Day four was all about travel. Packing, cleaning and driving. That was our day.
I abhor packing. It doesn’t matter how long the planned trip is for, I cannot stand packing. I don’t like trying to figure out what I’m going to be in the mood to wear while I’m away. I will continuously check the weather forecast for the days I’m away, but inevitably it always changes. If the forecast was for sun and warmth, it’ll change to cold and rain/snow. If the forecast was for snow and cold, it’ll be sunny and warm. I can never win. And I’m always wishing I’d brought that one item that I left behind.
Every time I have to pack for our monthly trip to Toronto, I get a nervous twitch and all itchy. We’ve been doing these monthly trips to see family for two years. And I still freak out every time. I actually find it much harder to pack if I’m going for only two days than if I am going for two weeks. I can bring more options for two weeks!
I don’t just have an allergic reaction to packing for vacations or trips. I have the same reaction when we’re moving and I need to pack the house. This is why my husband is the one who packs the bags (or boxes).
BUT… I love unpacking. Putting everything into its rightful place, cleaning and organizing. (Mild OCD anyone?) Luckily my husband understands my dislike of packing and will do what he can to help ease the stress for me… and luckily for him I love to put everything away. Win – win!
As I’ve already mentioned these trips to Toronto happen pretty much every month. We always drive, and we always complain that it’s a crappy boring drive. And it is. There isn’t much to see once you get passed Cornwall until you hit Kingston, the half way mark for us. But once you pass Kingston, there isn’t much to see until you hit the lights of the Greater Toronto Area.
Six and a half hours driving. The poor kid can’t do much in the back seat. If she watches a movie on the ipad she pukes. If she reads, she pukes. If she colours or draws pictures, she pukes. Well, you get the point. She manages to occupy herself with a few barbies or playmobile toys and sleeping.
We also play a game called, The Donut Game. This object of this game is for us to pretend to be making different types of donuts and then giving them to the other person to taste test. The game has evolved over the two years, now we also make other imaginary foods to feed each other. The object of the game is to come up with different food ideas or flavours of donuts. Yup. You guessed it…. this game is loads of fun for the kid, but a bit tedious after five minutes for mummy.
So, mummy came up with the brilliant idea of downloading a book from itunes to listen to on the car rides! Yeah for audio books! We’ve been listening to Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I loved the story when I was young, and the kid loves it too. And it certainly makes the time pass while driving.