Long distance travel is a feat of endurance. I have an extra, extra long trip coming up, and I’m brewing a plan to bring some of the comforts of home along with me.
It’s very exciting. The Husband and I are heading off to the West Indies at the beginning of April. Sort of a first anniversary present to ourselves, combined with a return match to visit my oldest friend Julia and her husband, who got married a month before we did, and who performed extraordinary feats to get from Barbados to our wedding here in Mackay. My side of the wedding party was a little scarce (7 people including Julia and Brett) compared with the Chiconi side (30+ people), so their efforts were greatly appreciated. Anyway, I digress.
We shall be on a plane for obscene amounts of time. The Husband will be able to sleep. He can sleep standing up. The rest of the time he will eat, watch movies, play games on his phone and read the Kindle. I will not be able to sleep. I just can’t, on planes, unless the presence of the Dear One suddenly waves a magic wand over my brain and I zonk out. Something still to be discovered. So, I have to have pastimes. I’m making myself a carry-on survival kit. It will contain my laptop and phone, all our travel documents, a sewing kit and a small personal kit, a few pens and a small drawing pad. The pens will come in handy when everyone rushes to fill out a landing card, and realises they have no pen. And when I say I’m making this kit, that’s what I’m doing. I’m assembling and sewing it from scratch. It’s going to be navy and white fabric, padded and quilted, with soft straps and a zippered top. A well considered survival kit can make all the difference, particularly as this will be the longest journey I’ve ever done all in one go.
The drawings are still at the embryonic stage, but you get the idea. Now all I need to do is work out how to make it!
I finished my sewing day yesterday with two more stash baskets: the purple and the blue. Different handles on each, I’m still feeling my way with what works best, but I think the purple version is going to be the one that gets done most. I’m loving the empty space that’s appearing in the Cupboard of All Colours. One day, when it’s all tidy and spiffy, I shall take a brag photo…
Time to go and get Himself up for work… Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration, if that’s what you like to do. I shall be spending some solitary quality time with my needle; the Car Quilt needs some love.
Talk to you all in 2014.