Sunday, August 20, 2006

Leave the Kitchen Sink?

We leave for China in exactly 4 days. How the heck did that happen? Why in over 1 1/2 years could I not have found the time to re-paint the crown moulding in the living room? We leave in 4 days to meet our daughter, why the hell am I obsessing about dirty crown moulding?

Here is the big suitcase. As of this morning it weighs 45lbs. The limit is 44lbs. Hmmm...gonna have to trust that they will give us an adoption trip pass on this one folks. I am NOT repacking big red.

Here is another bone of contention between the beloved Muffin Man and myself. He thinks that it is ok to pack the kitchen sink if he thinks it will be of comfort to him in Guangzhou. I on the other hand have told him numerous times that in Guangzhou you can purchase Western style kitchen sinks, for a few measly pennies in fact. Ultimately he is a person comforted by things, stuff, dare I suggest junk? I on the other hand am a person comforted by simplicity...the less things, the more likely I am to be in control of said things.

You see the psychological dilemma? If you are in the China adoption process right now you might want to work through these issues with a professional with your spouse in your spare time. It could mean less xanax for you 4 days before leaving for China.

Now here is something where I must say that I agree with my spouse. Let's go get new clothes for China. I know this all sounds highly counterintuitive and all since packing for this trip should be akin to packing for a camping trip. Dressing up is not necessary and your new child will probably barf all over whatever you are wearing anyway. It's a fact, look it up. However, we have been inexplicably drawn to the new underwear aisles of our favorite Kohls. We have new tee-shirts, and new walking shorts. It is crazy. Maybe this is an unspoken thing in international adoption, all parties adopting orphaned children with absolutely no material possessions to their name must present well with new tee shirt from Target.

This whole process at times seems a little like we are living in the world of close encounters of the third kind. And I hope the Chinese laundress in Guangzhou appreciates the fact that our family has new underwear.


Mrs Figby said...

Ha! I bought some new stuff to wear to China, too. I thought I was the only one. Oh well, any excuse to shop.

Have a safe journey!

Debbie said...

I've been watching your journey for a couple of months and wanted to tell you how happy I am that you are leaving so soon.
Safe travels.

Tink said...

When we traveled, they added all the suitcases in our travel party (we were a very small party though) and divided it by the number of travelers. So you should have no worries.

If nothing else, they will add your immediate party and divide by 3. Each person being allowed the 44 lbs.

Tink said...

But ummm....if that dosen't happen and they make you throw out Muffin undies to loose the extra pound then you are on your own.

Jacquie said...

I'm cracking up. Just bought new back to school underwear and thought to self, hmmm...... I should save some of these for China so I'm not embarassed when I send our laundry out. Seriously.

Lee-Anne said...

LOL! You are hilarious! New undies is a must! Laundry service or not.


The Belanich's said...

we are so very excited for you. Can't wait to see pictures. Happy and safe travels!

The belanich's

Space Mom said...

Good luck with Big red!

Enjoy the trip and I can't wait to see the photos of your Girls together