July 20, 2015

I ran a bunch of errands trying to pick up everything that I needed for my trip.  I also spent a while on the phone with Coleman.  I had ordered some tent stakes and a lantern.  They were in the same order, but I’m supposed to be getting the stakes tomorrow and I won’t get the lantern before I leave.  I called Coleman and they blamed FedEx for not picking it up for shipment.  FedEx stated that there was nothing they could do to get it to me more quickly since the post office was going to deliver it for me.  I have had many difficulties with FedEx, but have never had issues with the Coleman store before.  Their products are cheaper on their website than they are on Amazon.  However, with Amazon, I can expect it to arrive within the specified time.  So, now I will have to take my old lantern which is heavier and takes up more space.  When it comes to backpacking, it’s all about how heavy your pack is and what you can fit in it.  Needless to say, I was disappointed with the lack of helpfulness with both of those companies.  Neither offered a solution.  Sure, I’ll have the lantern for next year, but I had hoped for it this year.

I hate shopping in general, and today’s errands were no exception.  I don’t like being around many people for so long.  At least I managed to find everything that I needed.  I also made sure to test out all my new gear to make sure it all worked.  Because of my back issues, I wanted to make sure that I had everything I could possibly need in cause I fell significantly behind my friends, which I kind of expect to do.   Last year my boyfriend carried my pack for a lot of the time and helped me set up my tent each night too.  Since I don’t have a boyfriend, I need to rely on myself.  I’m honestly scared that I won’t be able to, but I guess giving up would be worse.

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Relationships: I talked on the phone with my mom.

Meditation:  I did not meditate today.

Sleep: I slept 4 hours last night.

Exercise:  I did no exercise

Diet: I followed my diet well today.

De-cluttering and cleaning: I did neither

Hygiene:  I did neither.

Mood and temperament: I was feeling overwhelmed with all that needed doing, but I wasn’t sad or down or anything either.  My temperament was good.

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