Unless you live in a tent and move with the seasons, you will likely find yourself as part of travel preparations more or less formally arranging for the care of your possessions and pets.
We found ourselves recently explaining the surprising complexity of caring for our cats - three insiders and three outsiders. Our pet sitter was also instructed to bring in the mail and water the plants. Then, of course, we forgot to describe the quirks of the cats in sufficient detail, so we composed a note with the additional details to be left on the table before we departed for Seattle.
We ourselves are presently pet sitting for our daughter, and make two trips each day to feed their two dogs and the old cat, a task that requires a rather intricate choreography.
Simultaneously, we are car sitting for our neighbor who has flown off to South America.
Life in the city is complicated.