I printed up all my calendars. I have a stack of books and magazines. I have King Creole blasting away on the stereo - that keeps me focused on packing. Should have listened to Pam and done it sooner - don't tell her. It amazes me how many tech-toys I have to pack for something like this too. Computers, cameras, flash attachments, iPod, digital voice recorder, and on and on it goes. I am so glad the airlines don't weigh my backpack. I avoid the puddle-jumper airlines because the backpack has trouble fitting in their overheads. I almost broke a bin on a flight to North Dakota not too long ago. See you all in the Big Easy!!