Sunday, January 6, 2008

She's Makin' a List...

Actually, I've made about half a dozen lists. I am so paranoid about forgetting anything (I do have a habit of always forgetting something when I travel), that I am driving myself insane making list after list. Everything that goes in a suitcase or bag is being carefully documented, so I have a complete list of what exactly is in each bag. Yeah, I'm going OCD.

I got both carryons and my suitcase packed today, so all I have left to pack is my HUGE dark blue duffle, which will be holding all of my heavy clothes and my remaining two pairs of shoes. So far the suitcase is less than 40 pounds, so I'm hoping that if the duffle stays under 50 pounds I can stick some of the stuff from the bigger carryon into the suitcase. Then perhaps my back will still be intact by the time I get to Korea. I have such lofty goals...

I have been checking my e-mail about five to six times a day, desperatly hoping for some word as to when I leave. I hate uncertainty! I must sound like a wacko control freak, and the funny thing is, I'm normally not. Normally I like a plan, but I'm fine with surprises. Not knowing when I'm leaving the country is a horse of a different color, however.

I'm beginning to think that if I make it to Korea with my mind intact, it will be a miracle!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"