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Not panicking

My wallet exists somewhere in my suite. I know because I had to take my room key out of it in order to get in.

I opened the door, put the key into my bag, took off my shoes, and dropped all of my stuff on my bed. I then charged my iPod, phone, and laptop, cleaned out the fridge and freezer, and packed last-minute stuff.

It's not in my backpack or purse, where I'd logically put it if I were paying attention.

I think I'll nap for twenty minutes. Maybe that will help.

The Plan

Okay, here's what I need to do.

  • Tonight, I need to e-mail friends about my travel plans and any party plans.
  • Saturday morning, I'll cram the last requirement for KMD2004. No word yet from groupmates; v. odd.
  • Saturday afternoon: I will set aside time to write thoughtful postcards and letters
  • Saturday evening: touch base with Simon, who'll be back from Florida
  • Sunday morning: have a relaxed morning
  • Sunday afternoon: clean out fridge, then head over to the Gorey to donate extra food like eggs. Cookies and chocolate - spend time with great friends? Borrow boxes from the Gorey folks just in case I have stuff in suitcases that doesn't neatly shelve somewhere.
  • Sunday evening: Christmas dinner? Final chance for pictures with people.
  • Monday: print e-ticket, pack, pack, pack, KMD2004 revision
  • Tuesday: last-minute cramming, pack, fly

I really want to spend some quality time with my closest friends here, but it might be difficult to do that and still keep the sense of abundance of time. I would *love* to meet all of them, give them an extra extra extra big hug, tell them my favorite story of them from the past year, and find out what they want to do with the next year. I don't think I'll have the time to visit everyone personally (I'd like to!), but I could call on Sunday (after dinner) or Monday (after packing).

Priority packing list:

  1. Carry-on laptop bag: travel documents
  2. Carry-on backpack: correspondence, journal
  3. Salmon flakes for Papa
  4. Electronics
  5. Clothes I don't need any more
  6. Clothes I plan to wear while there
  7. Shoes
  8. Books: may as well bring all of my books home. I can always keep my notes or reaccumulate my library

Sounds like a Plan...

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Stuffing envelopes, writing cards…

<stretch>

Halfway through my US/Canada 2006 letters. I'm limiting myself to 100 letters for now, although I *might* send more from the Philippines if I feel particularly diligent. Of the 100 on my must-write list, there are 32 people in Canada. Come to think of it, that's actually pretty interesting. It's only been a year and a half...

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Learning from the best

I grew up with books and audiotapes of Tom Peters, Zig Ziglar, and Tom Hopkins. I can *still* hear Tom Hopkins say "Unbelievable!" in my head. Not because I was unbelievably precocious when I was young, but because my mom was always, always, *always* learning about sales and management and whatever she needed to learn in order to help my dad and my sisters and me succeed. Being an indiscriminate bookworm who'd happily read anything on the shelves (and quite a few books that weren't), I quickly chewed through her business books, her interpersonal books, her writing books, her parenting books...There was so much to learn, and it was always so much fun!

My parents often scolded me for taking books to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would read while walking, while chatting, while waiting in line; in bed, in the car, even in the shower sometimes... Looking back, it seems as if I never looked up! Now I've realized that reading was good but not as good as it could've been, though. Instead of reading during meals, I should've been picking my parents' brains... but I probably hadn't yet learned what questions to ask in order to learn even more! =)

So if you think *I'm* interesting, you really have to meet my mom and my dad. This process of constant improvement? It definitely comes from them. The number of times I'd gone downstairs to check on my dad, only to find him learning all sorts of new Photoshop tricks... The number of books I've borrowed from my mother's bookshelf...

I have confidence that my life will unfold well. If I'm really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really lucky, I'll have the kind of partnership my mom and my dad have, and have the kinds of close friendships my mom has.

I'm learning from the best.

(Hah! I blog something and within five minutes, my mom *blogs* a response—a personal story she posted to an online forum before. Blogs! Online forums! How cool is that? Now if only she allowed me to link to her blog...)

E-Mail from Mama

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50 e-mail messages today

Okay, my fingers are tired. No more e-mail. =) Someday I'm going to have to learn how to scale, but today is not the day. I suspect that it involves a more ergnomic environment. Maybe a larger keyboard (my Lifebook would do perfectly) and a slightly higher monitor so that I don't get a crick in my neck from looking down.

No more blogging, too.

Shower, then book, then sleep. That's the ticket...

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Non-stale snail mail

Wow, this is a first. I've actually written and stamped all of my postcards *before* reaching the airport, which means I'll probably remember to drop them off before I reach Canada...

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