I’m all packed. Well, except for my hair brush, and my make up, and the stuff I’ll need to use right before I leave. But I’m ready to go.I’ve slept perhaps 5 hours in the last 72 – I got up at 3 am the other morning to pack a card reader my camera needs so I can download the pictures to my laptop. Didn’t want to leave it to the morning in case I forgot it.I’ve got plain t-shirts, cotton blouses, shiny blouses for those ‘dressy’ times, black pants, blue pants, khaki pants. Extra shoes. Brand new socks and underwear (okay, that’s probably TMI) but I’m prepared! I’ve packed a change of clothes in my laptop case in case my baggage goes to a different destination. (It’s happened to me before unfortunately. And I have travel insurance that’s suppose to cover my expenses should I need to replace anything if it decides to go wandering.)

I’ve tucked Edward Rutherfurd’s The Forest into my purse to read on the plane. I loved his Sarum and London, wasn’t so impressed with his Princes of Ireland, let’s hope The Forest is more like the first two. I feel weird about taking a book when I’m going to be getting so many in Dallas, but I need something to do while I’m hanging around for my flight, and again on the plane. And I don’t want to read a romance that’ll make me feel bad about my own writing.

I’ve backed up my computer to the family’s external hard drive, so ‘just in case’ I haven’t lost any data. I’ve put a power-on password on it, so if it’s stolen no one can use it. That won’t be much help to me if my computer is stolen, but if I can thwart a thief from enjoying his ill-gotten booty, I’m going to use any method possible. I’ve even written my name in indelible ink on a hidden spot of my laptop – this because I’ve read of people who will try to claim your laptop as theirs when you go through security.

I’ve checked the websites about banned items and put any liquids – shampoo, etc – in a plastic bag – all right, it’s the see-thru plastic bag that came with the suitcase, and it’s in my checked baggage so it shouldn’t matter, but I’ve been careful that nothing will cause me problems with security. (Did you know that on my trip to Vancouver/Calgary last year, on the airplane ride home, I discovered I had a leatherman tool in my purse the whole time? That’s like a swiss army knife and none of the security checks challenged it. This was right as security was heightened because of the liquid bombs scare last August.)

I’ve added a collapsible nylon bag to my suitcase so I can carry back all the swag attendees are supposed to come away with.

I’ve printed out about three different versions of business cards to hand out. I’ve printed two copies of my pitch on index cards and tucked one into my purse and another into my laptop case so I can study them on the plane.

Oh, yes, and I’ve got my tickets and money, and passport.

I know I’ve forgotten something, but I just can’t think of what it is yet. I’ll find that out tomorrow either once I’ve landed, or more likely just as the plane takes off. Oh, well, I’ll deal with it, whatever it is.

**Edited/Added at 10 pm** Squeee, I’ve got my boarding pass. Air Canada introduced a new web check-in so you don’t have to stand in line at the airport. So from the comfort of home, I entered all the endless questions about passport numbers and ticket reference numbers, and how many bags I needed to check and at the end I printed out my boarding pass! Now I can bypass the check-in and go to a specific spot at the Air Canada counter and hand over my baggage. Squeee! (Yes, I do travel a lot, but generally with my husband who had an Air Canada frequent flier card that let him bypass a lot of the lineups.)

Hopefully I’ll be able to get online tomorrow night and tell you how the flight went, and complain about how hot it is in Dallas.

If you’re going to Dallas and are reading this, stop me and say hi. For all my friends back not going, talk to you soon!

One more sleep …
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5 thoughts on “One more sleep …

  • July 9, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    I am so damned nervous, Leah!!! Hahaha! I talk like hell when I’m nervous, I hope I don’t make a muck of things.

    Do you have a # yet to call you?? I don’t have mine yet. I am borrowing a friend’s cel phone and still need to get the number. Can I email it to you tomorrow night?

  • July 9, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    I gave you a personal message on my blog, Leah. Go check it out when you have a moment.

    And give a big hug to Red for me, will ya?

  • July 10, 2007 at 3:41 am

    HUGS!! Good luck and have a fantastic time! Hug Red for me too! And pictures!

  • July 10, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Have fun, you’re in Dallas right now … remember all my good energy will be flowing to you on Saturday. ROCK THE HOUSE WOMAN!!!

    Have fun!!! So envious, say hi to all our friends going to Dallas and TRW sisters for me!!

  • July 11, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I’m here..my flight was delayed a bit yesterday, I’ll post about it tonight …

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