The roommate is getting ready for a trip of several weeks... she's going to the UK with her family. They are going to reconnect with their Scottish roots among other things. It's a very big deal to all of them, and this year's Christmas and birthdays have all featured gifts designed to equip them for the journey.
With each item that has shown up for Deb's collection I've felt a mix of "shucks, who needs that?" - haven't I gone around the world several times without such niceties? - and, oh my, yes... envy.
So when it became evident I was going to be heading off on a trip at the same time and similar duration I thought: hmmm. Maybe I'll buy myself something nice as a treat, to make up for flinging my body halfway around the planet. What would make the trip more pleasant or comfortable? Just one thing, I thought... but which one?
Somehow as I've started browsing the web sites of Deb's favorite suppliers - Magellan and Rick Steves, I feel my sales resistance wearing down. Yesterday was payday after all...