I'm all packed to go! And despite the alarming quantity of clothing I'm taking (I can do laundry at Ginny's, but still, it's a two-and-a-half week trip. Also, I'm told Toronto's on the cool side for August lately, but who knows how it'll be in a couple of weeks?), my main suitcase weighs under 40 lbs, which is good, since that's the maximum weight for it on the train unless I want to pay extra fees. (Why the train's baggage weight allowance is lower than the plane's, I do not know. >.>)
I'm not planning on buying much while away, so hopefully I can keep from adding too much weight to my luggage other than the pair of shoes waiting for me at a Toronto Fluevog store. (I had my eye on these
for months and months, and then they went on sale so conveniently close to my trip, so I didn't have to pay for shipping! Also, I tried them on in May, so I'm as sure of my size as one can be without wearing shoes for an extended period. Here's hoping, since sale items aren't returnable if they're not
My to-do list still has plenty on it, but all of the vital pre-trip things are done, other than the rewrite that I have to turn in on Monday. (Eep.) My bags are packed, my clothes are laid out for tomorrow, my hair is freshly dyed, the final Feed
discussion post is up (as of only about half an hour ago), the rewrite due tomorrow is finished although not turned in...
One very annoying thing: I took my Swiss Army knife off my keychain to put it in my to-be-checked suitcase, and...it's gone. Poof. scruloose
figures it has to have wound up in
said suitcase, somewhere, because I can't find it anywhere at all (and hadn't packed my carry-on bag yet, which I now have, mostly). ;_; I know it's in the house somewhere, since I haven't left
the house, but I'm irrationally worried that it won't turn up. :/
It was a gift from K (the friend I'm staying with in Ottawa) before we even met each other, so I've probably had it for fifteen years or so. :/ She got it for me in Switzerland while visiting there--and had to argue with the person engraving it over the spelling of my name, which was funny because at that point we only knew each other at all in a text medium--and it's exactly my favorite shade of purple, and I will be very sad indeed if it's inexplicably gone forever.
And now I should really get to bed, since I want to get some work done before I head to the airport, but both kittens are here in the office with me. Jinksy is sprawled on the floor by my desk asking for belly rubs. I'm going to miss them horribly. (I'll miss scruloose
more, but I can at least talk
to him every day. Hail the cell plan!)
So here, have just a few more links that have accrued since I posted earlier:A cut scene
from the season 1 finale episode of Penny Dreadful
Over at ladybusiness
posted "'Who Speaks Chinese, Anyway?' and Other Mortifications from Luc Besson's Lucy"
. The second half of the very last line sums up why I went to see the movie (although before going I hadn't realized how dire it is on many fronts): "The moral of this story: [...] probably wait for VOD/DVD unless you want to make a political statement about women action leads being able to put bodies in theater seats."
(More specifically, I went in the name of "LOOK! I WILL PAY YOU TO SHOW ME SCARLETT JOHANSSON HEADLINING AN SF/ACTIONY MOVIE! LET ME DO IT AGAIN!", AKA my contribution to the "Where the hell is my Black Widow
posted "A quick nerdy note on wardrobe decisions in Elementary"
, with spoilers for episode 2x01.skygiants posted about Operation Mincemeat
: "The amazing true story of one REALLY DETAILED hoax perpetrated by the British upon the Germans. The initial idea seems to have gone basically like this:
Step 1: Obtain corpse
Step 2: Cover corpse with fake British war plans for the Germans to find and be confused by
Step 3: FALL OVER LAUGHING AND ALSO PROFIT"
Then more and more in-between steps began to proliferate[...]"