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Packing….

I sat down this moment to write a post in hopes it will help me to off load some of the anxiety I’m feeling  as it relates to packing for Saturdays trip.  Writing helps to put things into perspective.  Honestly, even as I type I feel the need to hyperventilate fading away.  Here’s hoping 🙂

I’m a bit OCD/anal and for weeks leading up to a vacation I start to pile things I need for vacation into a tote as I think of them.  I make lists, I download books to my e-reader, etc etc.

OK…..so this year we decided to use a carry on back pack style (for each of us).  We are doing this because once we arrive in Mexico we are spending some time moving from place to place  via bus and water taxi.   After spending a lot of time researching on the net we decided to purchase two Tortuga Travel Backpacks.   They are only available online but once received we were fairly happy with what we got.  Lots of little pockets and security features.  The ability to carry it like a suitcase with back pack straps tucked in.  Not flashy bags so you don’t look like a rich tourist.  Just what we were looking for.

This morning I pulled everything out and started trying to squeeze them all in to my pack. However does one decide what they what to wear before you get there????  We will be on small islands most of the time so I imagine it will be breezy (they are narrow..you can see from one shore to the other).  Looking at the temps, it’s not looking crazy hot and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of humidity.  So…walk clothing, beach clothing, after beach clothing, dinner clothing, tees, tanks, nicer tops, sweater, sundresses, shorts, capris, skort,  sandals, hat, belt….yadda yadda 🙂 undies, socks (we hike a lot)…..

Did I mention, CPAP machine (I have obstructive sleep apnea and it doesn’t count toward carry on, but I don’t want to bring it’s big case, so I’m packing it in my bag….my little laptop (can’t live without a keyboard), e-reader, extra glasses, contac lenses, sunglasses….does the list ever stop?  Nope, it does not – day pack, toiletries, earrings, passports, cash.

OK…this is all this stuff on the table – doesn’t fit in the pack *yet*…….that’s my travel purse on the left….kind of um…tree huggerish…but it’s VERY functional!

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Sure, it looks closed – but the stuff beside it needs to go into it – plus the CPAP and a bathing suit and another tshirt and it needs to be max 22 lbs with a ‘size’ of

Baggage weight allowed according to the class. 
Economy Class Option Plus Club Class
Weight 10 kg (22 lb) 10 kg (22 lb)
Dimensions 23 x 40 x 51 cm (9 x 16 x 20 in) (including wheels and handles)

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It has some nice features…great little zippered things that I don’t have the room to fit anything into 🙂  OH JOY.

 

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Stay tuned for Saturday’s post that tells you whether once fully packed I was actually able to carry this onto the plane or not!

 

On the move!

The condo sale market in Ottawa has been pretty slow for the last couple of years.  We listed our condo in May 2014 – and it had a sale in October 2014, then it fell through.  Took it off the market and put it back up in May 2015 – by mid October it hadn’t sold so we decided to take it off the market for the winter again.  Lo & behold the week before it was about to expire we got an offer and the sale firmed up this past week with a completion date of November 26th.  We had to scramble to find a place to lease.  November was already going to be a busy month for us with a trip to Toronto for a 30 year reunion November 21/22 and Johnny heading to Japan on business a few days later.  So….we are moving this week – November 12th – with about 10 days from finding out we were moving for certain to move date *sigh*.  We are doing great though, most of the packing is done and today we are starting to move a few things into the locker in the new unit.  We can’t start putting things in the actual condo until Tuesday and the movers are scheduled to arrive at 8:15 on Thursday morning.

The exciting thing here is we have decided to move right downtown to the Byward Market (Lowertown) area!  Our new digs are at the corner of George & Cumberland in the Eastmarket Phase III.  10th floor with south/west views and a huge balcony to enjoy them on!

Catch you again on the other side of the move!

Johnny standing in the open concept living/dining area gazing down George Street toward Chateau Laurier & Parliament Hill.  It’s a corner unit! with glass window/walls on 2 sides.

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