I kind of thought I'd get back in my groove but was beginning to wonder. I've made phone calls this morning to cancel services such as AT&T. For all the problems I usually experience trying to get something done by telephone with a large corporation, I'll have to say the woman I spoke with at AT&T was delightful and took care of freezing my service while I'm gone. The same thing with my gym membership, and next will be the mail hold. I was told to write a letter since mail is usually only held for 30 days and I need it held for 90, and I want Jeannie to be able to pick it up at intervals.
I just cooked some chicken to make chicken salad for lunches on the trip, and have a pineapple to cut up tomorrow or Wednesday. I also bought bottled water for the trip, and a lot of snacks for either the car or the backpacking trip. My clothes are neatly stacked on one half of my bed but I will still have to select what I'll take. I don't toss and turn too much during the night and nothing fell off the bed onto the floor last night.
I've set down the wider of the two back seats and threw a quilt and my sleeping bag on it in case it's too cold to stay in a tent at a campground. I will alternate campgrounds and motels on my journey. I'll have to roll or fold the sleeping bag while traveling, maybe setting some of the lighter-weight items on it as I can't afford to lose that much space when packing the car.
I am definitely thinking of camping at Dinosaur Nat'l. Monument and at Badlands Nat'l. Park, weather permitting, as well as possibly somewhere along the way in Nevada. I have an alternative motel selected in Nevada, but don't know about the national parks - I think you have to drive out of them and find a nearby town for lodging if not camping. A little teardrop camper sure would be nice to have for this trip. If I had something like that I'd never stop at a motel.
Now I need to go shopping for a dress I can wear to church for Joshua's First Communion. I was shocked at how so many of my clothes no longer fit, and I didn't have much in the way of dressy clothes to begin with.
I'm going to go spray the weeds one final time, and then decide whether I want to drive to nearby Kohl's to look for a dress, or to tackle the traffic to Macy's at the mall. The mall usually isn't crowded these days - online shopping has just about ruined it for those of us who like to try on something before buying, or just like browsing in a store - but the traffic on Sunrise Avenue to the mall is always heavy! I don't see the large stores keeping their physical locations much longer. What a shame that will be when they are gone.