Last minute madness before the trip to France

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I spent the morning packing, which means I am currently in full-bloom panic. I have about 40 pounds of art supplies; doesn’t leave much room for nice clothes. Oh, well!

Can hardly believe that the 10-day painting trip to France is about to begin. Monet’s garden is calling to me…

Going into pre-departure mom mode has me especially frantic. I just made lunch for my daughter. It’s not the most logical way to spend the last hour before I leave. But what could I do? Last night she said, “While you’re gone, we’re probably gonna starve.” As a mom, part of me wanted to hear that.  :)

And of course, in this last hour before leaving the house, I also needed to test run this blog setup one more time. Texting this blog post on my iPhone is hilarious, I love it. Unfortunately, the photos just won’t post right.

But this is why we will always need skilled human labor. The ever-wonderful daughter has agreed to help monitor the blog from home. She will post the photos, monitor comments, etc. Of course, she deserved one last lunch from me!

How nice that she’s taking care of me too. A little role reversal is always refreshing. I will miss taking care of everyone (sort of). But I can’t wait to be free!!! As a mom, it’s not often that I get to run away from home.

When I said that both blog and I were getting a makeover, part of this new look is the Betty who can make more time for herself.

So here we go, into the shower and then off to the airport. The shabby old red suitcase is just under 50 pounds. The carry-on contains a few books (no Kindle; I like paper and don’t care if the extra weight is stupid).

See you tomorrow. Have a great day. And remember to make time for yourself. You are worth it.

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  1. Have a safe, wonderful trip! Can’t wait to read about your adventures in Paris! One day, I’ll have to run away from home with you!

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      Gayle, thank you. Gabs is a great driver, very calm. But I freaked during the entire trip to JFK, worrying about traffic. But here I am, sitting calmly at the gate. Boarding in half an hour. Definitely, you must run away with me next time!

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      Hi Mary, just arrived at the Giverny lodgings. Took nearly 18 hours — flight, bus ride, logistics for nearly two dozen of us. I’m cranky now but maybe my mood will improve after I settle in!

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      Thanks, Dougie! It’s gorgeous here, cants stay grouchy for long. Maybe I just need to eat and sleep. And glad you like the evolving blog look. Not done with it yet so stay tuned for more.

  3. Good for you Betty! Kudos for your courage, good humor, sense of adventure and enterprise. An example to us all. Blessings all over your trip. .

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      Thanks, Ingrid! This trip is challenging me in a million ways. I’m way beyond my comfort zone. Pushing myself is rather scary but at the end of the day, I’m loving every second.

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