"I DIDN'T DO THIS TO YOU!"

 “Bag lady, you gone hurt your backDraggin all them bags like thatI guess nobody ever told youAll you must hold on toIs youIs youIs you”- Erykah BaduI’m not gone tell y'all how I old I was before I realized she wasn’t talking about actual bags.Any who,...more

Booby Baggage

Every time I pick my daughter up, I hug her, I squeeze her, I kiss her all over.  She is absolutely edible, as all babies are. However, because of her start in life, every time I pick her up, in addition to loving all over her, I unconsciously find myself judging her heft. Does she feel heavier than yesterday morning? Are her kissable cheeks any squishier than last night? Was that beautiful bit of thigh fat there the last time I gave her a bath? Try as I might, these thoughts crowd my mind and Katie has a perfect term for them, booby baggage....more

Baggage — It’s all in the Way You Carry it.

Most people have baggage. Although, one case differs from another, pun intended. As adults, we carry some or a lot through life depending on our life experiences. I have always believed those who struggle with adversity are stronger people who can cope, deal with life’s difficulties and rise above it. So maybe there is something to be said about honing up to the baggage, unpacking it and moving on with life....more

Travel Tips: How To Pack and Fly Like a Pro

After I wrote about our travel snacks and how airline travel has changed, it made me think about how I prepare for my trips. I mostly fly for work trips. If my husband and I are traveling for pleasure, we drive unless we have the opportunity to turn a work trip into a vacation like we did in San Francisco. While I was sitting at dinner tonight, I thought about the tips I use to keep myself sane while traveling on airlines. ...more
Excellent advice. I'll add this: Check to make sure Homeland Security or some other agency ...more

Dodged Bullets -- My Relationship Kevlar

Truth be told, this prompt actually really hits home.Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.I honestly consider every single failed attempt at a relationship to be a bullet dodged.Do I want to get married?  Yes, of course I do, I’m a nearly 28 year old single woman who’s never really technically been in a relationship at all… of course I want that....more

The bag lady blues

A stage play The Purse Chronicles debuted in Denver this past year from author Coleen Hubbard. The play involves two men who find a purse and try to imagine the personality of the woman from the contents. I thought of this play as I peered into my bag this week. It's winter, so I switched to my bag with lots of pockets. You know the over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder, bicycle courier, bag....more

The Why & the How

Once the conversation is started on a big (HUGE), issue that runs deep and wide, has stretched through your heart and mind and soul for years, and become a part of your very existence, you wonder when it will ever be closed. If it involves someone close to you, someone that is always going to be a part of your life, and always has been, or has for most of it, it's even more of a question - when are all the questions answered? What questions can we ask? How does this end?...more

Where Does Lost Luggage Go?

We’ve all seen it: that one lonely suitcase on the baggage claim track at the airport that goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one shows up? Well, it might end up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. That’s where you can visit a store that takes up an entire city block and find everything from the expected (clothing, toiletries, books) to, well, the unexpected. Here are 10 of the strangest items that have gone unclaimed. -- Mental Floss ...more

I couldn't find my bags while at the Atlanta airport about ten years ago, and I felt instant ...more

Airline Bag Fees: Expect to Pay More

American Airlines is hiking its first checked bag fee to $25, starting Feb. 1. Surprisingly, there's no savings if you pay advance (when you buy your ticket online) as other airlines offer. United, Delta/Northwest, Continental, and US Airways have all hiked their fees for checked baggage. They all offer a couple of dollars off the fee if you pay it at the time you buy your ticket online.--This Just In ...more

I used to belong to the class who traveled light, who only checked baggage if I made a large, ...more

The Carry-On Luggage Conundrum

...perhaps it’s not surprising that in a letter faxed to travel agents last Friday, Continental Airlines announced a “downsize for carry-ons. ”What does this mean exactly? It means instead of 51 linear inches - the previous size limit, passengers can only bring bags on board that are a total 45 linear inches - 9″ by 14″ by 22″ (height by width by length).--Tripso ...more

But you're on the job. Not everyone bothers to check. 

Passport and handkerchief. Heh. ...more