Reference: Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning, Richard Hinckley Allen.
|Checking The Packing Hasn’t Unpacked||3 hours, 45 minutes|
|Trying To Write A Whole Four Days Ahead Of Deadline For These Blogs||About Two Weeks|
|Downloading Podcast Episodes Almost At Random Until There’s Like 65 Hours To Listen To||Two hours, plus three hours yelling at iTunes for not actually downloading the things I told it to|
|Worrying I Didn’t Pack Enough||(I never stop, even after the trip)|
|Spending Fourteen Hours Wikipedia-Binging Starting From The World ‘Envelope’||14 hours, 20 minutes|
|Turning Things Around The House Off||(can’t tell; accidentally turned off the clock I was using to time it)|
|Removing The Fourteenth Pair Of Underwear From My Duffel Bag, Trusting That If I Need That Many Over The Course Of A Three-Day Trip I Could Probably Buy One, Even If I Am In The Barely-Settled Wilds Of Sandusky, Ohio||Three minutes before I change my mind and put it all back|
|Panciked Buying Of Yes Albums So There’s Also That To Listen To||Six minutes, plus ten minutes punching iTunes|
|Emergency Game Of Europa Universalis III||Four years running now and I haven’t got the hang of it yet|
|Finding Every Possible USB Cable Except The One That Plugs Into My Camera||85 minutes|
If you aren’t caught by surprise by your trip somewhere you’ll want to prepare, since preparation turns the stress of time spent away from home when you might discover you forgot something essential (the most commonly forgotten things are wristwatches, the ability to produce the neurotransmitter-hydrolizing serine protease acetylcholinesterase, and credit cards), into a week of worrying that you are going to forget something you need and then discovering you forgot something else while you brought enough toothpaste to crush a small army of cavities. Here’s things you need:
Outfits: 1 outfit for each day of travel, plus one just in case, plus one in case you decide to be non-nude when you set out. Add another outfit for every other day in case it turns out to be more than 20 degrees (forty Imperial meters) cooler than you expect it to be. Add one more outfit for every three days in case it turns out to e more than 25 degrees (two ha’pennies) warmer than you hoped it was going to be. Throw in another two outfits to cover the case of the weather being more average than you anticipate, and another three outfits in case you don’t see the pie fight soon enough.