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June 16, 2008

Trip Planning

I love lists!

So clearly the most important packing decisions for vacations are those regarding books and yarn, right? Figuring out the clothes and things are sort of annoying, but not as agonizing. The big issue with books and yarn, of course, is the fear of running out - of being far from home, and maybe having lots of free relaxation time, and having nothing to read, nothing to knit. That's terrifying!

Okay, first the knitting. It will be the Summer of Socks, so obviously I'll be bringing socks. I got some Noro sock yarn in bright islandy colors specifically for the cruise, so that will be my main project - I'll do something fairly mindless with it to make sure the colors shine through. I'm planning to start the Poseidon socks on the first day of Summer of Socks, and obviously won't be done by then, so I think they'll make quite appropriate cruise knitting, given the theme. That will probably be enough - it's only four days - but I'll probably throw in another skein of sock yarn just in case. You know, to be safe. For emergencies.

Now, on to books. Usually, a book per day on vacation is my absolute minimum, and I usually throw in an extra or two. It isn't even necessarily that I think I'll get that much reading done, but what if the books I bring aren't what I'm in the mood to read? I'm going to hold myself to four on this trip, though, because of the following factors:

1. The ship has a library.

2. I'll be with both my parents, and they will both have books I can steal ask to borrow if necessary.

3. If I need something new for the plane ride back, I can buy one at the airport.

So. I should be able to manage with four. (Plus a few magazines.) I've picked four fairly different titles, for a variety of moods: A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George, The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion, Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire by Simon Winchester, and Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. I think that will be a nice assortment.

What's everyone else reading and knitting on vacation this summer?

Posted by Kat at June 16, 2008 01:40 PM

I don't know about you, but I never count on being able to find any books I want to read at airport bookstores.

Posted by: Marlyn at June 16, 2008 06:08 PM

You should totally try to get a picture with the ship captain holding your sock. It would have been really funny on my trip because the captain was this tall straight-laced Norwegian guy. I totally agree with you about the book and knitting selections being the most important decisions.

Posted by: Caitlin at June 17, 2008 11:24 AM

Holiday reading and knitting is a very important decision. We knew we were going to visit Barnes and Noble as soon as possible when we arrived in the US so we only brought one or two books each. :)

Posted by: mrspao at June 17, 2008 04:19 PM

That sounds like a perfect assortment. I must be spoiled by airport bookstores (SF & Portland). They usually have a pretty good selection. So do...well, bars. On shorelines.

Posted by: Carrie K at June 17, 2008 08:34 PM
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