Change of plan.
Ma hurt her back and cannot travel so I must visit my sister alone. Bother. How tarnished is my buzz. Somewhat less so as Polly can make it to the category five vacation (i.e. the Scottish trip). But still, poor Mama. The week has been spent remaking travel arrangements and tending to a mostly bedridden parental unit. People have said I look tired and less excited than expected in light of my approaching overseas adventure. It is true, I am both.
Emma-Jean gave me a new camera for my birthday (early). She rocks and is awesome. Expect many photographs of foreign parts in the near future.