One Week!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wow - this trip is happening fast!  I can't believe there is only a week before I leave for The Philippines!  I've mentioned before that I want to be totally honest on here, what I'm thinking and feeling about my travels - its not always glamorous and fun.  I've been a little stressed/anxious about getting things done, shopping, packing and actually getting to Manila.  I'm coming to terms with the personal relationships that will be put on hold while I'm away.  I know that I will relax a little when I board my flight in Des Moines; but in the mean time, I'm surviving on lists.  To-do lists, to-buy lists, to-pack lists and a list to keep track of my lists (just kidding!).

I think back to when I first heard about this project, I was so excited at the idea, I was pretty sure I wanted to move there.  Sadly, that wasn't an option.  I'm kind of getting a chuckle over my excitement then - if I am this stressed getting ready for 10 weeks, how they heck would I be if I were moving there for a few years?!?!?!

Last weekend I completed my major buys - a trip to Costco for personal care items (shampoo, contact solution, soap) and an afternoon at Target for a few groceries and to wrap up my personal items.  But since Sunday purchases have sat in bags in my packing/staging area in the basement, looking like this:

Actually, its looked more like this:
because of two very curious puppies.  Thankfully, they didn't do any damage.  I knew it was time for me to start organizing my purchases.  My shampoo and conditioner from Costco came in huge bottles (probably way more than enough, but I'll leave any left overs for my buddies traveling after me).  I realized that the bottles were too large for even the gallon size Ziploc bags.  Boo!  I don't want to risk getting shampoo all over my clothes!  Then I remembered my mom has a Food Saver - you know where you can vacuum seal bags shut?  Light bulb!  The roll of bags means that I can make a bag large enough for my shampoo & conditioner bottles!

Let me tell you that vacuum sealers are a gateway drug.  It started off with a simple custom bag, and ended up looking like this:
See the notepad? Yup, another list!

Yes. I vacuum sealed all of my liquids.

Make fun all you want, I deserve it.  But here is my logic.  I suck at physics, but since the containers are vacuum sealed within the bag, they shouldn't leak, right? And if they did, the spill would be contained to the individual bag!

Or it will fail miserably, but it will be a really funny story!


  1. Well, just put all the bags inside another bag (vacuum sealing is optional) and then the spill at least wouldn't get on your clothes.


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