I am already packed for the 2nd Annual Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland, Oregon. The reason why this is possible is because I'm the only on in the family traveling. Everything I need for three days is either rolled up inside a large orange handbag or in my travel guitar gig-bag. I'm sure I'll realize I've forgotten something once I'm on the train, but the important stuff is there. I packed early because I was concerned I'd forget the two signed books I'm bringing for the Saturday night dinner raffle: A La Carte by Tanita S. Davis, and It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
As much as I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow bloggers, I'm wistful that I will be missing my daughter's annual Michaelmas festival this year. I appreciate the school festivals that mark the changing of the seasons.
Next week, Bede and I get to see Robert Plant and Alison Krauss in concert. Finally! Soon after, I'll have my first storytime program with Pierce County Library System on Saturday, October 4, and a birthday party performance the next day.