But so is 1:27 AM, which is when I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep until maybe five minutes before the 3:15 alarmwent off. You know, it's so awesome when that happens.
As Miss O was coming down the stairs, she yelped, "Ali's at the door!" I pretty much thought she was hallucinating, but no... in fact, Ali and Sarah were both there, waiting to see us off. It was such a small thing but it left a giant smile on my face. Street People are truly the best.
We are now plopped in the Delta club in the Minneapolis airport while we wait for our flight to Tokyo. From there, it's on to Beijing. John made me a lovely (and very spicy) bloody mary and I'm mooching all the free bagels and dried fruit I can. If we have to have a layover, this is the way to do it. Big chairs, cocktails, free wi-fi, and snacks.
One of my coworkers from the Beijing lab just emailed to say he's taking the day off on Friday to spend with us (that's huge) and that we'll be having dinner Friday night with a whole bunch of my colleagues that I've never met because, well, they live in China. Luckily John and Olivia are an agreeable lot and didn't protest too much. (I am so relieved to have a friend as a guide on that Friday, and I am indebted to him for all the good information he's given me on restaurants and dishes and places to visit.
You all, this is shaping up to be the best -- but scariest, and potentially hardest -- trip ever.