Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Money, Stuff, and everything in between.
Why is it that money from my native land gets me all nostalgic. Something about holding the green. Holding it, even the very few dollars (all 5s and 1s) that I have at this point living abroad, make me register that I'm going home.
So, as opposed to doing a corny little post on what I'm looking forward to, because I've already done that and I reached my quota for corny with last night's post, I'm doing something different.
There are things I no longer pack when I go home. I have a definite to US or to Brazil packing style. It's efficient, it's crazy, it holds me off for the time I'm away from either place.
Since I'm going to the US and I'm being reminded of those neurosis, here is what I do and do not bring.
1. Skin care products. I buy them there, in bulk when possible, and bring them back. That goes for face, body, and some hair. Not that hair. I live in Brazil, there isn't enough of that hair left!
2. Tennis shoes. Only the essentials because I prefer buying my tennis shoes, converse, boots, etc there. I do sandals, flip flops, and heels in Brazil.
3. I bring all my jewelry. I love earrings and always buy them in Brazil. Cool, big, and cheap. Makes me sound like a hooker but I make them classy.
4. Books. If I'm mid-book, I leave it behind. I fly with kids, so no way I'm going to get to read on the flight. I'd much rather read new ones, bring back new ones, and pick up where I left off upon arrival home.
5. If beach is possible, I always bring my Brazilian bikini. I especially like to bring my littler ones. Shock factor. Nothing freak outs an Americans more than one of our own in a tiny ass Rio de Janeiro bikini on a US beach. I've gone to Ipanema, I have no more shame.
6. Coffee and lots of it. My family is bored of most Brazilian things. That's a sign you've been somewhere a long time, when things you bring home stop being exotic. 'Oh more Pau Brazil beaded necklaces. Great! One more and I can make a curtain.' Coffee though, that is a staple asked for by every member of the clan.
7. Cigars. Brazilian ones. I swear.
Man, I'm getting all listy these days. I do believe packing and organizing is to blame. Procrastinators like myself need lists to make sure they only forget half of the stuff they are supposed to bring.
Anything I'm forgetting people? Only 5 hrs to go!