Get Ready, Get Set…Almost Time To GO!!!!

So the BIG DAY is finally here!  I can hardly believe it.

I have managed to get everything wrapped up at the office and at home, including a mini clean out of Chloe’s room…You know, the type of clean out that goes on when the kids aren’t there to “supervise” what does and does not make the cut.  The house is clean, beds are made, refrigerator cleared out, not a stitch of dirty laundry in the house.  Brian thought this massive cleaning endeavor was a bit of an overkill, but hey, if bad guys break in while we are away, I would die if they thought the house was a wreck.  I mean, I do have standards to maintain!  Although if bad guys do break in while we are gone, there’s nothing left to take:  I pretty much packed it all.

For months I have been reading up on the joys of packing light.  I really, really wanted to do some of that stuff.  Until it was time to pack.  I just “might need” so much stuff!!!  I “what if’ed” myself into  6 pairs of shoes & 4 purses, 12 outfits (including accessories), 3 dresses, a raincoat & 2 toiletry bags.  So while I may have missed the mark on ‘minimalist’ travel, I think I may have covered all the bases.  Of course, if there is a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ or two, I am going to be in Paris–the shopping capital of the universe.  And since mama didn’t raise no dummy, I packed a very large collapsible duffle bag, just in case I need an extra suitcase to bring home all of my Parisian treasures.

Today we fly into Charlotte, then off to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.  I have my trusty Benadryl packed, and *hopefully* will be able to sleep on this trans continental flight.  I say *hopefully* because when we get to Paris, we need to hit the ground running!  Our itinerary is more than a little jam packed.  To keep my sanity intact (too late), I found a pendaflex folder and divided out all of our activities by date…So each day we wake up, we can pull out the tickets, receipts, reservations, etc for whatever it is I dreamed up we need to do that particular day.  Yes, it’s a little OCD.  But that is how I roll.

Stay tuned tomorrow for updates on our flight, checking in to our 3 mortgage payments…I mean, Hotel Renaissance Paris Vendome  … 

The agenda also includes our visit to the Eiffel Tower, lunch at Jules Verne, and whatever trouble we find along the way. 


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