Lovely piece of paper

I have the world’s best piece of paper sitting on my desk besides me: the PTO form for 21 days away from work, signed by my boss.

21 days away from Danger, away from the Bay Area, away from California and, in fact, away from the 48 contiguous states and occasionally away from the USA altogether.

WOO! I’m all, like, going to Alaska. We leave a month from today. I have lists, lists of lists, and notes for which lists to look at for my notes containing more lists of lists.

Naturally, I am crazy busy at work on top of all of this. Naturally, I have about a dozen phone calls to also make (doctors, the bike dealer to order parts for the 32k pre-trip service), and I freakin’ hate the phone. Naturally, I’m way behind on my email, and am now started to get email from people wondering why I haven’t responded to their email. Naturally, I’m also behind with my notes for the book, and need to spend a night at home with my binder and a pen and a closed door.

If I weren’t going on this trip, I’d be losing my mind. I practically am anyway.

Nice piece of paper. Signed piece of paper.

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3 Responses to Lovely piece of paper

  1. Alex says:

    Congrats Carolyn… as far as the well of things to do.. heres how I would look at it.
    Your going to alaska for 21 days. There is no sense getting caught up on email, or any of that. Just put up a auto away or something saying “Sorry folks, I’m overwhelmed”. I know most everyone will understand that with all the popularity and ‘fan mail’ you get from your site, plus mailing lists and questions, you dont have time to answer every single peice of mail all the time. I know half the time when I send stuff, I dont expect responses, so dont worry about it!
    Focus on the trip. Because you know that’ll be your salvation. Not to be a wanker, but you can plan and plan and plan, and then have something go wrong, and have it be the one thing that you didnt bring. So try not to get too worried about it all. You’ll be fine! Just remember to bring extra master link clips, and extra zip-ties should something fall off/rattle off/etc.
    And most of all, have a great freaking ride! I’m looking forward to the ride report already! šŸ™‚

  2. carolyn says:

    Oh, don’t worry, planning and planning and planning is just who I am. I’ve always done it; I always will do it. šŸ˜‰ I overplan right up until the moment that I leave, and then all of my plans shoot right out of my head and I wing it for the entire rest of the trip. I know I’ve written about that before, but in my pre-coffee state, I can’t find the entries. *grins*
    Ironically, extra master clips are one of the few things that I need to get. I thought I had a handful of extras, but they must be hanging out in No Man’s Land with the Bandit’s fork brace. doh!
    Hey Alex, when are you coming out here, again?

  3. Alex says:

    I really need to get my blog back up and together. Lots going on!
    I’ve got my first race July 4th at VIR South, so its going to be after that. I’ll be taking about 2 weeks off from work, some of it unpaid time. I’ll probrobly leave the last weekend in July, or so, and shoot on out there. I have *lots* of planning to do. I need to order a new set of tires and find a way to get them changed when I’m out there, and find time to do a oil change and all that fun stuff. 3000++ miles one way will kill my tires, and likely my sprockets too. So I just need to really (over)plan it all out.
    After your trip, I’ll likely be emailing you for info on places that can do all this, so I can set up appointments. šŸ™‚
    You going to be around that weekend? I’d love to carve some corners up in NorCal šŸ™‚

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