I’m off to the MIT Mystery Hunt (more at Wikipedia) this weekend. This will be the first time I’ve participated locally and the first time in a while that I’ve participated at all. No ALA conference in January and no boyfriend on school vacation equals time for puzzling and the first trip out of town for me in 2007! This will mean more than two days away from my precious pool, but I stored up some swim miles so I should be fine. Only 114 miles to go. Watch me become slowly insufferable about this as the year goes on, watch me. I made a packing list for the hunt. For the first time in a long while my packing list does not include “notes for talk” or “dress pants” and for this I am grateful.
This is not to say that there won’t be travel and work and dress pants in the future. Next month I’m going to Manhattan, Kansas to talk to librarians about Library 2.0 and maybe go to a teeny MetaFilter meetup. At the end of February Kate and I are going to Australia where I’m going to give a talk in Perth and a talk in Adelaide. If we’re lucky we’ll get a mini road trip in before we come back a few weeks later. Meanwhile I am watching my things not pack themselves while I am typing, so I should attend to that. Wish me and team Codex Ixtlilxochitl luck!