June 29, 2005


I am so glad I married a self sufficient guy. I hear about these women who have to pack for their spouses and I think, “No way.” It’s tough enough for me to pack for me and the three boys let alone have to worry about another adult.

I have a friend who married a Marine out of college. He’d been in for a number of years when he got sent to a civilian school. She had shopped for him, buying him some suits, ties and nice dress shirts. She went to check on his packing and he had packed his Marine Corps green t-shirts as his undershirts to his dress shirts.

He was so stressed about wearing his new clothes and all the combinations she’d put together for him, that she ended up making make-shift Garnanimal tags for him so he could remember what went with what… oh and she bought him some white t-shirts. She was horrified.

Anyway, when I pack the family, the only person I really have to struggle with is Bones as he wants to take everything he owns… every stuffed animal, his Spiderman umbrella, his toy shot gun from Disney, and of course the Fair Fiona. Fiona is staying. I figure if I clean her cage well and have plenty of food and water, she will be fine for a week without us. Bones… is… heartbroken.

We got that hamster in November and most thought it would be a phase; they would think she was cool and then forget about her. Not a day goes by where I don’t pass one of them sitting on the couch with her cuddled up on their chest. They always remember to check to see if she has food and water and they help me clean her cage.

So I’m hoping she will be fine until my husband gets home, because if she were to kick off while we were on vacation, where it wouldn’t be the WORST thing that ever happened to them, it sure as hell would be bad. Very bad.

Posted by Boudicca at June 29, 2005 11:00 PM

I too married a guy who does his own packing THANK GOD>

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 29, 2005 11:42 PM

Call me if you want me to take care of Fiona while you are gone. I'll come by and get her. That way you don't have to stop packing except long enough to hand her to me. And NO the dog will NOT eat her. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at June 30, 2005 06:49 AM

I pack all my own clothes for every trip. I know what I want to wear and in the order I want to wear it.

Posted by: Contagion at June 30, 2005 08:06 AM

"make-shift Garnanimal tags"

Heh. I *married* my garanimal tag :-)

Posted by: Harvey at June 30, 2005 11:36 AM

What kind of adult creature CAN'T (over)pack their own bags for a trip? I'd rather do it myself than let someone else do it.

But what are these strange things called "suits, ties and dress shirts"? If I can't get by wearing some combo of jeans, shorts, t-shirts or sports shirts, I ain't going.....I DO remember to bring my "dress" sneakers and sandals though.....

Posted by: George at June 30, 2005 02:15 PM

I married an illiterate packer.

Every where we go I pack everything for the both of us including tolietries.

Posted by: Machelle at June 30, 2005 03:50 PM

We've got our own version of Fionaa. We have labelled her "The Atomic Rat". Interest here peaked and crashed as you and we would normally expect. The upside is we could probably toss her in the yard tomorrow and nobody would cry foul.

Posted by: Jim at July 9, 2005 12:54 AM