The last month has been an absolute whirlwind. A graduate recital, a school music festival, a graduation, a move, a road trip to set up classes for my next degree, end of the year grading and prep for next school year, learning new music for Germany, tying up loose ends and taking care of final preparations for the music camps I'm running this summer, getting ready for a new puppy.... plus all the normal life stuff like grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning. I must confess, there were a few times where I thought perhaps I had finally been too ambitious, taken on more than I could handle, bitten off more than I could chew, been too ambitious with life goals. I wondered if it would all get done in time, and I was mildly panicking a few days ago when I was still in boxes and not able to find the things I needed to pack for Germany, such as passport and organ music. My sheer insanity (or stupidity as the case may be) had me wondering if I'd ever make get things done and be on that plane back to the happiest place on earth. A few very late nights and early mornings, (after all, sleep is highly overrated, especially for an eccentric musician) a few phone calls to friends, a few slap happy moments, a few tears, a lot of hugs and goodbyes from my kids, and a whole lot of chaos later my suitcase is packed and tomorrow at this time I will be somewhere over the ocean. I can't believe it. Last summer it seemed so far away, and now it's here. I am so excited, I may not get any sleep at all on the plane. I may drive Heidi crazy. Good thing she's used to it. :) Armed with a stack of amazing music and organ shoes, my new camera that I still don't entirely know how to work, my tiny computer, and passport, I'm ready for a few weeks of mountain top experiences. Look out, Germany. The unstoppable Emmy and Heidi will be there soon. I hope they got the memo and stockpiled the gelato. Because I plan to eat it all.