Be afraid...be very afraid....I'm being allowed to leave the country!
And not only am I being allowed out, but I'm going in the guise of a proper professional!
I'm going all the way to Australia, to attend the ALLA and NZLLA joint conference in Melbourne, thanks to some fabulous and generous bursaries from the lovely BIALL and SLLG, yay!
It's kind of worrying when you look at a conference programme and think "ohhhh, I'd really like to go to that!". I'm concerned that it may be a sign of becoming grown up. But, never fear, the business cards I've had made up will soon put paid to any such ideas in the people I meet, oh yes indeedy!
It is actually ever so slightly terrifying: I know no-one at the conference, my hotel booking's gone a bit wonky already, and I arrive at 1am in the morning, after waaaaay too many hours of travelling...thankfully I've scheduled in a bit of recovery time, otherwise I'd be sporting the Zombie Librarian look.
Actually, maybe that's the in-look in Australia at the moment, I shall have to find out.
I have also been told to bring back a kangaroo, koala, wombat, and duck-billed platypus....these may be tall orders. Although I am meeting up with a marine biologist friend while I'm there, wonder if he can pull some strings on the platypus front?