Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Where's A Delorean When You Need One?

As part of Shimelle’s new scrapbooking class that I’m taking there are daily blog prompts. I’m on a bit of a catch up as I missed yesterday’s so you’ll be getting a 2 for 1 today (don’t tell Gordon Brown :P).

Yesterday’s prompt asked, “If you could travel back in time for just one day, where would you go and what would you do?”

This was a no-brainer question for me. There’s only once place I would go if I could go back in time, and that would be to spend the day with this lady.


This is my Nan. My Mum’s Mum. She passed away long before I was born and I never had the chance to meet her, which makes me really sad. I would love to spend a day getting to know her, finding out what she was like (I hear lots of stories about how she was, but it’s not the same really, is it?), finding out what she would make of my life (I know she’d be horrified by the state of my house! Eek), and showing her photos of the kids. I can’t think of a better way to while away a day.

Today’s blog prompt is about travel. Well, actually it’s about packing. It’s a prompt about “What’s in your suitcase?”

Well, if there was just me, then not much:

Toothbrush/toothpaste etc
A bottle of perfume
Antihistamines (can’t go anywhere without them or I’d be a big itchy blob. It’s not pretty, trust me)
Clean Undies
Clean Socks
Spare pair of Jeans
A couple of T-Shirts
A couple of good books

If I’m taking the kids….well. How long have you got? Seriously. What is it about packing for small people? They’re small. Their clothes should take up a third of the space that ours do, and yet I seem able to pack twice the volume. Maybe it’s to do with the spillage. There’s lots of spillage when the little people are involved and if you don’t want them to go round looking like they’ve been dragged through a wedding buffet backwards you have to take plenty of alternative clothing. Then there’s the toys. You have to pack toys. There aren’t many things in the world worse than BORED small people. Oh My Goodness. On the 290th round of “Muuuuuummmmmmmmm. I’m so Booooooorrrrreedddd!” You’d be wishing you’d packed a colouring book and pencils if you didn’t have the foresight to bring them.

So. How about you? What’s in your suitcase? Can you get away with clean undies and some alka seltzer or do you have to pack everything but (or including) the kitchen sink?

In totally un-scrapping related new. Salsa class is booked for tomorrow night! I can’t wait! Salsa baby, yeah!


Suzanne Vaughan said...

How lovely it would be to be abke to go back and meet her. My maternal grandmother dies a couple of years before I came along too. I really would have loved to have met her too. The cross stitch in my blog (January) is of a picture of her.

Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Excuse spelling! Rubbish touch typing is my excuse!

Lou said...

Lovely pic of your Nan, I'm sure she'd have loved to meet you too hun! xx

And what's in my suitcase? Nowt! Well, I need room to bring back the duty free don't I?!


Kathy said...

i did meet my granny but I still thought about going back in time to spend the day with her because I miss her, but then I thought I have perfect memories of her so I didnt want to touch them. It would be lovely for you to meet your nan and im sure she would feel the same.

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Hi, thanks for the second message! The software is a cheap Jane Greenoff one. It cost £5 about 10 years ago and you can get much better ones now. HTH x

CloClo said...

Really love that picture, and your comments about packing for kids really made me laugh! :D

Sianba said...

*LOL* I got the same thing about packing for my son, can't seem to get out of the house without at least one bag crammed full of diapers, clothes, food and toys. My son's the smallest persons I know, yet he's the one who has most stash... :-)

Kate said...

I'm definetly with you on the good books and doesn't seem to matter where I go - I end up having an allergic reaction to something! So then I tend to stay indoors and read books until the anti-histamines start working!

April said...

As long as I have some comfy shoes, a good book and a cardi to snuggle into I can pack quite lightly, but throw C into the mix and it's three of everything, 5 minute checks to make sure "Bunny" has been packed,a DS with a million games and plenty of snacks...

really I need something to store my lenses in as well.

April xx

kim said...

Beautiful picture of your nan--I love old photographs.

And I totally agree about the kid packing. I once spent three weeks in Europe living out of a 25 pound backpack. Yet when we take the kids on a road trip, we can barely fit ourselves in the car once we've packed in all of their things.

My own bag--have to have my camera and journal. Even though I barely write in it anymore due to all the blogging, I still can't leave home without it just in case. You never know when something amazing is going to happen that you MUST document immediately or lose the moment forever.