I had a very long list of things to do today with a hope of leaving the state tomorrow morning. Balt and I were up at the crack of dawn, sipping coffee and contemplating how to start our vacation. After a nice walk, I got ready to go to the DMV just as it opened to pick up new plates. My old plates were damaged from the Winter bumper collisions. I finished mapping out our trip and then took the girls out to the Pancake House for a wonderful meal. I purchased our hotel reservations and got Jessi a flight back to Annapolis then went to get the car checked out because I started hearing a scraping noise when I braked last week. Sure enough, my brakes are finished, worn out, completely gone. The drums needed are being ordered from Chicago and will be in in the morning. So it looks like we won't get out of town until after noon, but we won't die from brake failure either. I took the girls to Barnes and Noble to get reading supplies for the trip and then to school to get a final look at my show which is nearly complete. I have two missing works I hope to frame and add once I get back, but the invites are out.
As I started packing, I realized I would be gone for 3 weeks-- 21 days! I'm not sure I've been away that long ever. I'm not really taking all that much. The bag of food for Balt is huge and I've got quite a bin of pills. Erika is quite relieved I'm taking Balt with me. She says the cats aren't a problem to take care of but I know they will really miss Monika a lot. It's going to be hard transition once I get back getting hit with going back to an empty house and going back to work all at once, but I shouldn't be thinking about that! I'm on vacation!