not this sunday but next sunday WickedNErd and I are going up to Iowa. I'll be there for 8 days she'll only be able to be up there for a couple. I've been invited to teach about some aspects native cultures up there at one of their living museums. I'll also be working on a project with a Romani friend of mine. She's made a large contribution to Romani studies in the US and will be traveling through Europe speaking about the Romani in the US and Europe. i just learned she's been talking up my visit and so now i'm nervous. I don't want people to have these amazing expectations then be disappointed. I'm not an expert. I am only talking about what I picked up from my years of traveling and volunteering with various Indian ed programs and museums. This has had me stressed to no end, getting things arranged and organized, making sure the animals will be set while i'm gone, arranging for people to help with my animals, help my parents and make sure the bills are mailed out on time. this is the first time I'm traveling out of state to give any sort of demonstration/lecture other than on the powwow trail. those who know me, know i'm a nervous traveler (ii'm a nervous person to begin with) coupled with my short term memory problems i'm going crazy making sure i'll have everything i need. so far I've already started packing my regalia and some tools. I'm borrowing some artifacts and educational tools from a friend who is a curator of a local museum, and i'm brushing up on my Tsalagi, storytelling, and history. I haven't really done anything like this since My car accident. I'm afraid I won't be up to par. I don't have the stamina I use to. Couple that with me being nervous and high strung and it can be emotionally exhausting. still it's exciting. I've be extremely mentally bored as of late. While I'm a nervous traveler i dearly miss traveling, demonstrating/lecturing, learn about other groups, seeing new places, doing new things. I loved it when we were younger Wickednerd would get to come and would demonstrate different arts and techniques too. we even belonged to a Cherokee singing group once! That as so much fun to get up and sing! The last couple of days Wickednerd is coming back up to help me set up and take down a camp and displays. i just hope nothing disastrous happens to the house while I'm gone. With my crazy animals, you never know.