention is something a co-worker told me about today. It’s a program called Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Camping that involves sleeping on the ground doesn’t agree with me, but I do enjoy outdoor activities and would like to revisit some of the things I did in my youth. Plus, I love new experiences. I don’t know if I can register for the fall one right now, both due to time and money, but I am going to apply for one of their scholarships since this would be my first time going and I could swing the remainder of the cost. If the fall one doesn’t happen, I think I’ll aim to sign up for the spring one, pending our location after the first of the year.
On the whole, it was actually a pretty good Monday.