I don't really have much of an update, other than to say I'm going nuts waiting. I'm mid-way between 7 and 8 weeks from China. The good news is that the tour has been confirmed. I'd been anxiously awaiting word that we had enough travelers to go (the travel company needed 10 travelers) and I got confirmation that it's a go. So, next up, getting the visa, ordering travel sized stuff from Minimus.biz, and starting my piles of "stuff" for packing. As usual, the second bedroom will slowly become a staging area over the next month or so. I can hardly believe it, the staging area is on the horizon.
I know, I'm crazy.