We are planning a weekend away to our family cabin. This cabin is not glamorous and we actually call it a hunting cabin. There is no running water or electricity, which is not convienient or comfortable when you have a 5 year old & almost 9 month old. When my husband I went pre-kids it was doable but it’s just a headache to go. However, lots of memories have been made and I’d like to keep that tradition going, so we still go.
Packing and preparing for weekend get a ways is right up there on my list of least favorite to-do’s. When we go to the cabin especially, I feel like I have to pack my entire house. I always start by making 5 lists to try and organize the overwhelming amount of stuff I have to remember to pack and check things off as they are packed. These lists are usually stuff I need to bring for each of my daughters, a list of things I need to bring for myself, a list of groceries I need to buy, and a list of food/drinks/snacks that needs to be packed. I let my husband worry about himself and the dog (when the dog goes with).
The whole process is daunting from start to finish and it never fails my husband and I butt heads the morning we are loading the car. Don’t get me started on the aftermath of laundry and unpacking and putting away all that needs to be taken care of when we get home. My house ends up looking like it was turned upside down and sideways. I always clean before we leave because I don’t want to come home to a mess, but end up having to clean up after anyways when we get home too. It never fails.
Typically, I am left feeling pretty exhausted even before we leave to get to our destination and usually in a crabby no good mood. I will admit, at this point I am not enjoyable to be around. Just once I would like to not have to stress about something that should be fun and just once be left feeling rejuvinated once we get back home. Instead, I always feel 10x more tired, annoyed, and burnt out Is that so much to ask to want to feel the opposite for a change? Is this even possible? Am I alone in this? It honestly makes me never want to go anywhere that requires packing. We are crazy and doing back to back weekend trips away too coming up…I think I may just go insane.
What’s more, is that I have always been an over packer. I’d rather be over prepared then under prepared. Who’s with me? My packing never fails to annoy my husband who doesn’t resist telling me how I should pack and what I need to leave behind. This bugs the shit out of me. I think it bothers me because men truly only think about today where I am a woman and we think about all the different scenerios and want to be prepared. How the hell do I become a logical packer or a more organized packer? I’ve always wondered if I could easily change my ways if I was just taught the proper way to pack. Is there a proper way to pack? How do you pack? Am I doing it all wrong? Is there an easier, more organized way to pack for someone who has to pack and go away a lot?
It’s Wondering On Wednesdays folks and all I really am pondering is packing today. I need to do it. I have to do it, but I really don’t want to do it. It’s almost to the point where I get anxiety over the thought of having to do it. HELP ME!