Stephanie says at RevGals:
Here in the Northern Hemisphere summer is upon us which for many means a season of more going and coming. As I child when my family was planning. For vacation, we knew we were getting ready when my mom stopped by the bookstore to buy the Frommer’s and Fodor’s guides for our destination. It was how she got ready to go. Today I’m in the final countdown to my sabbatical that begins in less than 48 hours. My preparation has included lists, lists, and few more lists. Around the RevGals community some are planning for vacations, others continuing education, still others are changing appointments or seeking new calls.
Whatever your going may be, physical travel or taking a mental break, how will you get ready to for it? Are you a list maker, a blog reader, a book gatherer, a house cleaner? On your blog or in the comments tell us about five things you do to get ready to go. What do you do to prepare yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually to be away? Or what unique preparations have you made for five different kinds of leave-taking, such as vacation, continuing education, changing calls, retirement, death of a loved one? Post a link to your blog if you answer there so we can visit.
1) At my house, we have embarked on A Great Austerity Program. So we are cutting lots of expenses. This means many conversations about money....oh, joy.
2) I am working VERY SLOWLY on the KonMari process of getting rid of unneeded things/retaining only the things that spark joy. It's hard, because I have very, very many things.
3) Next month my department will be moving from one building on campus to another. International offices often "live" in old dorms, and we are no exception; the dorm we are moving into was built in 1936 with WPA funding. It's been entirely remodeled for us this time (that does NOT usually happen!) so we are really excited to get into the new, old space. Packing a box a day, because the last time the move date got pushed back and I had to do it ALL in one day. Unhappiness!
4) When I travel for work in July I will lay in TV dinners for my spouse. It's what he prefers. I try to get the dishes and laundry caught up before I leave the house.
5) Sometime soon I will go visit my parents, and I need to get my car serviced/oil changed before then. Usually I throw some audio books in there; it's a long drive.