Not that anyone really NEEDS an excuse to go shopping…
I’ve even learned to enjoy shopping…now that I have a cute little girl who LOVES it
and I never really enjoyed shopping – like so many women out there… before now.
So far, we have purchased new luggage, swanky new notebooks, a calendar/planner for 2015 and fancy new business card holders for our trip to St. Louis but there are still things that we need to go buy.
Why the luggage?
If you read my last POST, you’ll remember why. Another reason was because we want to look professional and the pink camo bag I shared with my daughter on our last trip just doesn’t strike me as professional…
For those who may be flying, airlines change their rules constantly and you may find that the bag you’ve always used… won’t work anymore so you’ll need to update.
Why the new notebooks?
If you subscribe to the ACFW loops, you know one of the suggestions that came through was to have a three-ring binder to organize everything in for the conference; notes, handouts, all those one-sheets and proposals you will want to have with you, etc…
We have quite a few three-ring binders in our house but all of them are spoken for (some are even full to bulging) so we had to go find new ones. I know… I know… you feel for us. How terrible that we had to go to a store and buy a new notebook… Oh well, we’ll live. 😉
Why the calendar/planner?
In my capacity as co-creater of the Inspirational Authors of Nashville Writer’s group, book reviewer, writer, mom, teacher, general go-for… I have A LOT of things to do in a day and my mother has discovered that her schedule has begun filling up into January already so we figured it would be smart to have a planner for next year handy… just in case.
I hope the business card holders are pretty self-explanatory…
And as far as some of the other stuff goes…
The thing about packing works here too:
MAKE A LIST! – And it sounds trite but check it TWICE!
Plan on packing at least one extra outfit. Shopping here is probably a lot easier than it would be to find time to shop there.
Don’t forget to check the levels of your travel shampoo, conditioner, soap, body lotion, toothpaste and the ever important toothbrush! You may need to buy more!
Do you need to refill medication, renew a driver’s license, pay a bill before you go… These things are important to get done now, before you’re in a rush to get ready next week!
And watch for more posts to come as we count down to the 2014 ACFW Conference!