How I Deal with Life.....

How I Deal with Life.....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Four and a Half Weeks to Abu Dhabi: Suitcases or Naked?

This week, thus far, has been a complete waste of time. 

I have slept late, played with my four-year-old granddaughter, wrote, and spent time with good friends.  The only thing I have done that could be considered halfway productive is research on how to obtain a “travel override” for my Blue Cross that will grant several months of my prescriptions to be filled at one time. I will need several months’ worth in Abu Dhabi because I don’t want the first thing I HAVE to do upon arrival is locate a doctor to write RXs.  And if I weren’t fifty years old I wouldn’t have to worry about this at all because the body wouldn't be going to hell in a handbasket. … Ce la vie.

Funny how the little things that make life so very good are viewed through a societal lens as wasting time, and all the busy crap that stresses us out is viewed as productive and valued by our society.
Kinda screwed up.  I should have written more about what fun it was to play with my granddaughter and not about my prescription medications.

And I apologize for my preoccupation with my medications, but, blood pressure pills, doxycycline, folic acid, HRT, Enbrel, and methotrexate have become such a large part of my life. So I tend to stress out a bit when my supply is threatened.  Even in the abstract.

I received my Buffalo router in the mail last week, but I have yet to even take it out of the box. And I really need to do this. The router is so I can connect multiple devices to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that will allow me to access censored internet sites (Netflix, Skype)  while I am in the UAE. I need to take the router for a spin before I leave so if there are any kinks to work out I can work them out here where I have Dear Husband to assist.

See? Not even opened!

Every night I go out into the Depot where my three bags are stored and take a few items out. The take- out-and-leave-at home-pile is growing quite large.  

These items didn't make the cut...

Maybe I’ll just fly butt ass naked with a toothbrush in my hand and buy all new stuff when I get to Abu Dhbai.  Don’t laugh; that’s starting to sound like a good idea. My stress levels over the weight of the bags, what to take, what to leave, what I need, what I don’t need is making me go a little nutso here. Sometimes I find myself just sitting out in the Depot staring at the bags.. Not thinking. Just staring.

New idea for a movie script: Teachers Who Stare at Bags (okay, that is really lame so I must be tired..)

Now I have to get myself in gear and get the million and one little (and I do mean little as in nitpicking and I should have done this stuff by now..) things done that need doing in the next four and half weeks. FOUR AND A HALF WEEKS???  WTH?

The 2012 Abu Dhabi teachers were told to be ready to depart anywhere from August 8th on.. I am going to be locked and loaded by August 8th.  I'll either be ready to go or I will be arrested at the Atlanta airport for indecent exposure.


  1. It hasn't been a waste of time. LOOK at your first sentence. That is the important stuff!! Especially since you will be gone for 2 years!!!

  2. Wow, I haven't taken my buffalo router out of it's box yet either! How funny is that?? I've been packing up my house and it seems to go on and on.
    just breathe, we will get it all done!