Less than a week to go before we leave Seattle for six months in Australia, hitting New Zealand for two weeks on the way. Progress: Margaret has arranged a fun-looking high-rise apartment in the West End of downtown Brisbane and we have arranged for tenants to stay in our Seattle house. It's January, so the kids will start at the beginning of a new school year, after Australia's summer vacation. Packing? Well, yes, there's still that - back to work.