19 days until departure…and so much to do before then: make copies of important documents; call/see friends; finish backing up the photos/music/files on my computer; run a half-marathon; and PACK! That’s right — all the shopping I’ve done over the past month now has to fit into two suitcases (no more than 107 linear inches combined), my backpack and a (generously-sized) purse. Oh, and it all has to be about 80 pounds or less (technically it can be 100 lbs., but current volunteers tell me the PC gives us another 20 lbs. of stuff when we get there). Whaaat? They tell us not to over-pack, but that’s hard not to do when one is leaving the country for 27 months… Clothes, toiletries, technology, gifts, books… I tried to copy/paste my packing list, but Blogger doesn’t like the formatting. I’m sure I’m over-packing, but I guess I’ll find out when I try to put everything in suitcases and weigh them.