Getting real close now

Funny thing about lists.

They seem to take on a life of their own when you are planning a trip.

And I haven’t even got close to writing a list about what to pack.

8 sleeps, which is probably a lie.  Because I wont sleep the night before.  I actually don’t even plan to.

Flight leaves at 6am.  We need to be at the airport at least 90 minutes before so I will plan to be there at 4am.

Half hour to travel to the airport.

I would be putting the alarm on before 3 am.

Just because.

And with something this important, I would be up fluffing and stressing until midnight at least.

Soooo, why even bother with the whole sleep thing?  It wouldn’t be quality sleep anyway and I have a 15+ hour flight between Sydney and LA to sleep.

Luckily I have friends who know me and have promised to keep me company while my much more sensible hubby peacefully snores for a few hours.

So back to lists…

Tickets – check

Travel money – check

Cases, locks, labels – check check check

SD cards for the thousands of photos, travel adapter because our plugs wont fit in US power points.

New knickers, because I just wont have strangers rummaging through my daggy ones when I go through customs.

I even have hubby almost organised.  He needs walking shoes, should have got them months ago, but hubby doesn’t work that way.

Worst case scenario, we buy them somewhere while we are away, I pack plenty of band aids and he learns a lesson about forward planning…

Yeah, like that is ever going to happen.

So the cases are down, but nothing is in them yet.  Packing really wont happen until next weekend.  Its going to be a challenge.  Much cooler in NYC than in the other places so layers will be the key.

I will confess, there is a good dose of anxiety mixed in with my obnoxious excitement.

Variables I can’t control will always mess with my over organising nature.

Hubby is now getting excited and is keeping me centred as much as he can.

Twelve months or more ago, when I first decided that this trip was something I needed to go, there was so many hurdles I had to jump.   Money, time, his opposition, my own doubts and anxieties.

But I made this happen.  And no matter what this adventure still has in store for me, I will have no regrets.

(Well maybe I might wish I had been able to stay longer, see more, meet more friends, but that only means planning another adventure)

Dreams do come true, they only take commitment to make them happen.

Ok, that said, I know you only come for the pretty paintings anyway


Saturday’s effort.  While I am this close to my trip, I am not starting anything large and complicated that I will only have to walk away from for 4 weeks.

This shell though has been a plan of mine for a while but actually painting it completely intimidated me.

There was a pile of procrastination and delay even at class as I fluffed about doing everything to avoid starting it.

But I like it, a lot, and framed up, I think it would be awesome in someone’s bathroom or beach house.

In other news, I have had a change of heart, and impulsively renewed the domain name this morning so ‘” will continue for another twelve months at least.

There maybe a makeover though, I have come to realise that I need to freshen things up a bit.

But we will worry about that next month.

Afternoon shift this week.  Maybe that has been part of my blogging problems lately. I have much more things to say in the morning.

No matter.  I am smiling, the sun is shining and it is going to be a good day.

This time next week those cases will be filling, and the house will be getting cleaned.  Boys have been told that I will want to return to a neat and tidy house.

Washing machine needs emptying and my coffee cup needs refilling.

Time to get off my butt and get the day happening.


Hugs and smiles








14 thoughts on “Getting real close now

  1. Hell yes I am a big list maker and when going away I start the list about a week before we leave including all the little things we need to pack and all the little things we need to do before we leave and I cross things off the list when they are done or packed away if I didn’t make the list I would end up forgetting stuff

  2. Wow, 8 days to go. Because you’re so excited I am super excited for you. You can sleep on planes!?! That’s a super power. I’m glad Lizard Happy will be continuing, impulsive or not. Are you like me, no matter how many lists you make, when you pack, you inevitably forget something? Not to jinx it.

    1. I have slept on planes before but this is the longest trip I have ever taken and the doc has prescribed sleeping pills to assist with hopefully avoiding jet lag
      I will totally forget something. it is holiday tradition

  3. abeerfortheshower

    That’s so close! How exciting. Last time I flew around the world I slept the entire way, even if it was something like 12-13 hours of solid sleep. Really makes the time pass. I couldn’t imagine sitting in one place for 15 hours awake. Or sober. Just ship my sleeping carcass half way around the world and we’re golden.

  4. I can feel your excitement and am so happy you’re getting to do this. I do need to correct you on one thing. I’ve been coming to your blog long before the “pretty things”, as have many more of your followers, so it’s YOU we want to visit. Yes, your art is wonderful and your talents are many but there’s so much more to Trish than a paint brush!! Love and hugs my friend!! XX

  5. OKay… LOVING the shell. Second, NYC and the New England area are unseasonably warm right now. We hit 72F today! (I haven’t even turned the heat on yet) There’s a cold front moving down in from Canada, so I’d pack some sweaters and long pants, but if you’re venturing out mid day, prepare for weather in the 60 degree (F) area. We are also not getting anywhere as much rain as normal, so you may luck out. 🙂

    Totally wish I could get down to NYC to meet you, but I’ll have to catch you on the next trip.

  6. Turn a corner – the adventure’s done. That’s how fast it comes and goes.
    I know you’ll pause and drink in the wonders when you finally land in NY. From there you’ll have some of the best times of your life with the wonderful friends who are just waiting to help make this a trip of a lifetime for you and hubby. I’m smiling with excitement for you… have fun, my friend. I’ll look forward to living the experience vicariously in the many posts that will come from it. Hugs and love, Jenny.

    1. Thats the hardest bit, knowing after all this planning, the whole experience will be gone in a blink of an eye. But we will have amazing memories and I will certainly try to blog the best bits as i can

  7. Since I’m only reading this today that means ONLY $ DAYS TO GO!!! So exciting! Question: How can you be up at 3:00AM to leave at 3:30AM?

    The same morning???

    I need to know so I can pass this knowledge onto my wife.

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