I'm sitting here, thinking that by rights I should be sound asleep at Mar's house, having watched her pack to drive to FibreFest North tomorrow. And you know what? To tell the truth it's a bit of a relief that I'm still here and I've got a few days off work next week before we fly to the US on 9 October. I've got time to make final preparations for the conference presentation, to give my wardrobe a change of season go-over, to relax and feel rested before I leave. There's always an upside.