And it looks like my sister and father solved the plush toy dilemma for me. I'll be taking along a plus loon with the intention of making another book for my niece. Now I just need to narrow down the list of books I plan to lug along.
I finally figured out why some artists weren't showing up as artists on my ipod. It was really starting to annoy me. For some reason, if an album is checked off as a compilation, the individual artists don't show on the artist list. Now I can find Luther Wright and the Wrongs' Rebuild the Wall with minimal effort. If you haven't listened to that album, you must. It's a bluegrass version of Pink Floyd's The Wall done by a bunch of Canucks and it is even cooler and stranger than it sounds.
Well, there is still much prep and packing to do, so I shall leave it at that for now.