Coffee in the Chicago skyline mug (of course it is, if you are familiar with the reference in the title), no music, but in the midst of ripping the last cd's for the trip. Today I load up with Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Doris Day, Billie Holliday, Bill Cosby, Percy Faith, a little Disney and some Broadway musical soundtracks. This time on the way to Phillie I am going to expose my Mom to the iPod. I also have the Audible book I downloaded a week or so ago, but she says she doesn't like audio books. We'll see.
Woke at 5:00, said "Nah." and was able to get back to sleep. Woke at 6:30 with a heart-pounding start because I was not able to get anywhere on the outline for the book yesterday. The author guidelines I finally got around to reading state that interim deadlines, assignments, etc., all come from this document which is not yet finished, and the book is due in 106 days. Worried? No, not really. But panic-stricken, yes. (It's the irrational vs. the rational.)
No fewer than three people have asked me if I have a list of supplies for this trip. I always have a list of supplies for EVERY trip. And I always follow it. How things still get missed... But as I change my display every BMAC I need to redo my list this morning before packing the car and heading out. My set-up is tomorrow at 1:00--a scant hour after the show floor opens--and if all goes right, I will have all day Thursday to do nothing but prepare printed materials, finish website pages and diddle with the book outline. Here's to things going right. The summer show is also notoriously slow so I am expecting to get a lot of book tasks done as I sit in my booth and wait for orders.
Okay, enough meta-preparation. It's time for the Real Thing. Live from Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon...