Sunday, May 30, 2010

Packing Light

With my upcoming summer travel to Europe I have to pack...really light, lighter than I have ever packed before. I am flying on Lufthansa from DC to Frankfurt and in the economy class you only get one checked bag (up to 44 lbs) (I have never had such strict requirements on an international flight before) and your carry-on can only be 15 lbs. On my flight from Frankfurt to Ireland my checked bag has to weigh less than 30 lbs.

My trip is three weeks long and requires that I wear business professional clothing for two of the three weeks. How do I look professional, change it up and pack light? This has been the dilemma I have been trying to solve for the last month.

As with nearly every trip I take I always end up buying new clothes and other odds and ends. Knowing that I was packing light I have been buying blouses that are light.

With the three-day weekend I had the extra time to sit down and pack my bag to see what how much it presently weighs and what adjustments I will have to make. I am excited that my main suitcase weighs only 23 lbs!!! However, there is not a extra inch anywhere. I tapped into my inner Greg (for those of you who don't know this, my brother Greg is amazing at his packing ability) and this is what I managed to fit in a bag small enough to count as a carry-on luggage...

9 blouses
3 t-shirts
2 sweaters
2 pair of slacks
1 pair of jeans
1 pair of exercise pants
1 dress
1 skirt
1 purse
underwear, socks, etc (5 days worth)
1 pair of running shoes
1 pair of flip flops
1 hat
curling iron

I am pleased I got so much in, but it also means that everything else must fit into my carry-on--which will be a struggle (camera, makeup, adapters, toiletries, etc.). This also, doesn't leave me any space to bring home souvenirs...oh well, I will have to stick with just taking lots of pictures.

Tuesday is my last day of school and I fly out that evening for my week-long stay in Colorado for the AP grading. My classroom is all packed up and I only have a couple of items to still bring home. In all, it has been a pleasant year teaching, but I am looking forward to next year and a more innovative and challenging school.

Now my final challenge - I have to take two gifts with me to give to some of the people we meet while in Germany. The gift is supposed to represent our state, region or city. I don't want to take kitchy Vegas stuff, but I haven't settled on a great idea yet. Feel free to share suggestions.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


After a crazy week of massive AP study sessions, I decided to throw a little birthday party for myself. It was a small gathering of a few friends. Yummy appetizers were provided by Jen, I took care of the lasagna and Susie hit a home run with this beautiful cake. It was a lemon cake with a lemon custard filing.

My students are funny as always when they find out it is my birthday, inevitably comes the questions as to my age. The older I get the more I don't want my students to know how old I really am. I still have them convinced I am in my twenties and I am happy to let them continue to believe it. I was surprised on Friday at our final assembly (held outside in a wind storm) that my students nominated me as one of the top 5 spirited teachers at school. I appreciate that they like me. I didn't win--but it was nice to be one of the royalty.