What's the first thing you pack?

Wow, somebody up there really likes me. I can tell because they're forecasting a heatwave in Minneapolis this week. High temps above freezing. Night temps are 10* tomorrow night, but mid-twenties on Thursday. Still cold, but not frighteningly cold. We get that cold here...once in a while.

So, how do you pack for a short trip? That's today's question.

Here's how I prioritized my packing.

First thing I got ready was my activity bag, or in this case, it's my activity tupperware. I have all I'll need to assemble 6 sections for the border of my hex medallion quilt. That's hours and hours and hours of fun.

Next, I pack toiletries. "Never get caught without a toothbrush" is my motto.

Then, I pack snacks. This time, it's a walnut/almond-laden trail mix that I added chocolate covered blueberries to. Yum! And, a bag of dried dates. A bag with sugar, creamer, teabags and coffee packs (hotels never give enough). And, two candy bars. "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again."

Then, I assembled, but did not pack my warm weather gear; coat, scarf, gloves (I wish I had mittens), knitted wool cap, knitted warm slippers and hand made heavy socks, a fleece pullover. These all need to go on top where they'll be easy to grab.

Finally, I packed shoes and socks and clothes. Apparently, these are the least important things for me to take. Or, maybe they're the obvious choices, so I don't worry about forgetting them. Ei

And, I make a list so I'll remember my book and my laptop cord and my mouse and my aspirin and my moisturizing saline nasal spray and all the other stuff that needs to get there with me. That's the stuff I'll scramble for in the morning while I'm ticking things off on my mental list...because everybody needs at least two lists, right?

Every trip is an adventure. Sometimes I do a shop hop. Sometimes I plan an activity. This time, I'm going to try sewing on the plane. That doesn't sound like a big deal, right? Plug in my headphones with a book on mp3 and sew during the flight? No big deal for most of us, but a huge deal for me. And, because it's such a big deal to me, I've been thinking about why I don't do it. And, I'm brought back to all those kids that called me names in school and how important it was to me not to draw attention to myself. And, sewing on a plane is guaranteed to draw attention to me.

What would you think if you saw me sewing in an airport or on a plane? What would your husband think?

Take care and have a great day. Lane


Lee Ann L. said...

I didn't know you could sew on the plane. I've heard rumors that needles of any kind, including knitting, applique, and cross-stitch needles, were banned. But, those are just rumors I've heard...

Tammy said...

Folks who call others names are small people. I hope you will enjoy sewing on the plane. It sounds like a great way to pass the time as well as get some work done on your hex medallion quilt.

Sewing is a skill, some of the most skillful sewers are indeed men. I think this is because men are able to focus much better than women. Most women, myself included are experts at multi-tasking whereas, concentrating all our energy and attention on one thing at a time is difficult.

I play golf do you? I once went golfing with lady friend and her twenty year old son. My lady friend and I had a most excellent round, we chatted about our kids, husbands, jobs, recipes, ate chips, had beers all while playing golf. My friend shot 104 and I shot a 96. Her son shot a 72 but the only thing he did was play golf. He threw grass in the air to check the wind pattern, scanned the fairway to judge his yardage from the pin, took practice swings and studied the green before he putted each hole. It was beautiful to watch him play. But it sure didn't look like much fun.

One more story for you..in 2005 my hubby had a detached retina. We made many trips to Winnipeg for surgeries and medical appointments. My job was driving 320 miles round trip and waiting in the reception areas. While waiting I would knit dishcloths. That summer I knit 27 of them. It takes about 3 hours to make one dishcloth that is how much waiting we did. One time a lady sat beside me and said "your knitting" I said "yes" She says "nobody knits anymore it is a dying art." I said "I guess" She says "I have a knitting machine it works way faster and better than knitting by hand." I says "yes a machine is faster, but it is not portable now is it?" The dialogue kinda died there. lol

Have a safe flight, good travels and warm weather my dear Texas sewing man.

oldbatt said...

I would totally ask you what you were working on and then strike up a conversation about sewing and quilting. I wish you would have told me you needed mittens...I have so much wool it's coming out of my ears!

Have fun while you are here. You are lucky that we are having better weather! Best, Lisa

Impera Magna said...

If I saw you sewing on the plane, I would definitely want to know what you were working on! Anyone engaged in needlework of any kind is a magnet for me.... I love seeing what others are doing.

Patricia said...

If I saw you sewing on the plane---especially quilting---I would ask you what you are doing? How long have you been a quilter? How impressed I watching you sew hex's together? and whether you have a Blog or not? My husband would remark on how you are sewing by hand and probably tease me because I don't--too lazy. He would listen in on our conversation and probably ask you things like how much fabric do you have---so he could tease. The fact that you are a man sewing wouldn't be an issue--ever--at least not with us.

Shay said...

If I saw you sewing at thw airport or in a plane,I'd probably think "Well there's a man who's very secure with himself", and then I'd strike up a chat about what you were working on. I'd probably pick your brains for ideas too.

First thing I pack when I'm travelling is my hairdryer, and straightener. I know- I'm such a girl. I figure if I forget undies I can buy them when I get there !

Sunshine said...

I'd think "How cool", and yes, I'd think "How rare, it's a guy sewing".

Bonnie K. Hunter said...

I'd be right there sewing next to you Lane! I'd probably ask to borrow your needle threader ;c)

Public Displays of Quilting get more comfortable the more you do it.

I also travel with my own tea bags and food stuffs. One of the things that lives in my suitcase is one of those plug in immersion beverage heaters that looks like a coil attached to a cord. I also take my lidded metal coffee cup, I can make tea in the cup with the plug in thingie, instead of the coffee maker --and not have to worry about my tea tasting like coffee.

I got the immersion heater on amazon for CHEAP after spending the time in Vegas with my dad and not even HAVING a coffee maker to heat water in our hotel room. They expected you to go to the starbucks in the lobby. Live and learn! Now the heater just lives in my suitcase for trips, and it will boil the water in the cup in 2 minutes! ((It also takes up ZERO luggage space))


whimzeestitches said...

I'd come up to you and ask what you're working on, where you from, where you going. I don't sew on planes, I rarely hand sew anything, so I would look really odd if I had my sewing machine with me - not to mention, where would you plug that in on a plane? LOL --- But I do read lots of quilt magazines and such on planes, and I really don't give a hoot what anyone else thinks - I really enjoy it when someone does ask if I quilt or sew and if the are a quilter too, even better - I have someone to talk to for a spell.

JoAnne said...

Hey, if you can sew on the plane, awesome. I think it would make me puke, LOL! I took some hand applique out and worked on it on board the ferry up to Alaska, and met everyone on board who quilts or does other needlework--it was great! I can see where you may be a bit reluctant, since you are a man, but these days there are a lot of men in the quilt world. I hope you try it!

Chl said...

IF I traveled, and I saw you sewing - of any kind, you would be a like a "chick magnet" to me. I would hope that we would be on the same plane and could wrangle to sit by each other. Quilters are by far the friendliest people around (for the most part). I am painfully shy so that would give me a reason to come out of my shell. And as far as the hubby goes, he lives with me and my sewing studio taking up the majority of one floor for half a century. Whats he going to say? He would just shake his head and probably mumble about there goes another one and wonder what YOUR stash is like, if its as out of control as mine! hahaha,

Good luck, stay safe and above all else,


lw said...

I would ask how you got needles and scissors past security-- I would love to bring handwork on a business trip in a carry on. My husband would think you were an artist, and he'd be right.

Elizabeth said...

I would think that it was cool if I saw you sewing in an airport or on a plane. And if my husband saw you, he would probably point you out to me so I could admire your work. I know it is hard, but don't worry so much about what other people think. No one has walked in your shoes, so they can't judge.

xo -El

Vesuviusmama said...

If I saw you sewing on a plane, I'd smile and crane my head over to peek at what you were doing. Then I'd hold up my hand sewing project and give you a thumbs up!

When I pack, I pack underwear first. It something you don't really have to think about, and I've found that if I don't do it first, I'll assume I've already packed it and end up with none. Then I pack toiletries (which are already pre-packed since I travel fairly often) and make sure I have my Excedrin Migraine medicine. Then at least 2 books - I hate not having something to read. Then clothes and my project. My project is usually last because I'm usually rushing to get something ready to bring along at the last minute. And I always pack the night before because I always pack too much - in the morning, I take out what I have realized I don't need.

Anonymous said...

my husband is a quilter (currently redwork embroidering) and I have a few thousand half-inch hexagons to prep, so there is lots for us to talk about