Wednesday, May 31, 2006

I'm alive!

Sorry for the lack of posts so far! I have not been as internettedly connected as I had expected. Only time for a quick post.
Chicago was awesome and I will elaborate later. We arrived in Champaign this afternoon amidst tornado warnings and spent the evening catching up with Miss Eileen. Now we are eating junk food in Mark and Shigeru's room watching a History channel program about coffee. I'm struggling with Mark's Japanese keyboard.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Next Trip: Chicago Illinois followed by Champaign/Urbana for the wedding of a long time dear friend and a new-time dear friend!

Stolen Photo

The plan is four nights in each destination. I'm working on perfecting my Packing Light Program (PLP).

And clearly if I'm making up acronyms for my ideas, it's time to get away from the office for a week!

One of the major tenets of PLP is that shirts may be worn twice! Pants and skirts even more! For a sense of variety, choose shirts that go with both the skirt and the pants so on the second wearing, they have a different partner! And my new favorite tip: If you're always cold and you're going to a warm destination, bring a thin, long sleeved shirt that will easily fit in your day pack in case you are forced to enter an overly air conditioned establishment. It should not compromise the cuteness of any given outfit. This is a big responsibility to put on a shirt!
This shirt is perfect. It's black (versitile), slim (flattering) and the V in front will show off a little fabric from the shirt worn underneath. It is also currently covered with little bits of whatever piece of paper I washed it with, like so many of my clean clothes at the present.

We leave at the crack of dawn Saturday, stay four nights in Chicago, drive a rental car to C/U and then back to the airport in Chicago next Sunday at an hour too early to contemplate.

I am busy making pre-trip lists. I'm not one of those people who has to have a set itinerary that's followed to the letter, but I do want to know precisely how and when I'm getting from point A to point B (in the airport and hotel sense) and a list of ideas for the things to do in between in case the Perfect Thing does not present itself.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Scuba Lessons!

Originally uploaded by lesliegardner.
I thought the swim cap might help keep me warm. It did not.
So I've completed all the classes and pool sessions. I've passed the written test with flying colors, which would feel like a much greater accomplishment had they not gone over the ACTUAL TEST five minutes before handing out the test. Part of me was WAY miffed that I'd spent so much time studying but on the other hand...I really do know the stuff, which helps me not be so freaked out, which is a good thing. Like I know that the reason my lips are blue after being 2 hours in an 84 degree pool is that one loses body heat 25 times faster in water than air.
So now all I have left to do is the open water test and I'm certified for life. This will really come in handy when we get to Cozumel in December. I've made a friend in class who also has a Diver Boyfriend. We're considering doing some local practice dives before winter so our vacations will be more like how vacations are supposed to be - relaxed.