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Palm Springs in November? Don't mind if I do

I'm traveling in a couple of days to Camp Mighty, because when Laura and Maggie tell me they're putting something together, I pay attention. Also I'll take any excuse I can to share a room with Mrs. Kennedy. (Not to mention: raise money for Charity Water. My team has almost reached our goal of $5000! I have a team! If you feel moved to contribute, please do.)

I'm giddy with excitement, but as I am me, I'm also a bundle (bindle? carry-on?) of nervous energy. I have a to-do list that I'm frantically checking off, I keep re-checking to make sure I have enough snacks and anti-anxiety meds for the plane (don't judge me, Normals!), I'm pretty sure I'll forget something vital, like my underwear or my paper-thin veneer of sanity, and also (because I am me) I pause every so often to bathe myself in guilt that I'm leaving my family behind. For four days. How will they survive?

Oh, I do want to be better at traveling, and I'm getting there, but every time I leave home I get anxious and teary. I can't help it. I love home.

My guys.

I love the people who are at my home. (I got a new iPhone, by the way. I am enjoying the photo apps. In case you can't tell.)

Charlie and Henry's album cover

And the pets. It's hard for me to be away from these guys, too.

So mysterious. And full of hate.

("We get it, Bradley, you're making liberal use of the depth-of-field filter.")


On the other hand, I also like dreaming of home, which is best to do when you're off on adventures.

You don't have to tell me how lucky I am, because I know.

Reader Comments (24)

Oh, Alice. I have one of those beautiful brown eyed boys, too. They're hard to leave, but they making coming home very worth it.

Have fun!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhighlyirritable

Those eyes! Love it. Hope you have safe travels and tons of fun!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I travel a lot and the hardest thing is always leaving my pets! Last time I was away it was for three weeks, and my neighbour was feeding my cat and the dog was with my parents, but when I came home - the cat SHOUTED at me for 3 days! And stayed glued to my head while I slept.

Don't think I can go away that long again unless I have someone house-sitting, I felt SO GUILTY when I came home!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

It's been awhile since I've seen a picture of Henry. He is getting so big. Love the shot walking down the sidewalk. Would SOO love to live in New York. Enjoy Palm Springs!!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I ALSO have one of those boys with deep brown eyes and shiny brown hair...

Henry is looking so gorgeous these days.

Have a fun trip and dreaming of home.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternutmeg

So, not be boring and a copy-cat, but Henry is just beautiful. I can understand your not wanting to leave for 4 days, but, think of how happy you will be to return. And so what if they dye the dog blue?!

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhyllis

This is just the best and sweetest. I couldn't stop thinking about your digestion so I decided to pop by and say hello.

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRita Arens

Love the post. Love the the way, what iphone picture apps do you have? because these are gorgeous (subjects and pictures)

The app is Camera +!

Also, my kid's eyes are blue. BLUE. (Although they do look brown in the photo.)

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

I think it is pretty much unanimous; that is one gorgeous kid you have there.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy @ Some of These Things

Whenever I go away I'm scandalised to find that that my boys can cope, without me. And then I tidy. And tidy some more. Enjoy your trip!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamsin Hickson

Alice Nerve Bundles :) That would make Nerve your middle name, which might give people the wrong idea. It could also be Alice Bundles of Nerves, which makes it sound like you are from the Nerves region of southern France. That probably works better.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErol

I like that Henry and the pets all have big anime eyes.
I hope you manage to calm your anxieties (put on your Mighty Cape; that should help) enough to enjoy the awesome that is Palm Springs and its old skool desert vibe.

Have a great time!

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdgm

Good land is that boy cute. I have girls. I need one of those little boys. Like I need a hole in the head. But seriously--those eyes. Surely he's perfect. And never whines.

Take the Palm Springs and don't look back.

November 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeam Suzanne

My cousin owns a home in Palm Springs. Last year we visited her in December and it was amazing. I didn't wanna go home. And I can understand where you are coming from about your pets, as I have 4 cats of my own at home. They are part of the family.

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermatt

If that picture on your home page is you, then I LOVE your haircut. If that is not you...well...then this is an awkward moment.
Lu Purcell

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCherryLaneDiaries

Your pets are adorable, so are you! I wish I can travel often like you do. You're really lucky!

Wow! Those iphones really take great pics. I need to get one of those myself. I just happened across your blog through babble and the top 50 mommy blogs article. Congrats on your achievment. I love your article. I hope you love my blog at where we have a great crib sale.

November 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermollyminks

Love the pics!

Have a wonderful time! I hope your trip is refueling, exciting, and whatever else sounds wonderful to you!

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Oh my gosh your beautiful kid! That is one handsome boy.

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterk

You know what I love traveling too! I've been in Yarra Valley Winery Tours, and it was a lot of fun!! Try it there. =)

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I love travelling too as much as you love it. I've to different places and check in various hotels around the world. :)

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