Thursday, March 29, 2007


I packed 2 of my suitcases over the weekend....lo and behold, without trying, one of them came to 49 pounds and 8 ounces!!! I actually have 2 ounces of something I can put in there! :-) So the other 2 suitcases are left for clothes and shoes. And therein lies the problem.....

Mom got me some of those space bags--boy do I wish I would have invented those (I'd be moving to Italy permanently on that fortune). So, all of my clothes have the air sucked out of them and I can fit all sorts of things in the suitcase. But, what to do about the shoes?

Yes, just call me Imelda Marcos. I was pretty young when that whole 'scandal' rocked the world. I have to admit I was a bit confused as to what was such a big deal about have so many shoes...a bit over the top, yes, perhaps, but not enough to make the national news! But years later, here I sit with 2 closets full of shoe boxes and trying to narrow down the 'necessities'.

At first pass, I got down to 31 pair! I have managed to eliminate 4 more but now am truly struggling with leaving my babies behind! Suddenly, I feel a great kinship to Imelda and can feel her agony as she had to leave them.

Oh sure, you laugh but we all have something like that...everyone has their 'shoe dilemma'. And at the risk of waxing eloquent or prosing philosophical, I will leave you to contemplate your own issues. In the meantime, my goal is to eliminate 7 more pair and be at a healthy 20. Of course, I also need to return that over the door shoe hangar that only holds 10 pair!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

35 days and counting

Well, here it is. My first blog and my first post in my blog! Quite eventful for me but probably not so much as you are reading it. I have 35 days left until I leave for Venice. It's all so surreal. I have been thinking and planning for this for.....well, forever. And, now, it is happening. I hope that over the next year you will visit this site to catch up on my adventures. I don't doubt there will be some great stories involved......