i never thought this moment would come – but i’m ready.  i have finished packing and feel a saddening sense of accomplishment at fitting all i will need into two 50 lb suitcases (right up to the weight limit!), when i normally fill my car with all of my belongings to trek down to gordon.  a lot of thinking about what i really needed was involved, and it’s difficult to imagine taking everything out again so soon to make use of it for the next 9 months.

my seat, next to my friend laura, has been reserved (online check-in), and my boarding pass and itinerary printed.

i have never been so ready for something so big so early. and it terrifies and calms me at the same time.