As usual, Holly did a fantastic job of packing about 180lbs+ in the suitcases. I packed the easiest one, my computer case. Even that was over flowing.
Here’s a picture of Holly going ready to her magic. The following is what was taken to St. Philip’s: drain snake, clipper for small branches, 3 orbital sanders, metric and SAE open end wrenches, 2 cordless drills, 2″-4″-6″ C-clamps, box of 1/2″ and 1″ self tapping screws, 3 tape measures, 3 7″ blades for the skill saw, 4 1/2″ grinder, caulking gun, 23 rubber stair treads, along with two boxes of toothpaste and 50 toothbrushes that were kindly donated by my dentist.
Unfortunately, I was unable to take 21 rubber stair treads, 2′ long bolt cutters and a 10″ table saw. The table saw was too large for the airline and it was going to cost $300.00 to ship a $200.00 table saw. These will go on the next trip after I buy a smaller table saw.
The three large suitcases weighted in at 49lbs each. My carry on and computer bag were searched. The TSA guy said, “Who packed this case.” Very proudly I said, “my I.T. girl.” He replied, “boy she sure does a great job.” I told him I totally agreed. After that, though, I had to repack the computer case. The TSA guy unzipped the carry on and tooth brushes came flying out so he decided to stop his inspection at this point. Thank goodness, because I would have had a tough time getting that back together.
I reached Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, without another hitch. There was a problem with my pickup – I had updated the principal with the correct day/time but there was a misunderstanding with the driver. I ended up waiting at the airport from 2am-7am Friday. Once my boss woke up and learned of the problem, he helped arrange arrange for me to go to a nearby hotel for some breakfast and to sleep until the driver was able to reach me. All in all, I left my home around 3:30 PM Wednesday and reached my destination around 2 AM Saturday.
Oh, and I have to tell you I had family friends’ kids Drew and Alicia create some small signs and door hangers saying “Pita sleeping please be quiet.” Of course these were written in Swahili, so now we joke the kids are bilingual. These worked out great because I was not woken by anyone talking on their phones on that first morning when I needed to rest.
So, now the fun is starting. On Sunday, I have scheduled jump rope time with all the kids.