I need to do a better job of keeping this Blog on task. It is supposed to be about our Big Roman Adventure, not the baseball season, or Formula 1 no matter how compelling I find those topics. Oh well, both of those seasons will be over soon and I will stop digressing. Or maybe not.
I really need to start pulling things together for this trip. I have started to buy some stuff, and I have started making lists but that’s about it. We leave right after Christmas, so I need to have my act together.
We have a copy of the orientation guide the University gives the students going on this program. They suggest some interesting things. Like, for example, a currency converter and a calculator. Why wouldn’t you just use the calculator to convert currency? Oh, never mind. And they suggest bringing laundry soap (I’m pretty sure you can get that in Rome). Strange. They did also suggest laundry bags, which I would not have thought of and will probably need.
There was also a list of English language bookstores, which will come in handy. Although, I learned there is an English language library at the church of Santa Susanna. I’m sure we will be investigating that. I hope they have children’s books.
Speaking of books, we seem to have accumulated quite a few. We have the Dorling Kindersley guide to Italy, the Blue Guide to Rome; the Lonely Planet guide to Rome, a book called Around Rome with Kids, City Walks Rome and I think there is one other one. At this rate we will need a suitcase just for the guidebooks. But, I suppose it’s good to be prepared.
I need to find a place to start putting this stuff. At the moment it is all sort of scattered about the house. Not good. I will forget something. I think I need to get one of those Rubbermaid storage containers and start putting things in it. It would probably be a good idea of said container was about the same size as one of the duffel bags. Then I would know when I was reaching my limit. In an ideal world I would have one bag full of clothes, and one for stuff. Ideally some of this stuff will be consumed while we are gone and won’t be coming home with us, making room in the suitcase for items purchased in Italy.
Items like shoes, and purses, and leather jackets, and, and, and…I could go on but it would make my husband nervous.