Packing Neurosis

____ Two pairs of thick socks
____ snowboarding pants / jacket
____ 2 pairs of long johns
____ 2 pairs of long running spandex
____ white snowboarding boots
____ BOX of hand warmers
____ white hat, polar bear hat
____ long sleeve plain shirt(s) (3)
____ under tanks
____ sweatpants
____ sweatshirt (polar bear)
____ ugg slippers
____ undies, don’t forget them… Don’t.
____ regular socks
____ makeup bag. The small one with the essentials.
____ toiletries – the regular stuff. Wrap toothbrush in tinfoil.
____ iPad and charger
____ phone charger
____ yummy snacks

Ride up wearing: skinny jeans, gap tee with hoodie, and brown boots.

Things I never picked up but said I would days ago: random toiletries, good brews, snacks.

Things already in the car so don’t panic looking for them: snowboard, boots, mittens (because gloves suck, I’ll say it!), funky helmet courtesy of a friend who doesn’t want me to die.

Does anyone else do this before going away?! And still… I always leave something. Not sure if it’s lupus fog, the blonde in me, or I’m just that forgetful.

John’s ready!

20140217-073910.jpgAfter a great week of running (Hello five miles! And yay! Jumping for joy! Hello six!) I’m going to do a quick 5k, gather my belongings, and it’s off to Vermont for a few days.

The last time I went snowboarding was in 2008. I have a feeling it’s going to be like riding a bike for me… please see: Not good. On the other hand, somehow through blogging and running, I’ve become a more adventurous person. I allow myself to be challenged and I enjoy throwing myself into new adventures. Maybe it’s because I know either way, there’s always a story!


That was from Killington in 2008- we stayed in a house with over 20 high school friends. This time it’s a road trip to Stratton- 4 of us. How you know you’re getting old? You’re thrilled it’s low key and you will have a bed to sleep in. Beds were things for kings and queens when I was 20.

I’m looking forward to real maple syrup, sitting around with friends, hot chocolate, fresh air that’s safe to breath, and hopefully some powdery snow. And only one bruise. That’s it.

Where’s a spot you would love to get away to?! Seriously- give me a suggestion!


14 thoughts on “Packing Neurosis

  1. I love Asheville, NC as a great getaway spot. I’m not a winter sports guy, but I go for the hiking/trail running/camping. Always a good time! I also usually forget numerous items, though I try to make good brews a priority so I don’t forget them!

    • The brews were not forgotten. We got a winter variety pack and some Amstel light- a classic. There were quite a few Vermont ales as well.
      I would love to go to NC, I’ve never been but I’ve heard that it’s beautiful. Every other year I try to go to a new city that I’ve never been to. The next stop is Austin and San Antonio so I’ll have to try to fit in Asheville! Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. I do the exact same thing and also always forget something. Not sure if it’s the age thing, the neurotic thing or the blonde thing either!

    • I love, love, love Killington! So you don’t ski or snowboard?! How is that possible?! I just figured if you lived by a mountain it was necessary… Like something you did in gym class 🙂

      The conditions were phenomenal. Best conditions I have ever experienced with continued snowfall over the days!

      • haha, I know it’s kind of weird. My parents never took me when I was younger and now I feel a little silly trying because I’m older. Plus, I’m not very coordinated – that’s why running suits me better. I do cross-country ski if that counts, though!

  3. Enjoy your trip! I’m the same way about lists for packing. We’re pretty good about not forgetting anything, but there are always those times…

    Vermont is so gorgeous. We’ll be going when it’s practically summer though, for my first Tough Mudder. No pretty snow then…but I’m already over winter so that’s OK! 😉

    • I was in Vermont over the summer for a friends wedding and it was so beautiful. I would love to go back this summer. There is so much to do. I love old time hippies, hiking, and nature. So it’s kind of a perfect place for me! I was thinking about doing the tough mudder. When is that one?!

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