I’m jazzed up the way I get before a big trip: throwing underwear into the air and scrambling through the closet to find clothes that teeter between casual and dressy, depending on the shoes I wear. I’ve also packed way too much reading material, but I need to work on my upper body strength anyway.

I didn’t get around to making cranberry muffins to pack, but I am bringing a turkey sandwich for the plane tomorrow and I cooked a family-size pot of spaghetti sauce with turkey meatballs to last the household all week. Also am leaving a Korean-style teriyaki marinade for the salmon Chad’s cooking tomorrow for dinner. I also haven’t made it through my mountainous in-box, but I suppose it’ll be waiting for me when I get back. When I get back, I’ll have less than a week to get ready for my parents’ first visit to this house. Eeek!

Perhaps my breezy trip out to Joshua Tree this weekend was over the top – but sometimes over the top is what feels good, in a stomach-clenching, hands jittering kind of way.

next post… from Miami.

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