I guess I am not going to be couch surfing this trip, beyond one night with my lovely Madison friends, who have said it’s fine to stay on their couch, even if I have birds with me. Otherwise, I’m hotelling it. And driving very carefully. And not getting out of the car for very long at a stretch. … The trip will be tougher on me, but having the birds with me will also be somewhat therapeutic. Who can get lonely with near-constant chirping, right? :)

As far as the car goes, there is apparently a long line at the finance office at the Subaru dealer, but I’m really, really crossing my fingers that that’ll work out. I trust Grover to carry me, more or less; I don’t trust Grover to carry me and my three birds.