Minimalist Packing List

You would think as many times as I have moved around that packing would be easy to do. Well maybe someday if I learn to stop shopping, when I get to a spot,  then packing might become a piece-of-cake. Hopefully I can get all this stuff packed so it fits and I don’t have any hassle at the airport. For some reason I feel I have to many clothes. LOL

Mostly I hate carrying a bunch of heavy bags, so I will only have 1 big purse & 1 carry-on. I do plan on mailing a small box on ahead though. The airline charged $16 for the carry-on luggage.

So far this is what I got:

Small box to mail: sheets, 2 bath towels & 2 washcloths, belt, hiking boots, safety shoes for work, hoodie, Pj’s, small camera, and need to see if my small pillow will fit..if not I will leave pillow for my roomie.

Purse: Laptop  & cords, wallet with my cards &  I.D. stuff, sudoku puzzle book, cell phone & charger, lip balm & gum (can’t fly without it)

Carry-on luggage:  vitamins, tums, noxema, hairbrush, hairclips & bandana, nail clippers, hat, 3 pair of pants, 1 pair of long shorts, 2 t-shirts, 1 tank top, 3 long sleeve shirts, 1 long sleeve button down blouse, socks, panties, headlamp, Big envelope with paperwork, & stuff for my big digital camera (camera will be around my neck when I board the plane), and need to see if my travel mug will fit.

I have been trying to call the HR dept this morning to see what I actually “need” to bring. If I don’t need something then I can live without it and don’t want to take up space in my luggage. I am getting excited about getting into the swing of this seasonal work again. Just have to keep telling myself that I will be moving every 3-6 months so I need to keep my list of belongings short enough so it all fits in 1 bag.

I know lots of people who would go crazy living with my tiny list of belongings. But I go crazy trying to pack & move with all their stuff too. Just thinking of packing up a normal size closet would give me an anxiety attack and take me a month to finish packing.

Car-less & Moving Again


Quite a bit has happened the last few months, that I have not blogged about. I lost my car twice…this last time, it was repoed because while it was gone the 1st time I was having a hard time getting work assignments from the temp agency. Without the work, I was unable to pay for the car.

No, I ain’t getting the car back. I had gone over 10 years without a car before I had even bought this car last year. So I have plenty of practice being car-less. I now don’t have to worry about the price of gas, getting a flat tire, paying for insurance or parking space anywhere.  Being car-less, is also making me rethink about the other stuff I own. Everything I owned fit into my car, which is where I was keeping most of  it, the whole time I have been in Vegas. Seeing as I have been crashed out on my friend’s sofa I did not have my own room. She owns a dog who will chew up anything..she has chewed & ruined my blankets, my work shoes & socks, a comb, and my mom’s hoodie. So it was just safer to keep stuff in the car.

On June 5th, I am flying out to South Dakota to work at Mt.Rushmore. The airline I will be on, allows 1 carry-on along with my purse…luckily my laptop fits in my purse. Most people would freak out and declare it impossible to live with such a small amount of stuff. But I have always said that having a minimal amount of stuff makes life easier. You have less laundry to do & use less laundry soap, You can get by with smaller closets and/or bureaus, less stuff to keep track of, and a whole lot easier to move again when this Summer job is over.

So as long as I have the laptop, cellphone, wallet & all my I.D. items in my purse, camera around my neck, and black pants, black socks & work shoes that are required, along with my coat so I don’t freeze in South Dakota, then I will be able to survive anywhere. Actually I might mail my work shoes & hiking boots on ahead. I need to make sure that my carry-on luggage will fit.

Now you can find quite a few blogs on the subject of “minimalism/ minimalist lifestyle”, or a few years go there was a challenge going around in the minimalist world about owning only 100 items. I think I will have the beat by a long shot.  About the only thing I really see me buying this Summer is a tablet because my died on me. I like the tablet for games when I am bored and for all the free books I downloaded onto it. Real books are nice but sooo hard to carry around on a bus or plane. But with a tablet you can travel with a few hundred books that fit in your purse.

My Walk to Work

Yesterday I walked to work again. I worked in the men’s apparel dept fixing up the display of hats, gathering up a bunch of stuff that customes had thrown all over racks & stuffed onto shelves…it becomes a time suck for me to have to pick up after everyone. Now before you say, that’s your job which it is – think about your behavior for a second. If your kid tried on every piece of clothing in their closet and then just threw it on the floor for you to hang back up would you be annoyed? The answer is yes unless you’re in complete denial. The same applies to you, when you try something on, just take a second to hang it back up on the hanger. We’ll be forever grateful and have more time to actually help you with more important things. The last few hours were spent trying to reorganize the shelves of men’s pants. Making sure the Levi’s Dickies, Wranglers, and the sweatpants were all in the proper place according to colors and size

On the walk back home I stopped in at a Del Taco. I drive by it alot but had not stopped in there in the 4 months that I have lived here until then. I ate a chicken burrito & fries while sitting there and took 1 of their chicken fresca bowls home to eat later. It was the first time I have ever eaten those and it was pretty good. It was basically black beans, grilled chicken, diced tomatoes, and cilantro, over some kind of lime rice.

I still have some grapes at home, that I had bought from Walmart the other day. I was reading online today that grapes help reduce your chance of getting lung cancer & emphysema. It was the first article I have seen with that info and at the moment forget where I saw it, so I ain’t sure how reliable it is.

Got a text from the temp agency saying they wanted me to work at Walmart again today at 10:am. But I had to text them back to remind them that they already have me scheduled to work Nascar at 11. Geez, did they really think I could be at 2 places at the same time? Been on my feet so much this week that it will be nice to take a break. I had told the Walmart manager that I would be back Monday. That’s one of the advantages of working for a temp agency and not Walmart… I get to make my own schedule and I tell Walmart when I will be in.

Why I’m Walking to Work

Yeterday as I was leaving to head out for work, I got a flat tire before I even got out of the parking lot of the apartment complex. I was able to turn around and get the car back in front of the apartment. I was so frustrated that I stayed home yesterday.

Today I left early enough to walk to work. Took me 30 minutes to walk to Walmart. I got there early enough to grab a breakfast burrito from Subway before I had to clock in. After I got out of work, I went shopping for bagels, goldfish crackers, grapes and a magazine. Then it took me 40 minutes to walk back home.

I have a donut tire in the trunk of my car, but I have never changed a tire and I ain’t starting now. There isn’t really anything I really need a car for right now. Just think of all the gas money i will save this week. The only thing bad about having a flat is that I can’t get to the gym. I guess with all my extra walking I don’t need the treadmill but I will miss the rowing machine.

I am glad now that I have the day shift at the store close to home instead of the graveyard shift at the other store I was at before because I would not walk that far in the dark. This closer store is better organized and easier to work in, even though I mostly work in the apparel dept. Hopefully soon I can get back into the Health & Beauty dept.

Early Morning Workout

As usual I woke up early, so I grabbed my cup of coffee while I checked facebook…my normal routine. But soon afterwards I decided to head out to the gym. I arrived there about 4:35am and was slightly surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot. Guess I ain’t the only early bird around here.

I started out on the treadmill. There were about 10 other people in the room on treadmills & elliptical bikes. They televisions were on so we could watch either the morning news or music videos. I was more interested in watching some guy upstairs doing stretches by himself.

Anyways I was on the treadmill for 15 minutes before I moved over to the rowing machine for 3 minutes. When I returned to the treadmill for another 15 minutes, I was in front of a mirror that allowed me to see the people behind me. To the left was an skinny old guy that made me think of “father time” complete with the long bushy white beard. Next to him was a younger guy that had enough muscles in his arms & chest to make me think his photo could be on some muscle magazine. Well watching that odd twosome was still better then anything on television.

Well after my second round of my 15 minute walk on the treadmill, I went over for another 3 minutes on the rowing machine. When i finshed with my cardio I walked around the gym to check out all the brochures & business cards that advertise different health stuff in Vegas. I even picked up something about isogenix for my roommate,  seeing as I know she likes that.

I joined a gym

My roomie & her teenage daughter had signed up at a gym but they haven’t gone to it yet. They always seem to have some lame excuse for not going. This week I decided to check it out for myself.

There are 6 facilities in Vegas for the Las Vegas Athletic Clubs, with 1 about 10-15 minutes away from home. It’s open 24 hours a day so I can go whenever it’s convenient for me.

To figure out what my starting level is, they had me step on a special body composition scale. Now how does that scale know the difference between fat & muscle? Beats me, but it said I was 43% fat. Hmmm, that’s a bit high…almost 1/2 my body is fat. Wow sounds like stroke city to me.

Got assigned to a trainer that showed me a few different cardio machines. While I was on the treadmill. He said my heart rate was to high for the little effort that I was doing on the machine. There were others near me that were running on treadmills. I wasn’t walking all that fast on it but my heart rate hovered around 129-133 beats per minute.   I refuse to compete or compare with the runners in the club. As long as I keep doing better then I did yesterday and don’t aggravate the arthritis in my knees, then I will consider myself a winner.

Afterwards he demonstrated how to use the rowing machine which I seem to like.

Then we tried out the elliptical bike. Now maybe because I was already tired by then, but my right knee did not like that machine at all. I started breathing as if I had just done a marathon  and was having a hard time keeping up a conversation with the trainer. I quickly shut the machine off & told him that I was done. He asked if I wanted to try the stairmaster machine. Nope, I was done for the day.

I was only in the gym for 30 minutes. That’s not a long time by some people’s standards, but by this couch-potatoes typical way of living, those 30 minutes was a big step. I will go back and concentrate on just the treadmill & rowing machine for the rest of the week. I’m sure the trainer musta thought that he would never see me again.

Sometime after I get more comfortable with being in the gym, I want to check out their classes. They have yoga, belly dancing & a bunch of exercise classes done in a pool. I figure those should be easy on my knees. I have never tried belly dancing and assume that would be fun.

The trainer did ask me a few questions about nutrition and suggested that I learn to carry water with me in the car, so I don’t feel the need to buy soda when I’m out driving around. That will be easy enough to do.

My Sweet Gherkins

Now I had stopped buying pickles for myself over 14 years ago. But yesterday I bought a  small jar of them and ate some with my lunch today. They were pretty good. Good enough to have more tonight with dinner.

      Funny how 1 little food item, can make soooo many memories….times when my mom used to make a variety of pickles every year when I was a kid, or when my ex – fiance (R.I.P.) hated pickles and always complained when fast food restaurants would automatically put pickles on every sandwich.

     Anyways, I am spending Christmas by myself again, only this year it’s with my jar of gherkins & a store-bought pumpkin pie. I hope the rest of you are having a nice holiday, as for me I will be glad when the holiday season is over.