19th September 2009
My office is not usually the citadel of tidiness but today it is rather unusually strewn with clothes instead of paper. I have been so busy that I have started to pack for my latest overseas trip while working at the same time. My clothes are flung over the lounge here in my office, chaotically arranged, and every now and then as I rush in and out I remove a jumper or add a pair of shoes. I’m hoping that at some stage today the clothes leave my lounge and head into my suitcase, where they will be better situated I think.
I am going to Ireland tomorrow. I know, it’s a hard life, although I’ll miss my babies. Can’t take them with me, got work to do (and it’s phenomenally expensive). I have meetings with representatives of Creative Ireland and Freelance Ireland, I’m having bevvies with the Irish Illustrators Guild and meeting a designer in Belfast. I’m also adding to my travel writing portfolio and doing three pieces on Heathrow (boring!), Kilkenny (muddy!) and the Galway Oyster Festival (fishy!). I foresee many MANY drinks in my future including not a small amount of Guinness, which tastes like foamy liquid Vegemite to me but don’t tell my Irish hosts.
I am also taking existing work with me, and thinking that I will do it on the plane. Of course, this will not happen. Every time I travel I do the same thing, diligently put work and my laptop in my carry-on bag, and spend the whole trip drinking the free booze and watching all the films I’ve not had time to see.
I don’t think anybody likes long haul flights, but I am freaky and quite look forward to it. On land I spend a great deal of my time taking care of other people and running around like a blue-bottomed fly. When I am in the air, well dressed people take care of me, ply me with food and booze, and I sit on my bottom until it actually goes blue from numbness. It is a little slice of uncomfortable heaven.
Anyway, must off. Someone has to take responsibility for putting these clothes in the appropriate place. Until next time – up, up and way!!!