It is time. I have checked off the last item on the various lists of things to do, except for the things that I can still do in the car. Or at the airport or on the plane.
So, it seems that I am still not ready.
For some strange reason, it has not registered that I am flying to the other side of the world today. I slept in this morning, casually packed things into my bags, responded to e-mails, and wandered around the house. Not the typical pre-vacation routine. However, I will have plenty of time to let it sink in. My total travel time from take-off in Chicago to landing in Bangkok is 26 hours. I have a nice 10 hour layover in Beijing during the middle of the night. That will be fun, and when I say "fun," I mean "long."
People have asked me if I'm nervous, and maybe I should be more. Perhaps I'm not, because I haven't really thought about all of the things that could go wrong. Here are my biggest concerns as of right now.
1. I will not have access to coffee.
2. It will rain a lot.
3. I will not have access to coffee.
As you can see, I have really prepared myself for the worst case scenarios. This should be interesting.