I'm on my way to the UK - woo hoo! I'll be there for a conference in Sheffield and a user group meeting in London. But the thing I'm really looking forward to is seeing my family - especially my two nieces Miriam and Daisy who live in Conwy, North Wales. It is a small town with its very own 800+ year old castle (ruined) and walls built round the town. I last saw Daisy and Miriam at Christmas and I am very excited to see them and how much they've grown in 6 months that have passed in the meantime.
Because I'll be gone for 9 days I'm overpacking - not clothes so much as reading, knitting, and listening material. I live in fear of being stuck somewhere and being bored. As a result I always overpack the entertainment things. This time I'm taking 3 books on tape - actually I'm ripping 3 books to my iPod. They are:
- A Morbid Taste for Bones - by Ellis Peters, a brother Cadfael mystery (9 hours)
- Around the World in 80 days - by Jules Verne (7 hours)
- Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling - by Ross King (7 hours)
I'm taking a brand new knitting project. I'm also taking along a book to read all by myself, Pattern Recognition by William Gibson as recommended by Charles. This collection should keep me busy on my plane flights and layovers in NYC and on the nearly 14 hours of train rides across England and Wales that I'm planning to take.