Adventure Update: 75% excited beyond all reason and reckoning, 25% anxiety-fueled panic attacks while hiding under desks.
How in the Valar’s name did Bilbo manage it?
That being said, hello all! The final week count-down is on and things are rolling along so quickly that I can barely keep up with it all. What can you do? Time and tide wait for no man or hobbit as they say. Do you know what else they say? Nobody parties as hardy as a hobbit! I think we should test out that theory and see for ourselves whether or not it is actually true.
What do you say? Are you ready for this? Are you ready to go adventuring?!?!
I hope so because I am afraid I’ll totally shake apart right when the plane gets ready to take off. Deep breathing, that’s the key. Just breathe.
Packing is now well underway even though I am still getting the hang of it. It is rather difficult trying to figure out how to position hiking boots in such a way that they don’t intrude on the stash of books at the bottom of the case. Never mind all of the electronic gadgets that need special care and handling. This is why it is important to never travel with anything that is super breakable unless you absolutely have to. If you parkour down a mountain or jump off a cliff and onto an eagle’s back there is a fairly good chance things could and will get broken. Or worse. Always insure your stuff!!!
Anyways, onward to happier things. One thing that I have finally mastered is the art of the Epic Playlist Of Awesome.
Let’s be honest here. Being stuck in transit for hours and days on end is not fun. But with the properly tailored musical accompaniment it can be rather enjoyable to down-right hilarious. So you can probably guess I have uploaded the entire Howard Shore Middle Earth soundtrack collection. I also went with a vast selection of fun Irish tunes, reels, jigs, and airs along with a number of other soundtracks on top of my ever present heavy metal collection that follows me like a second shadow. All in all there’s over 14 hours of music. Now that’s something to get excited over!
Something to keep in mind when going off on adventures is to make sure you have two sets of headphones. A set of ear-buds for those walking soundtrack montages in public as well as padded noise-cancelling headphones for the plane. Never listen to your music on a high setting or for longer than an hour straight without giving your ears a break, especially when using the ear-buds. If you notice ringing in your ears turn the music off and put everything away. Better to give your hearing a rest and if white noise is a distraction invest in some earplugs that you always keep in a hidden pocket in your backpack. Those things work wonders when trying to fall asleep beside strangers.
I’m still getting my Hobbit know-how up to snuff with these fine ventures. Think you can keep up with me?
Listening: Music from The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings
Now if there is one thing that I have learned from my many experiences with all things Middle Earth it is this. There is honestly nothing quite like a good hobbit sip and song down at the Green Dragon Inn. Be comforted in the fact that when I finally enter the Green Dragon for a pint (yes it does exist and I will be documenting the heck out of it for you) I will break out into song. Not just any song mind you. This song in particular. The Cat and the Moon from the Lord of the Rings Broadway musical. I dare you not to start dancing. It’s nigh impossible!