I am writing this post in hotel room in Amarillo, Texas, on my way home with the girls from an 11 day trip to Colorado. The girls and I drove; my husband flew. After more than two years of us having just one car, a van, I bought a Prius V a couple of months ago. I love it, and this is what we’re driving. (We kept the van for kid hauling duties and use it once a week or so.) The Prius V does not have a huge amount of storage space, as we have filled it. I keep thinking that Colleen would be appalled. She’s in the UK with Steve, and they probably have one suitcase and two backpacks total. Let’s just say the pioneers probably crossed the entire United States with less stuff than what we’ve packed.
But, let’s look at it another way. I was in the car with two kids for four days total. We cooked every meal in Colorado. We took some groceries, and we’re returning with some groceries. The only things that I packed but did not use were a rain coat and the game Apples to Apples, a couple of choices of books on CD that I check out from the library. Dan and I took pride in our “use it up challenge” of the refrigerator while on vacation. We wasted very little food; it was great.
What this makes me think of is all the things I have at home and can live without. Knick knacks, duplicates, books, games no one plays, excess dishes and china, craft supplies. All those things you think you can’t live without, or have to save for someday, or might use eventually. Do you really need them? Are they enhancing your life? Or are they just “stuff” that you can share with others or recycle, or maybe it’s time for a use it up challenge of your own.
Off to Palo Duro Canyon today and then home to Austin!
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow