This is the week for everyone getting buried in life. I hope all of you are buried in your lives in the best ways – vacation, spending a few last lazy days of summer with your kids before school starts, drinking champagne by the pool or on a beach.
I wish I had visitors or I were going somewhere, but mine is the more mundane, work is killing me and it’s time critical kind of killing. My left arm is also killing me since they shot me up with a bunch of immunizations today. Hep A, Tetanus, polio, mmr. Medicines for Typhoid, malaria. Cipro for whatever makes me really sick. Doxycyline? Don’t remember what that’s for. Handheld UV Water purifier to zap all my non-iced water.
The thought of going 16 days without ice is causing me a little angst, but less angst than languishing in a hospital in Sikkim territory. Is the alcohol safe to drink in India if I use a straw? Please tell me yes or I’ll have to plan for that too.
I could have skipped some of these, it turns out, maybe. Mom filled me in, after the fact, that I have had measels and mumps, along with smallpox and something else. Though they’d still want to boost all or most of those.
The thought of living out of a backpack with three changes of clothes and a toothbrush doesn’t even register at this point as being possible for me, but I”m pretty sure I’ll manage that. The one thing I”m really happy I did is cash in a ton of mileage points so I can find some comfort in my airplane seat on the way there and back. A couple of Ambien should get me home without even noticing I’m flying.
But no perfume? I think I’ll slip in something, but what? Backpack space is at a premium so I can’t take much. And should I take my normal size backpack or get one of those towering ones for more space? I mean, surely I’ll be picking up some stuff even in the back country, and I need someplace to put it. I know we are stopping at a market for all my shopping needs the day before we leave to come back, but I’m planning on buying a cheap suitcase or three and stuffing them full of silks and oils and everything else that flits by that’s shiny, pretty or smells good. I’m thinking something bright and pretty for perfume, maybe something citrus? This could be the hardest decision I have to make, so help me out.
I’m going to go back to drafting some really complicated documents for my day job and nursing my aching pincushion arm. You all have a much more fun day than me, please!