Being at work also got me an invite to a small dinner party. That lasted five hours tonight and was quite nice. It was at the house of an emeritus professor guy I know. The house was very cozy: small with wood trim inside; old enough that there were places set aside for servants; full of antiques, knicknacks, and children's artwork; porch overlooking a coniferous backyard with a lawn that was a mix of the grasses and weeds that naturally grew there (a prime place for deer to stop by I am told); outdoor cats. I seriously felt like I was visiting some relative in New England.
Getting ready for my trip... am excited and only slightly nervous because I think I'm just going to be showing up at the designated place and time without confirmation.