Anxious? Who Me?
Last night I dreamed that my favorite merino wool base layer pants had gone through the dryer and shrunk to half their size.
Today I suddenly became concerned that my shoes would be too small if I wear toe sock liners under my regular socks.
Inflating our sleeping pads seemingly takes forever. Do we need a mini-pump?
Crap, my rain pants are too small. How did that happen?
OMG, how do I know what I’ll want to eat for breakfast in May? In August???
Time to try out yet another hiking bra…ugh.
Experienced hikers say I need leukotape in my first aid kit. What the hell is leukotape?
Yup, my anxiety is in overdrive.
We’re less than four weeks away from our Appalachian Trail launch and my mind is running at 200 miles/hour at four a.m.! It feels like there are hundreds of things still left to do. I long for the day when I just hoist my pack onto my back and walk. But until then, I make endless to-do lists and check those items off, one by one.
Today’s worries, resolved.
Nope, my base layer pants didn’t shrink in the wash because they never made it into the wash after last weekend’s hike. Ooops.
My shoes have enough miles on them to justify a new pair. I’m going to size up ½ size and see how they fit with socks plus liners.
Yes, I bought that rechargeable mini-pump (sheepish grin). Let’s hope the extra 2.82 ounces will be worth it!
Why are my rain pants too small? Three reasons: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, plus Chris’s birthday celebration. That bonus sale at REI is looking mighty good right now.
There is no answer to my breakfast query. I’ll just have to deal with it.
Have I finally found my hiking bra?? Thanks to advice from the women on the Appalachian Trail: Women’s Group, I ordered a sports bra from AllBirds. Who knew AllBirds even made bras? This might be the one, friends!
Leukotape where have you been all my hiking life! This stuff feels like something out of a Harry Potter movie. No more blisters for me; I got my leukotape!
Tonight I expect the anxiety fairy to drop off a whole new batch of worries. For today, I’m good!
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