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T-8 !!

Week tomorrow I leave for my trip


I just cannot believe how slowly the time has passed, Though I know next week is going to be a rather busy one.
Firstly I have Jordan's birthday, So concentrating on that for Tuesday. Then its all go for getting ready to leave.

The list of electronics suggested to take is long and I am wondering how to pack it all! New suitcase needed. Luckily I have a decent large bag for hand luggage so my gadgets can all go in there (Mackbook, IPad, DSLR, IPhone etc... )

Passport and birth certificate ready to go after a panic this week of not being able to locate my birth certificate. Thanks to the Central Register Office, I applied for a new one and had it within 2 days. A big thank you to them. Without that I wouldn't have been going to NASA!! So one less thing to worry about.

Everything at home is sorted out. I have someone coming to stay in my home to look after the boys (Reggie and Concrete - My cats)! Jordan is really looking forward to going to stay with his sister, Though not looking forward to going back to school! He also still thinks it is unfair he cannot come too. I have had to promise to take him away in October to make up for it. The other children then stated favouritism so they need a holiday too!! I explained they made the choice to leave home and live with their partners!!

Tonight I was going to be making my final list of things to take with me but I am now working on Hurricane Irene with Humanity Road and SBTF. These are organisations I help when somewhere in the world has a crisis. Monitoring the situation and reporting on them, Getting essential information to people, Advising of safe locations, Open hospitals etc... A worthwhile cause and a dedicated team of people who give up much of their time. [b](www.humanityroad.com) I have helped with the Chicago Blizzards, Japan and Libya. I am fortunate to be able to give help from my home to anywhere in the world after great training from the team.

@gabrielleNYC and various others from the GRAIL group have been telling me about the HUGE Mozzies!!! I spent this afternoon looking for the best spray as I do not want to get eaten alive! Apparently "Boots own brand of extra strong jungle formula" works the best but I am open to any other suggestions! I have seen images of the bites they leave and I really don't want any!

Meanwhile while I am getting ready, Everyone at NASA is getting organised.

GRAIL Payload Fairing Installation Photos

Click for photos

We have also been told that The 1st U.S. woman in space- Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride will also be in attendance at the #GRAIL #NASATweetup on 9/8 with @RealNichelle! What an amazing experience to meet Sally as well
Click for Sally's Bio.

I am looking forward to being in the same time zone of most attendees as it takes me about half an hour to catch up on our Facebook page at what has been said and organised while I have been sleeping. Have made many friends already and not even met them yet.

Right back to work on Hurricane Irene - Looks like a long night ahead. Just hope everyone across the pond are ok. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Fidget 12:11 Archived in United Kingdom

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