Good morning! Although, it will probably be afternoon by the time you read this. I’m not sure what time of day it is, or even what day it is at this point, haha! It’s been a long week… a good one, but a lot going on!
After a whirlwind trip to Florida to take pictures and escape the frigid northeast for a few days, I was up bright and early yesterday morning to head to New Jersey to see my daughter compete in a regional Indoor Percussion competition.
It was a long day because they performed twice. The highest scoring ensembles from the preliminaries competed again in the finals, and we were thrilled to be one of those, but it made for a verrrrrrry long day.
This regional event includes high school and college ensembles, so we got to see some amazing shows, but they didn’t get to the awards ceremony until almost 11PM. I know, crazytown.
I used to be glad none of my kids did travel sports or dance, but this is pretty much the same level of intensity. It’s really cool for the kids, though. It’s part music, part drill, part theater, but it’s also very competitive, which brings an element of sport to the activity.
If you’ve never seen an indoor percussion performance, you should check out this video. That’s the group that won the night last night, although that video is last year’s show, and it’s just them practicing in the parking lot. For some reason, I can’t find anything of the actual competition.
Anyway, suffice it to say, I’m getting a slow start to my morning. I’m also having a little bit of a vertigo flareup, which hasn’t happened in a long time. I really hope it doesn’t decide to linger, but it sometimes does after I fly, so we’ll see…
Meanwhile, our trip to Italy is finally off and running. Thanks so much for all of your suggestions last week. I knew you all would come through for me! We decided to work with a travel agent since time is of the essence and everything is filling up fast. I can’t wait to get our itinerary and start tweaking it. I’m sure it will all seem much more real at that point.
I need to get our plane tickets squared away soon because prices have already gone up since I looked at them last weekend, and I’ve started researching and ordering suitcases and day bags/backpacks to try out. All five us will need something to carry during the day, as well as a carry-on suitcase. (This post is very helpful, if you’re also looking at carry-on luggage for international travel.)
Yes, you heard that right. I’m determined to go carry-on only for this trip. If you know me at all, you know that is a tall order, but I’m sure it can be done, especially since it’s going to be such a hot time of year. All I need are a few dresses and a couple pairs of sandals and some travel-sized toiletries, right? It sounds so simple, ha!
I’ve also ordered some crossbody bags to try, although my old HOBO Cassie is probably as good as anything. (Mine is taupe, not teal.) They also make this one, which is nice and sleek, and might make a nice upgrade to the one I have.
But maybe it’s better to get an anti-theft bag? I also like the looks of this nylon TUMI crossbody, but it’s pretty pricey, and I hear nylon can get slashed? I’m open to any suggestions. In fact, I’ve already ordered a few that you all have recommended.
I enjoy researching, and I know a lot of you are also traveling this year, so I figured I’d order a bunch and review them on the blog. Stay tuned!
Okay, that’s about it. I didn’t even really share much about my Florida trip, but this post is long enough, and I still need to round up this week’s top ten for the newsletter. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!
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photos: Mary Catherine Echols