Now the countdown app says one day. That doesn’t seem right since the plane takes off tomorrow. I’m never counting down again. Other than it is about 57 hours until the second plane leaves.

Yes, there are two planes. One is the connecting flight with a full day’s layover in a very famous American city where I can’t find much interesting to do.

Will the Real Countdown Please Stand Up?

The second plane didn’t really matter a few weeks ago. The first plane, the one that necessitated the empty house and the full POD, has been the one that mattered. Now that it’s just a few hours away, it’s just a warmup. It’s the yoga before the half marathon.

Start at the beginning, 11 Days Before Takeoff.

Should I Namaste or should I NamaGo?

I always did a little yoga before my half marathons. I watched other runners sprint and jog to warm up. I was going to be lucky to finish the 13.1 miles. Add a mile or so walk from the parking lot to the starting line. I wasn’t going to intentionally add to the distance.

Other runners stretched. It’s easy to overstretch, especially before a workout. I did just enough yoga to engage and warm my muscles and to open up the joints.

I have newish running shoes I’m taking to Spain. I plan to start running again when we get there. I signed up for a 5K in October. I could probably run that distance untrained, but it will be with friends. I’ll want to put on a good show.

What is Your Packing Style?

I remember saying to my wife a few weeks ago, “Do you think it would be a good idea to go ahead and start packing our suitcases?”

She said “Yes,” but it was her patient yes she uses when I come up with a dumb idea. Rather than saying, “No, don’t be ridiculous,” we just do other things instead of my dumb idea.

So here I am, 31 hours before that plane — the warm-up plane — begins its journey towards the direction of our extended layover.

Last Minute Packing?

I worked from home the day before we left for our first month-long trip in 2010. My plan was to work a few hours then pack. Even eight years ago, when things were happy and jolly, plans never went as planned. I worked a full day, then packed in about 30 minutes.

A Full Day for Packing?

I was smarter the second month-long trip in 2014. I took off the day of our departure. Having learned from my mistake four years earlier in the manner I usually learn from such mistakes, I found other ways to procrastinate packing and again waited until the last hour to pack.

Just Don’t Procrastinate

This year I’m not just smarter, I’m wiser. And a little more nervous. I am taking tomorrow off to pack. I did schedule a haircut in the morning, so I’m not completely abandoning my habit of packing self-sabotage.

Yes, I did say schedule a haircut. I might have got A Wild Hair.

Maybe I Should Procrastinate Just a Little

I’d really like to upgrade my phone before we go too. I’ll want to take the best pictures I can for you, won’t I?

Maybe I can squeeze in upgrading my phone after my haircut and before packing for that plane that will take regardless of the quality of my packing, my phone or my haircut.

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