Last night I bought plane tickets for a flight that leaves tonight. I've never done something this substantial with such short notice. It's been a little crazy the past few days, with classes starting (or rather "class," as I only have one this semester) and my field work finally kicking into gear. But one piece of good news came out of my first class on Monday: while the class is scheduled for Monday-Wednesday-Friday, it only sometimes meets on Friday, to make up for the Mondays and Wednesdays that the professor misses due to travel. And there's no class this Friday.
So suddenly everything was perfect--I had a long weekend, the Housemate was free to take a long weekend, and our window of opportunity to use a friend's temporarily empty apartment was still open. We bought tickets and got a rental car in a hurry, and tonight we're off. I'm not sure what my internet access will be there, but I'll update with more info when I can. Now I have to get some lab work done before I go home to pack. Catch you later.