Well, almost off - we leave tomorrow morning very early, Lord willing. We is my parents, my daughter, Rose, and I. We're going on a holiday cruise; we fly to Calgary tomorrow where Rose meets up with us. Then we fly to Tokyo. We start the cruise on the 15th (we miss the 14th entirely because of the international date line) from Kobe. The cruise ends in Vancouver on May 1.
So my parents arrived yesterday from Saskatoon. The weather was horrible (it's been more horrible than not lately), and they ended up taking the bus from Saskatoon to get here, because it was "travel not recommended" for the highway. It's been "travel not recommended" far too often this winter. Bram left to write his second final exam this morning, travelling a highway that was "travel not recommended" for the umpteenth time.
Mom and I have been busy getting things done and ready to go. Last night I took her to pick up a very nice pair of velour pants and matching sweatshirt for her to wear when we do our circuits of the ship in the mornings for our morning exercise. Dad needs to get himself a fleece jacket because he forgot his at home and his parka is really too heavy to take with him. This morning I did my taxes. Mom brought the software, and I had everything ready to go and it only took me an hour. I get money back, and I'm happy.
I've got my suitcase packed, got supper started for tonight, and the freezer is full of meals for when I'm gone for my household. My to-do list is completed (I think). (I just remembered - I need to buy a sump pump for my rental property and put it in the sump hole. Then my to-do list will be done.) Bram's got the whole carpool thing arranged (he's tutoring one of his classmates every night in exchange for a ride to and from school), and he only has one more week of exams until he's done anyway. Then he'll start work, but he has two weeks off first and he's planning to fly to Yellowknife for his time off.
So, it's time to take a deep breath and relax. Let the holidays begin!