Friday, 2 January 2009

Packing Problems

I have a confession to make. I love packing.

When I did A-levels, I got 98% on a module called 'decision & discrete' mathematics, which consisted mainly of critical path analysis and packing problems. I loved the satisfaction of getting everything to fit 'just so'.

Now, in the real world, I still get an inordinate amount of enjoyment out of packing. Not just packing to go away on holiday - but packing to come home again (which seems to depress most people), finding the best way of stacking food in the pantry, or any little task like that.

I pride myself on packing light for holidays. We managed our four-week honeymoon travelling hand luggage only, and even when we took two bikes and a tent for a six-week trip to Iceland we still managed not to go over our luggage allowance. (I still always take more than I need - something always makes it home unworn.)

So why is it that for one week skiing, I have more luggage than for a month of normal holiday?? (I don't even own my own skis yet.) I blame the bulk of the clothes, but still, it sort of hurts to have to check in a bag for a one week trip!


Jeanne said...

Rachel --

There's a blogging award, called A Hoy,that was started at Christmas. I was fortunate enough to receive one, and was instructed to pass it on to 5 blogs that I really like and yours was one of the 5 I chose. (And this post is an example of why. Why did the skiing clothes take so much space? Was it just the bulk? You always leave me with questions and new thoughts.)

Please accept the award with my best wishes and pay it forward.


Rules for Making an Award
1. Pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award based upon any criteria - for example, the quality of the commentary, wit, humour, artwork, overall design, value to you of the information being provided, and so on.
2. The awarding blogger should choose at least two blogs not on his or her own blogroll, the purpose being to encourage variety of reading matter, and to have the person making the award think about what they like to see and read.
3. Your five choices must be published in a dedicated post on your own blog. This post must contain the name of the author (which may be their logon name), and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone. This post should contain brief details of what attracted you to the blog. Details may also be posted in the comments section of "What is a Hoy?"
4. In the same dedicated post, each winner has to show the award and acknowledge the blog that has given him or her the award.
5. Both those awarding and receiving A Hoy must show the link to A Hoy blog, so that everyone will know the origin of this award.
6. When publishing details of the blogs to which you have made your awards, these rules must be published for recipients to follow.

Chris said...

I pride myself on the ability to pack efficiently too. I have three sons, one with type 1 diabetes, one with allergies to gluten and caseine, and one crazy toddler still in diapers. Somehow I manage to almost fit everthing for a seven-day trip in my purse. Almost. ;)

I like you.

Kazzy said...

I am still reeling from six weeks in Iceland. Wow. Do you guys have jobs? LOL Sounds like so much fun.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Jeanne - thank you for the award, that's lovely, I will have to think really hard about who to pass it on to. A job for another day, I think!

Chris - given that I'm considering possible future children, that's very encouraging to me ;) Keep it up!

Kazzy - we did Iceland between my final exams & graduation, so no job getting in the way of that :)

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