Well, it’s midnight and the items strewn across my bed include my most respectable gi (that’s the one with the fewest tears and grass stains), my best sports bra, one of those tiny tubes of toothpaste that they let you take in your hand baggage, the vicodin and antibiotics my dentist gave me for the root canal I had this morning, and my flight itinerary and passport. My alarm is set for 4.40 am (good god, is it really? Yes, ‘fraid so.) All this can mean only one thing – I’m off to Virginia in the morning (though strictly, I consider 4.40am to be borderline morning/borderline middle of the f**king night) for the Ferrum college TKRI seminar this weekend. Very excited about this now.

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