I’m packing a pair of shorts, a pair of light weight khaki jeans and these pull-on elastic waist band pants I got from this lady in Ecuador. They’re lightweight but warm. Almost like heavy flannel. I’m also packing a long sleeve black tee shirt and a ratty chenille sweater that was already well worn before I bought it. Also a cotton canvas jacket with quilted lining (I made it, I make all my coats). That goes in on top of the tank tops. It’s weird to pack cold weather clothes in 100 degree heat but in Taos, it’s cold at night. And by the way, we’re going to Taos. It gets cold in Taos. It can be bone chilling cold when you first get up and then very hot by midday (high elevation) and then chilly once the sun goes down. I’ll be back Monday but out of action till Tuesday. Thanks to Zoe, I took Thursday off to pack. We’re camping so we have to bring stuff. My husband took the day off too. I guess we really didn’t need a whole day to pack but neither of us like to rush things. We drag it out, making it an all day affair. I took the opportunity to do the laundry for next week already. I do all the laundry. Eric calls me the laundry fairy (he hates laundry). The laundry fairy gets to keep any money she finds in the dryer. The laundry fairy scored $5 yesterday. One week, it was enough to buy my lunch all week.

Anyway, I also packed my digital camera and of course, my computer. I wonder if I could ever go on a vacation without one now. Awful huh? I’ve already scoped out the local coffee houses in Taos for free internet connection. I have two choices, both of them good. They’re close enough to get to on my bike (we’re bringing our bikes) from the campground. You can’t drive easily in Taos if there’s something going on. You’re better off biking it. This is still a small village. We’re going for the Solar Music Festival. Not so much for all the bands but because it’s a different kind of energy. I can hang around with other chicks who don’t shave their armpits. We also look over the technology. The solar energy people come out. And craftsmen. Real ones. I saw the most amazing handmade boat last year. Some technology is crude, things people make themselves. Last year, these girls (okay, early 20’s) made some cardboard solar ovens that they were baking chocolate chip cookies in. They were good enough to sell but they were just giving them away.

And of course, I’m bringing something to read. Right now, I’m reading this book about the guy who invented/discovered the science of geology. Bellasophia sent that for my birthday. Then yesterday, a book that Tejido sent me (she lives in Japan) written by Aronson (The Social Animal) that I’ve always wanted, came in and because I can’t pick one, I just may end up bringing both. Or maybe not. I’m torn. Anyway, I’m off for a long weekend (not really a vacation) and won’t be around much. Have a great weekend!

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  1. Judith says:

    Being the laundry fairy is great. My mom was the laundry fairy when I was growing up. She got to keep the money too. When my dad went to a uninon meeting and was too lazy to clean out his pockets my mom would find $20to $45 once in awhile more. Mom and I would go out to lunch.
    Have fun on your get-a-way.

  2. David K says:

    “The laundry fairy gets to keep any money she finds in the dryer. The laundry fairy scored $5 yesterday.”

    Thanks for the laugh. Living alone there are no fairies about … if I thought leaving money in the pockets would attract one to get the laundry done my washer would be a slot machine that always pays!

  3. Carol Kimball says:

    Gosh, Kathleen, you’re well over halfway to our lovely mountain area – camping? We’ll show you camping! Those of us in the Denver area would make you SO welcome!

    Next year, think about tacking another couple days onto your trip. People can fill in for you on the F-I site, and good as they are, it makes everyone appreciate you more.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Hi everybody
    I’m logging in from a (very small/crude) coffee house across from the campground. The place would never pass a health inpsection (dogs running around inside etc) but they have a wifi …and the dogs are friendly.

  5. Eric H says:

    1) I don’t hate laundry. I am opposed to crossing the Laundry Nazi (the Laundry Fairy’s evil twin).

    2) Dogs in a public area – is there a chapter on that in _A Pattern Language_? In any case, one of them did a very nice rendition of Red River. And the other one apparently hates for humans to have to encounter feral sticks (he promptly chases them down, gnaws them, and carts them off when they are pointed out to him).

  6. Marie-Christine says:

    A bit late for comments :-), but since you’ll probably go camping again I’d like to put in a word of concern… Camping with cotton clothes is not a good idea, especially since you know it’ll get cold. A good pair of tropical wool pants will be just as lightweight, and extend your comfort range considerably. They’ll protect you from sun and insects. Your readers won’t worry about you getting terminally chilled should you happen to get caught in a storm. As to chenille, it is soft, but it’ll really kill you if it gets humid (sweat is a source of humidity too). You can go all polar-fleece, but you can also be safer in natural fibers if you prefer.

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