Saturday errands, part 3

I had lunch at Chevy’s (I was craving the table-side guacamole) and when I got back home, I accomplished several more tasks:

I upgraded my return flight from London/Heathrow to Business Class. I was 470 miles short of what I needed, but sometime last night, my 4,000 bonus miles for joining United’s Red Carpet Club came through and I was able to upgrade my flight. I made use of Seat Guru to make sure I chose good seats in Business Class on the return flight. (I also changed my seat on my outbound flight to a better seat–at least according to Seat Guru.) Now both of the long legs of my trip have been upgraded to United Business. I’ve flown Business on a 777 before and in my opinion, business class on a 777 is far better than First Class on a 2-class airplane, like a 757.

Having done that, I began to collect all of my itineraries and other travel-related information into a binder. I’ve got all of the paperwork in page-protectors, and organized in the order of the trip, with a reference section at the back. It includes my notes and recommendations that I’ve gathered for the various cities, in the proper order. It even has tips on the various airports I will be going to. I know it sounds a little OCD, but I’ve never traveled internationally before and I want to make sure I’ve got everything in order. The system may collapse once I realize everything is easier than it sounds, but at least with my binder, I’ll be relatively stress-free.

I photocopied my passport data page, which is recommended, so that you can keep it in your stateroom on the ship.

I completed all but one load of laundry, the last being a small load that I’ll do tomorrow to basically take care of what I was wearing today and yesterday.

I called Rich and left a message for him. Today was the last day of his fellowship at USC and I believe tomorrow he begins his Air Force career. I also called Dan and talked to him for a little while. I talked to strausmoue as well just before getting a haircut this morning. And I talked to Mom and Dad a few times today as well.

Tonight, I’ll begin the actual process of packing. But for now, I’m taking a break. It’s been a busy day and I’m going to watch TV and chill out for a little while.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.