Yesterday I got a lot done, mostly packing-wise. I have bought color-coded labels and stuck them on every finished box, which makes it all look vaguely professional and reassuring. I need more labels. I was talking to Thida about this the other day (she called, out of the blue, and it was very good to catch up with her while packing), and she extolled the virtues of her label-maker. Which made me think that I might very well love a label-maker. It sounds totally cheesy in some sense, but I suspect it would fill a need deep within my soul.
I also ran some errands downtown, including failing to re-register Kevin's car (said registration is so incredibly late that it turns out that now he needs to fill out and sign a special form before he can register it -- frustrating, because he's just registering it in order to sell it, because we have finally come to grips with the fact that it's utterly ridiculous for us to have two cars in the city when we almost never drive). I stopped at Borders and picked up two Scott Westerfeld books, sad that they didn't have Justine Larbalestier's book in paperback (maybe it's not out yet in paperback?), since I don't buy hardcovers. I also got a copy of TimeOut Chicago, because they're supposed to interview me late next week, and I wanted to familiarize myself with the magazine. They've got a nice little book section, with one reasonably long interview and three solid reviews. Plus a lovely free section where you can send in blurbs for your upcoming readings and the like. I need to remember to send in listings for both my launch party and the Kriti festival. Something else for the to-do list.
When I got home, I had to deal with some of the upsetting stuff noted above, and afterwards, I just went into failure-to-cope mode. I ended up after dinner hiding in bed with Scott's Uglies, which I enjoyed very much. Not a book that pulls punches. I'm looking forward to the sequel, especially since he left us with a cliffhanger in this one.
So far this morning, about three hours of packing, and now I'm going to settle down to do student stuff. I've read through a lot of it, but still have quite a few comments to write.