Matt and I spent last night in the quiet frenzy of packing. Three suitcases of clothes and other assorted stuff, the carrycase for Alex's mini-tent/cot thingy, my camera bag, a bag of books and crafts for Penny, a bag for her diabetes supplies, Matt's laptop bag, and a present for our niece. Plus whatever else they might decide to put in the car at the last minute. If they haven't left already, it will be soon. Matt went out last night to get some cash from the ATM and top up his gas tank.
I'm not sure where they're stopping tonight, but I don't expect they'll get there until dinnertime or later. I hope it all goes smoothly. Matt was talking about trying to set up a video chat if the hotel's internet connection is stable enough.
Penny's insanely excited; she was up at 5:30 this morning. I'm hoping that will help her be able to take a nap in the car during the drive. I didn't think to ask Matt if he had any kid-friendly movies ripped to his iPod or on his laptop.
When I took Alex to daycare this morning, several of the kids in his class wanted to know where Penny was -- our morning ritual includes Penny coming with me to drop Alex off and to give him hugs and kisses, and three or four of the other two-year-olds beg hugs from Penny, as well. I thought it was cute that they missed her.
So Alex and I are on our own for the rest of today and tomorrow, and then Friday morning I'll pack a bag with my wallet and phone and a few things for Alex, and then we'll head to the airport to rejoin Matt and Penny in Chicago for a week.
I expect Friday and Saturday will both be slightly crazy -- one of Matt's best friends is getting married, and Matt's in the wedding, so there's the rehearsal dinner on Friday and then the wedding/reception on Saturday. But the rest of the trip should be fairly relaxed and fun.
Just a quick addendum, since I don't really know where else to mention it: the layoffs hit my office, finally, after more than a week of breath-holding. We lost four people for certain, and three more got put on furlough (unpaid vacation) for the next month or so, in the hope we'll get work in soon.
Seriously, if we don't get some sizable new contracts soon, the whole office might fold.
...I keep waffling on whether that would really be a bad thing.