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Packing for Deb on the Road Trip

I need to pack for an epic springtime road trip.  I leave Monday for a series of stops, most of them shiny charms on the threads that have filled my last few months, with some beginnings thrown in for good measure.

The daunting logistics of Deb on the Road Trip are on color-coded spreadsheets. 2.5 weeks, 5 hotels, 10 flight, train and shuttle reservations and a few automobile rentals thrown in so I can fulfill the John Candy Holy Trinity. I'll visit beaches, cities, board rooms, theaters and a party in a legendary Ocean Drive mansion. (Which is was named Casa Casaurina. Isn't that pretty to say? I can't wait to make the pilgrimage to the former home of amazing gay icon Gianni Versace. Can't wait.)

I need to make sure I have the right haberdashery for each meeting or plan, including white clothes for a traditional start-of-summer Miami White Party, but I really don't want to shop and I certainly don't want to pack. Those are things I want to do when I need to write. Right now, I need to procrastinate so many other tasks that I want to write!

Hemingway is ready for the Mom 2.012 Summit White Party

Part of my happy roadtrip is celebrating the Listen to Your Mother Show 2012 season. It kicks off this weekend in Austin and Arkansas, and the shows are going to be outstanding. I've had a front row seat watching the magic that Ann Imig and the 10 city directors and producers are bringing to life, and it's one of the most beautiful projects I've ever been a part of. Supported by Snapfish, BlogHer and a generous lineup of local sponsors, 10 audiences will bear witness to the creative work of 140 writers and benefit 10 charities. It takes my breath away. I wish I could see all of the shows, but I feel very lucky to see three.

So add to that a conference and some client visits, project meetings for Violence UnSilenced, ShePosts and other things -- plus a whole lot of fun -- and this is my itinerary:

May 1-2 Orlando

May 3-5 Mom 2.012 in Miami


May 6-8 NYC

May 9-10 DC

May 11-12 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER SHOW in Philadelphia


May 12-15 Madison

May 15 kd lang in concert!

May 16-18 Tampa

How do you pack for all of that?

I guess I better go and figure it out. Or, maybe tracking down a cigar, a Mojito and a pen to make a list will be enough for right now. If I forget to pack something, I'll just buy it when I get there, right?


Reader Comments (4)

Yeah, it's not like you're leaving civilization or anything...what an epic trip!

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelisa

First, excellent to meet you although it's a bummer it was the last day.
Second...I'm too exhausted to comment after reading your schedule.

Bye!!!!! Safe travels

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAll Fooked Up

and YAY for the surprise BONUS of having you be in Madison.

I love it when life throws a few sweet moments my way.

LOVELY and pretty damn cool seeing you today.


May 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

and you shall rock this trip because you are beyond fabulous my friend.

Wish one of those stops was Australia...


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