Alex Ironquill woke up at around 4:30 A.M. today, and couldn’t fall back to sleep. She stayed in bed until a few minutes before 6 A.M., deciding that sleeping was pretty much pointless. She then had tea for breakfast, dashed out the door, managed to forget something again, (aka headphones), and watched the sunrise for the first time in.....six months or something? Likely also the last time in six months. Alex’s father decided that we wern’t going to check any bags (to save time), so she has stuffed her clothes into a small pink Strawberry Shortcake suitcase with squeaky wheels. (I’m sure it looked pretty hilarious to see the little thing bouncing along behind me as we walked through the parking garage. ) She is now waiting to board.