Heading to Florida Next Week

Next Friday, I’m headed out the door to Florida. I made a promise to myself a few years ago that traveling was important and that I was not going to turn down any opportunity to travel or see something new that I’d not seen. Sometimes that makes life a little difficult, sometimes it makes things a bit more interesting.

My mother, grandmother and two aunts are headed south and I’m going with them. At times like these, I love that my business is portable. Of course preparation for a trip with a business is more complex than merely throwing a few changes of clothes in a bag — but I hope to get it down to a science soon.

My husband has finally agreed to maintain his own computer and keep his virus updates done, and to do regular maintenance on a schedule. I’ve been trying for two years to get him to do this so I could put him on the Internet. It was just too much trouble — besides, if he needed anything online, he just had me do it for him. *sigh* But now, I’ll be putting his computer on the Internet (hopefully) before I leave.

This will be the first time we will be able to communicate by computer while we are apart since we were dating! He and I are both a little excited about that. With five of us going it’s going to be a bit cramped, I’m afraid. I usually pack fairly light, but I also usually pack up my mobile office. My goal is to be able to take my full size keyboard and mouse and my clothes in a single overnight-sized bag.

I think I’ll be able to do it. If I can, life will be much easier. Now, if only I could do that reduction approach with the rest of my life! This weekend, I’m trying to make a bit of progress with the “stuff” I own. But, to make real headway would require a full week of nothing else — and that would just be a start. I’m feeling like it’s never going to get done at this rate.

For now, I’ll simply plan my packing for next weekend and do what I can to close out any “hanging” projects during my regular work week. Maybe while I’m gone, I’ll come up with some systems that will help me lighten my load when I return home. Maybe a change of scenery will help.