Thursday Thirteen: Packing for Chick Trip


Tomorrow morning I will be picked up by a van full of Wild Women for our annual child-free Chick Trip weekend. Believe me, I’m ready to spend some time with people who don’t summon me at two in the morning with an ear-piercing, heart-thumping “MommmmeeeeeEEEEEEE!” to share the urgent news flash that the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour is on Nickelodeon at eight o’clock the next night. In other words, it’s time for a little R&R, and a chance to remember who we are on our own and what is special about our friendships.

This year we decided to keep it low key. We’re hiding away in an Idaho cabin (many thanks to the generous friends who own said cabin) and only venturing out to enjoy a local restaurant and perhaps to restock the refrigerator. I foresee a lot of talking, popcorn popping, movie watching, game-playing, and relaxing. That reminds me—I need to dig through my closet and unearth my fuzzy slippers.

I still have packing to do tonight, so on that note, and in the hopes that any moms out there will be moved to plan their own sanity-affirming Chick Trips, here are:

Thirteen Things to Pack for an All Girls Getaway:

1. Cheesecake. There will be other food there, including Kim’s famous artichoke dip, but cheesecake is truly the nutritional cornerstone around which all other calorie intake will be built.

2. Diet Coke. To offset the cheesecake, of course.

3. MadLibs. No one can come up with adjectives, nouns, and verbs like a bunch of mommies taking their vocabularies out for a spin after weeks of uninterrupted monosyllabic Barney-talk.

4. Music. There will be arguments, of course, over whether the likes of TobyMac and Pillar constitute real music or not, but I’m sure we’ll settle all disputes equitably and with good grace thanks to my benevolent dictatorship as keeper of the iPod. (Okay, okay—I’ve got some Rebecca St. James and Norah Jones on tap, too. I do have a softer side, you know.)

5. Chick Flicks. The sappier the better. Remember the chick flick trifecta: Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon, and Sandra Bullock. Leading men are negotiable. Super deep voice or Scottish accent preferred.

6. Karaoke Machine. Trust me. Loads of fun, and when you’re a verse and a half into “I Will Survive” and suddenly forget the words, you find out who your real friends are.

7. The Friends trivia game. Obviously, the teams will be Kathy vs. Everyone Else, but I give us 3:1 odds.

8. Pajamas. If I have my way, I will be spending most of the weekend in them.

9. Pedicure Kit. Nothing says self-indulgence like shiny pink toenails.

10. The Complete Book of Questions.

11. A Bathing Suit. In case an opportunity to join the Polar Bear Club presents itself.

12. A Notebook. For jotting down all the fabulous blog ideas that will occur to me during those no-holds-barred late night conversations over–what else?—cheesecake and Diet Coke.

13. A camera. No, wait. Scratch that. It might be wise to avoid creating photographic evidence.

*In my absence, my husband will be helping me keep up with the demands of NaBloPoMo by posting a handful of brief entries that I have pre-written. Also on deck: a guest blogger! (If I can pull her away from rereading Barbie and the Swan Princess, that is.) This blog will return to its regularly scheduled programming on Monday. Have a great weekend!


19 responses »

  1. Oh my gosh, Katrina, that sounds like the perfect weekend!! Now to round up my friends and do our own chick trip. Kinda tough when they’re all ‘net buddies…

  2. I’d update my blog more often, but all of the important stuff gets posted by my wife on the family blog. That and I’ve actually had stuff to do at work… don’t they know that’s when I play on the internet???

  3. Wow! I just saw that book for hte first time yesterday night and thought I must get it!

    Have a super fantastical weekend! It sounds amazing, I’m jealous! 🙂

  4. what a wonderful weekend… may have to start our own when we’re back in the states! Or who knows… we may take off into the unknown of Bolivia with our teammates 🙂 Enjoy! And what great husbands too… to give you all a chance to relax and let your hair down!

  5. I want to come!!! Sounds like a completely awesome time!! Cheesecake and diet coke – best combo ever!! Enjoy your weekend! We’ll try to be nice to the secret “guest blogger!” (To Paul, too!)

  6. Have we forgotten the 4th part of chick flick movies???? Julia Roberts! If Steel Magnolias is not watched then it is not a true girls’ weekend!

    give your sista a hug for me!

  7. You’ve forgotten a couple of things:

    Sex and the City DVD’s

    Hair Dye for the more adventurous

    All your cosmetics for the great makeup swap: everyone gets out their stuff, tries on each others (have alcohol to wipe germs!) and trades are made. This is also a good time for people to say “You’ve had that HOW LONG?? Toss it NOW!”

    Did you mention wine? I’m sure you did.

    Have a fab time!!

  8. Sounds like so much fun!!

    I’m disappointed in you, though. You forgot one VERY important person in your chick flick list:

    And what about Molly Ringwald? ’80s chick flicks are awesome, too!

  9. how diligent of you to prepare entries for your own absence. I say have a great time this weekend! And enjoy the indulgence of cheesecake!! 🙂

  10. I LOVE YOUR TRIP! This is a great idea… if only my kids had another parent who could watch them in my absence and make sure they ate when they are supposed to and took their medication and didn’t run around naked. As it is, after a 45 minute trip to the store, when I return, it looks like Lord of the Flies around here.

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