There is way too much to be done around here before we leave. But being on top of things has never really worked out for me. Yesterday Annika cut her hand somehow. She was playing with Frankie and the next thing I know, she runs to me bleeding like crazy. The last I checked, Frankie didn't have any sharp edges and this was clearly not a bite wound (no, Frankie doesn't actually bite), and Annika seemed unsure how she had done it herself. We just had to let the mystery be, though, as Annika was squirting blood everywhere. Mainly all over her shirt. Anni's current liver/spleen problems mean that her blood doesn't clot as quickly as it should, but this was the first real squirter I had ever seen.
So we held pressure for a while, and then cleaned it up and applied the magic band-aid (ultimate cure-all for many of childhood's mishaps). I decided to be responsible and get Anni's shirt cleaned up right away, rather than leaving it for the next laundry day, by which time the stain would be indelible. A few minutes later, I draped the shockingly clean shirt over the kitchen sink to dry a bit before moving it to the laundry room. I was feeling quite virtuous. An hour later we were headed out the door, and I went to the sink to replace the water in Anni's cup. Except that it wasn't water in the cup: it was chocolate soy milk, which splashed all over the freshly de-stained shirt. Chocolate soy milk is nearly as hard to get out as blood. I don't know if it's the chocolate or the soy, but my girls have lots of brown polka-dotted clothes. Unwilling to accept the undoing of my virtuous laundry deed, I set about removing the chocolate soy milk. Water alone wasn't cutting it, so I reached for the nearest soap-like stuff, which happened to be some neon green Palmolive dish soap (neon green? why, oh why?). The chocolate soy milk came right out, only to be replaced by a neon green stain from the Palmolive.
So you see why I am still content to think about what I should pack for a few days more rather than actually trying to stay on top of it all.