Sunday, January 6, 2013
Dave and I are winding up our trip. Yesterday we left his family in Bradenton and drove back up to Tampa, where we stayed last night with my dad. We retrieved a bag of Christmas gifts, a box of old photographic negatives and a few other odds and ends (including my ball radio) we'd left at my mom's house, and today we have to figure out how to get everything into our suitcases.
I actually had a dream about packing last night. Well, it was sort of about packing. I was walking around London with a woman named Ruth who used to work with me at The New York Times. I was carrying an immense beige suitcase and asking shop owners to store it for me. They were all saying no.
I'm not sure what that means, except that I have packing anxiety.
This morning we're off to breakfast and then running a few last-minute errands. Our flight departs at 8 p.m. tonight!
(Photos: Top, the moose lodge in Bradenton Beach. Middle, the Kinky Kitty shop in Sarasota. Bottom, the octopus-fronted Plain & Fancy shop in Bradenton.)