Sydney leaves tomorrow morning for a conference in Toronto, where he’ll be giving a paper in front of a lot of other medievalists. I’ll be here in Iowa, sorting through our things and slowly getting them in suitcases. Sydney gets back on Sunday and we leave on Tuesday!
I am, as usual, dealing with major life changes by focusing on the little things. As we settled into some evening TV we cleaned our shoes and waterproofed them. You wouldn’t want to go to England, notorious for its rain, without treating your shoes! But I’m sure there will be plenty of last-minute cramming into suitcases to unravel such anal-retentive work. We already know, for example, that our books comprise nearly all of the weight that we can possibly haul in our suitcases–leaving little or no room for clothes and other belongings.