Thursday, October 11, 2012

So then I cried over the underwear...

First off, I need to take a moment and saw WOW and THANK YOU for all of the great advice we received yesterday. We were blown away by how many tips we received!

In fact, the moment I got off work, I drove home, grabbed those ginormous sized bottles of shampoo/conditioner/body wash, marched us over to Target, and we swapped them out for travel sizes, just like you suggested.
We also picked up a small bottle of detergent so we could do some sink washin'.
I never would have thought of that!
Though, this is coming from someone who rarely ever does her laundry anyway.
So again, THANK YOU.

Last night, with newfound determination and courage, I attempted to finally plop myself down and really try to narrow down my possessions and belongings.
After so many of you suggested that I take the smaller suitcase, I knew I had a task ahead of me.

As for the underwear thing?
I was flat out surprised you all suggested only 4-10 pairs of undies be taken!
Here I was thinking, like....25? 30?
But yeah, you're right. I really don't need that many...probably ever.

So there I was, standing at my undie drawer, admiring all of my lacy, sparkly, polk-a-dotty undies and I started to get all nostalgic again.
I just couldn't decide which ones got to go and which ones had to be left behind.
Then, before I knew it, I'm standing there with a hand full of undies, and tears are streaming down my face!
I know, I know, it's underwear!
{And in my defense, this is a very emotional week for me, ifyouknowwhatimean.}
But, I think it was more than just underwear.
It was another moment of me parting from these materialistic things that I've spent the last 26 years building up to be something that is extremely important to me.
Yes, even the lacy, sparkly, polk-a-dotty undies.

But that's what I do.
When I'm in emotion-overload, I cry.
But it was a cleansing moment and I think a necessary one too.

Then The Dizzle saw me actin' a fool over my underwear, came over, wiped my cheek, hugged me and said he promised to buy me all the underwear in the world once we got back.
What a guy.

So anyway, after a few more minutes, I finally narrowed it down to 10 pairs of undies.
We're not quite there because I can barely shut that small suitcase, but I think we're making progress.
Maybe tonight, I'll give it a second go around and can part with a few more tops and a few more shoes.

I'm determined.
These are just things.
And what's coming is going to be far greater and far more exciting than an old pair of undies.




  1. Congrats on narrowing it down!! I'm impressed. One question though... you can't keep a box of your undies at Fasha's house (and your other things as well since a box of undies at your father's house might be a little creepy) for when you return?

  2. Just so we're clear - I recommend the larger suitcase.

  3. Wow, I admire you for getting it down to that little amount of stuff :P That is no easy task! And what a guy is right, what a sweet man :) You guys are seriously going to have so much fun! Another piece of advice I have is, I know it's so tempting to take a lot of pictures, but don't forget to enjoy the moment too ;) I think sometimes we get so caught up with having the pictures, we forget to create the memories.. Oh, I am just so excited for you guys :)

  4. Girls don't just have underwear... we have underwear (read: prized possessions) that was carefully selected after 2 hours of squatting down and opening all 87 small drawers in Victoria's Secret. It's quite all right to not want to part with them!

  5. I think you are doing awesome!!!!! :) I can only imagine how hard it is to part with everything, even though it's only stuff. Still sucks sometimes. You will have amazing adventures though. :)

  6. Just make sure you aren't comparing your pile to his pile. It can't be done. It's not the same situation. He'd probably take just the backpack if he thought he'd get away with it :)

  7. Good luck girl! I would have cried over the underwear too. This may sound silly, but if you have an extra bag left over, pack all your underwear and shirts that might have some meaning to you, that you're not bringing, and maybe store it at a friend or family's place until you get back? They don't need to know what's in it, but there's no shame in keeping a few well loved things for when you get back! Sink washing is a great idea too, and easy, just make sure you have something to hand your items with so they dry. Small clips with hooks are travel friendly and you can hang then on doors or on the shower rod. Sorry this is so long, I just feel your pain lol!

    Laundry hooks:

  8. 1. I love your Dizzle. I need one in my life. He sounds so wonderful to you and for you.
    2. Girl, I cry at the drop of a hat. My emotions are cray cray and crying is my best, and only outlet most of the time.
    3. This really is going to be far more important and life changing than a pair of undies!
    4. I don't wear underwear, so I think I could do this.

  9. I can't even imagine the feelings you must be going through right now! So much emotion in both directions, happy and sad!
    If your interested in ways to save money while travelling the world (and haven't already heard of this blog)you should check out Krystal at Give me back my five bucks ( She has some great advice and tips on finance in general but especially now as she and her boyfriend packed up and are working and travelling abroad. She gives some really practical advice.You might need to go back a bit in her posts as she has been abroad for a while now but it might be worth a look!
    I wish you the best of luck!

  10. Good for you girl. I'm trying to downsize for this move since I'll be sharing my room with my 6 year old...its hard when we're hardwired to accumulate stuff.

  11. Impressive job Mish!! Seriously... The small suitcase is a challenge, but you'll be glad to have less crap to lug around when you are off travelling the world.

    I love that he said he would buy you all the underwear in the world when you get back!! Definitely a keeper! :)

  12. Aw, there there. It was very sweet of the BF to say he'd purchase all the undies you'd ever want when you got back. Great perspective -- what's coming up is way better than undies. Now, are they better than 3 pairs of boots ;)

  13. Kudos to you, because I don't know if I could bring that little amount of stuff with me if I were to travel the world!

  14. Great work've so got this! Like I said, I went for two weeks, and I'm forever changed. You're going for ???? will change you and open you and it will be so amazing!!!

  15. The Dizzle is awesome, that was so sweet of him to say!

  16. just think how much fun it is going to be to go shopping for all new things whenever you bring your ass back home!!!

  17. When I first saw your big news about the big move, the first thought I had was ...."but what about all of their STUFF?!" And I hate that. It's so *American* of me, and it's disgusting. And I told my husband about y'all, and that caused me to ponder what I would do with all of OUR stuff if we ever got the balls to do what you guys are doing.

    And I almost cried just thinking about it. We humans get attached to the items we collect. Memories cling on to things like panties and arm chairs and blankets and coffee cups, and I think WE think that by getting rid of those THINGS, we'll forget the memories attached to them. But we won't.

    Maybe take pictures of your panties and keep a little photo-album. Haha.

  18. Nice pile! Of course it is all emotional now but wait until you are in Spain. Who needs undies?!

  19. Girl, you got this. And see! I wasn't totally crazy to suggest the small suitcase!

  20. "Then The Dizzle saw me actin' a fool over my underwear, came over, wiped my cheek, hugged me and said he promised to buy me all the underwear in the world once we got back.
    What a guy."

    I cried. Such a great guy. sniff sniff.

  21. Hahaha, I laughed at your crying. In the nicest way possible. I had one of those weeks last week - I cried sitting at the train station, on a train, in a coffee shop, at the library. I cried because I couldn't find the book I wanted... SWELL WEEK!

    Thumbs up for the smaller suitcase ;) you can do this! Also I realised I need sparkly, polky-a-dotty undies!!! I have both of those things separately but I need that combo! X

  22. you are too funny! stop being so hard on yourself!! you worked hard for your things and even if they are panties....they are yours!! i command you stop being hard on yourself, cry if you want and enjoy these last few weeks..they will go by before you know it. i cannot wait to read about your trip!!!

  23. My husband and I are getting ready to move across the country and I started crying this morning over coffee cups. No way I could have made it having to give up underwear!!


  24. The funny thing about that story is that when you'll coming back, one of those 10 undies will become your absolute favorite, and even if your sweet boyfriend buy you some new ones, that particularly one will be your lucky undie!
    Mine went with me across the world :D

    Go girl!

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