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Monday, July 20, 2015

Preparing for a road trip

I leave Wednesday for a few days on the road. While I'm gone I will: attend a 60-year-old birthday party; go river rafting; attend a few Shakespeare plays; and attend my 40th high school reunion. I need to get organized for the trip! The trip will also take me over 900 miles of road miles which will mean over 15 hours in the car.  Time to plan what I will read and listen to during the trip, in addition to what I will wear.

I am currently listening to the audiobook of X: a novel by Shabazz (current progress 10 of 35 "chapters") but my daughter, my traveling companion, has already listened to it so I will put it on the back burner to listen to for the few hundred miles I'll be driving alone (from Ashland to Corvallis to the reunion, and then from Corvallis to Eugene to pick up my daughter, again.) Not sure that will be enough time to finish the book, but I'll be close.

Carly and I will have to choose between the other two audiobooks I have on hand, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (10 hours) and The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith (8 1/2 hours.) We would definitely be able to finish the second choice during the time we are together in the car. We might not be able to quite finish the other. But since we are together so much, it won't really matter.

My sister, (the soon-to-be-60-year-old), asked me to make her a copy of the audiobook To Kill a Mockingbird, so she has something to listen to while she is traveling from Eugene to Ashland and back. We'll be in separate cars.

In the evening and during the quiet moments of this hectic few days I'd better have some print book to read.  If I don't finish Go Set a Watchman before I leave, I'll pack it. I currently have downloaded Simon vs the Homo Sapiens on my iPad. I will also take the advanced reader's edition of The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion. If anything happens to it, like getting wet, I won't mind.

Now that I have the important stuff taken care of I'd better decide what I am going to wear. Ha!


  1. The book planning for our vacation is always what I worry about the most. I am sure I put more thought into that than I do into what I'm going to wear.

    Have a great time!

  2. Ha-ha. That is me for sure. I even worry about what other members of the family are bringing to read.

  3. Enjoy the audiobooks, I love them on long trips!

    I've nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you for blogging and congratulations! :-)


  4. Thanks so much Sam Ann and Elizabeth (Did I get it right?)
    I appreciate the honor of being nominated for recognition.


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