The rumors are true, I am going to Australia on Monday! I gave it careful consideration and decided it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. There was only one problem, I didn't have a passport. After some investigating I found a local travel agency that, for a price, would get me a passport in 24 hours. I also spoke with Maura to see if she wanted to go with me. She is a more seasoned traveler than I and I thought having her along would be helpful as well as a lot of fun. Once she got the okay to take the time off from work things got really hectic. Seriously, try planning a two week stay in a foreign country, when you have no passport, in one week. It's not easy. Text messages and e-mails were flying back and forth for days. We were also communicating with Dawn Summers and Bacon Bikini Mary trying to coordinate some accommodations. Saying it was a stressful week would be an understatement but I am nearly ready to go. Well, except for the packing, copying of all my important documents, getting some cash from the bank, and any other little thing that pops up between now and our flight to LAX.
I am really, really excited and want to thank Al and Full Tilt for making this possible, though mostly Al. He has been the go-between all week, making sure we were all booked on the plane and putting up with some of my general craziness when things were stressful. I really appreciate the opportunity to do something that I never thought I would get to do and I can never thank Al enough!