Traveling is always fun, and I get to go more than most.

This past mouth I have been on the road, in the air and on the sea. All I can say is that for as much fun traveling is; the homecoming is the best part.

When we pulled up into the driveway we were greeted by the sounds of our three dogs barking to welcome us home. Our little hound dog jumped into the back of the truck after she jumped up on me and wagged her tail. The other two dogs danced on the back deck and could not wait to have a five-way rolling puppy fight with the two of us in the middle. They were very happy to see us but not as much as we were to pet them. Our critters have become part of our lives.

Last year I got the strangest e-mail from a man in Seattle, Wash. He said, "I used to do a Google search on my last name and I always came up first. Now when I do the Google search, your name comes up first; just who are you and what do you do?"

Come to find out he was a long lost cousin of my husband.

Brad Cilley is a travel agent, specializing in tours; his company is Northwest Travel Services, www.nwtravel.com/. He was working on a Cilley family cruise. We told him we would love to be a part of it. We met him last summer in Seattle when he came to one of our FlyFests at a bookstore. This is when we started planning the FlyLady Cruise.

We spent a wonderful week cruising to Alaska. I finally got to see a glacier. We traveled with lots of old friends and made many new ones. There was a fun time had by all. The hardest part for me was the lack of Internet connectivity, but I guess it is time for me to let go and have a good time without my computer. (If you ever get a chance to see Alaska, do it.)

Our favorite part was seeing the glaciers up close and flying over them in a float plane. My assistant's favorite part were the sled dogs and all the puppies. Laura and Bruce, our dear friends, celebrated their 25th anniversary on the Noordam. Laura's favorite part was the fishing trip.

Our vet, Clyde Brooks and his wife, Linda, and their son Keith were with us. Clyde wrote an amazing book that is about his life of "Tending Critters in the Ridges." (Check it out; www.tendingcritters.com/.) He loves his critters and ours, too.

We all had a wonderful time.

Tomorrow life gets back to normal; whatever that is. It starts with unpacking our suitcases. Robert's will be very easy to unpack. He wore everything but one short-sleeved shirt. His clothes filled one half of a suitcase. My clothing and stuff took over the other three-and-a-half suitcases plus a carry-on with my computer stuff.

Tomorrow I will separate what I wore from what I didn't wear and build a new travel Control Journal for myself. I know I can do this. Too many bags make traveling tougher than it needs to be. I am going to simpli-FLY.


For more help getting rid of your CHAOS; check out: www.FlyLady.net or "Sink Reflections" published by Bantam and "Body Clutter" published by Fireside. Copyright 2007 Marla Cilley. Used by permission in this publication.