Sunday, July 31, 2005

SETTLING IN

When I travel, it often takes me a while to settle in when I reach my final destination. Part of the reason is that I know it's not my final destination. My final destination is home again so often I think what is the point? All this packing, unpacking and repacking again.

While most normal people hit a hotel room and immediately stuff their crap into hotel dressers, spread their travel kit contents across bathroom countertops and hang their clothes within the hotel closets - I am quite the opposite. It's not until day two or three that I begin to settle in. Take things out. Make myself at home. Until then you can find me groping an extended arm into my wheeling suitcase reaching for my toothbrush only to zip it all up once again when I am finished.

I'm not sure where I developed this resitance to settling in. It could be as simple as being lazy. But I recall being like this in college as well. I went to an all women's college in the south where decorating your room was taken to the extremes. While the majority of the women were busy turning their freshman dorm rooms into mini B&B's - frilly throw pillows, leafy plants, wicker baskets full of magazines, etc. - I barely unpacked. By the time parents weekend came and my mother inquired about the three cardboard boxes still full and now serving as a night stand, I just shrugged and said, "What's the point? I'm leaving in a few years anyway."

E is a big inspiration in this area. Take for example our recent arrival in Maine. While the cabin hadn't been boarded up for the summer, it certainly needed some settling in. The moment we got here E ran about putting out lawn furniture, mowing the lawn, pushing curtains back and emptying the back screened porch of it's various contents - canoes, paddles, etc. He set up the hammock between two birch trees. He fixed the mini grill. He even put bird seed in the bird feeder. If it weren't for him, I'd probably be satisfied keeping my wheeling suitcase in the trunk of the rental car and curled up in the dark (curtains drawn) reading a book on a cushionless porch chair or even in the canoe.

Despite only being here three nights though, I am starting to see the point to all this. When you take the time to do these little things it really does matter. I feel much more relaxed then I might not having really committed to being here. For now I am off for a swim. E has wheeled the giant black inner tube down to the pond and I plan to joing him. Bob around for a while in the warm sun. Take in the mountain view. Settle in.

11 Comments:

At 2:13 PM, Blogger sheepish said...

You know, reading in the dark is bad for your eyes.

 
At 1:55 AM, Blogger K said...

sounds wonderful

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger dsp said...

hey what lake is your camp on? i grew up in maine on lake sebago. i bet it's pretty relaxing, have fun.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Stacey said...

funny. sounds like something a guy would do - cardboard box as a nightstand. i had sheets as curtains for quite a while (still do in the bedroom, but they don't look like sheets), but that was more out of being broke than not wanting to settle in.

enjoy your stay. sounds lovely. :)

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger alissa said...

Very timely blog... I've been in Victoria, BC for the past 4 days, and my clothes are STILL in my suitcase. Although my toiletris have made the long trek over to the bathroom counter.. Geez, even my daughter's store-bought jarred food in still in my carry-on bag. Like it's so tough to put that in the kitchen.

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger Kiki said...

I'm the exact same way with not settling in . My stuff sits in the suitcase and the floor around it for the first few days.

 
At 6:48 PM, Blogger Neil said...

So jealous of you vacationing in Maine. Is there any place more restful and pretty -- and close to some cool outlet stores?

 
At 3:19 AM, Blogger Plantation said...

Sheesh. I was on the road for 12 months last year. For me, I wanted to 'settle in' quickly cuz I wanted and needed that feeling. Hence the rush to unpack and all that jazz. Have fun in Maine!

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger jon said...

After we paid for our kids summer camp for sale we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!

 
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