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20 October 2010 @ 06:24 pm
Busy Busy Busy  
I realized I was perhaps a little stressed over packing and heading down for the Festival when I couldn't find the power cord to my portable DVD player and ended up crying, half underneath my bed, head resting against a dusty board game box.  (I finally found it!  It was downstairs.)  But I think I needed a little cry; I'm big on catharsis, so it worked out.

I hate packing, though.  All my shit's strewn all over the house and I can never remember where I put that one thing that I will definitely need even though I secretly know I will never get it out of my suitcase.  This afternoon, for ten minutes, that thing was my book light.  What if I want to read in the hotel room!  But my eyes hurt and I don't want the lamp on!  What then!  Speaking of books, I had this kind of existential crisis over which book I'd bring with me to read on the plane.  The book I'm currently reading is a hardcover and will take up a lot of room in my purse.  Should I bring a paperback then?  I don't have any paperbacks checked out from the library.  Should I make a special trip to the library?  No, I'll read an old one.  Which one?  JESUS BRAIN JUST SHUT UP IT DOESN'T MATTER DON'T MAKE ME COME UP THERE.  Turns out I should have made a special trip to the library because the Farscape disc I checked out?  They didn't unlock the case so I can't watch it.  Sheesh.

I'm just glad that I lived in Austin for two years, so if I end up forgetting something I won't have to worry about finding a Walmart or a CVS or whatever.  I hate driving around strange cities looking for a place to buy, say, contact solution or PJs or Advil or a pair of shoes.  (None of these would be things I've forgotten to pack in the past, nosiree.) 

I think when I finish up tonight, I will make myself a Scotch.
nhpw: Season5nhpw on October 21st, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will be fine! I hope you can relax and have a good time.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on October 21st, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I know once I get in town, get the car and check in, I'll be fine. I've been to the festival twice before, although not as a semifinalist, but I've been to the hotel it's held in and to roundtables and all that. And once I get down there, it will be okay. I just never enjoy the build up to this kind of thing.

My sister on the other hand has made lists! lists! lists! She loves getting ready for shit.
enigmaticblues: dean readingenigmaticblues on October 21st, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt to prove it. Although I will say that Tyson's one-year-anniversary gift of a Nook makes packing books infinitely easier. Especially since I'm one of those people who will pack six books for a two-day trip just in case.
Shannon: b5 londo bwkungfuwaynewho on October 21st, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
I am trying to decide whether I want to take my $100 prize money from that other contest and put it toward an e-reader. I mean, the alternative is that it goes into checking and eventually just pays a bill, which would be more responsible, but I kind of feel like I deserve something nice?

I'm such a miser. I felt guilty about buying a new purse today, though I needed one desperately since my old one is falling apart. I spent $20 and I'm like, oh God so much money ahhhh.
enigmaticblues: dean readingenigmaticblues on October 21st, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Well, I will tell you that I really like using the e-reader, but beyond books, YOU CAN PUT FANFICTION ON IT. *wriggles with glee* Seriously, I read a lot of books, but I read a TON of fic, so this was huge.
Shannon: b5 delenn profilekungfuwaynewho on October 21st, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Sadly, I had already thought about fic. In fact, I love reading fic but I have a really hard time reading long things on the computer - it kills my eyes - so I would probably read a ton more with an e-reader.

I'm leaning more and more towards getting one, especially since I got an actual job this week. (Eee!) But I'm probably going to wait a month or so, for when stuff starts going on sale for Christmastime.
ghanima sun: peterghanimasun on October 21st, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Ah yeah I can empathize with the packing panic. I always over analyze and plan things when I'm going on a trip too.

Hope you have a safe and fun trip!
Shannon: fringe peterkungfuwaynewho on October 21st, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! Tomorrow night we're going to a Shaun of the Dead quote-along, so I'm pretty excited about that.
ghanima sun: fringe - a little weirdghanimasun on October 21st, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Oooh I love that movie, sounds like fun!
cath822cath822 on October 23rd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a great time, I can't wait to hear about it! Good luck!
Holly: Adama who's your daddyhollywobbles on October 26th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Ohmygoodness packing. It's like the less time you have and the more stressed you are the more impossible it becomes. I hates it.