Morning broke early in Pop room 2436. My alarm went off at 6:40, and Ma immediately started in with the "good morning, wake up wake up!" that she's done to me my entire life. She'd already been up, taken a shower, and gotten ready by this time. After her cheery "good morning!", I grunted in her direction about "having a process", "I'm not getting up yet", and generally had my "leave me alone" voice on. I covered my head with the blanket until my snooze alarm went off five minutes later. That was my process; one snooze five minutes after the first alarm. I got out of bed and then it hit me - today was CR day! That perked me right up! As suggested in the Pop literature, I called a cab and asked them to meet us at 7:15 a.m. for a ride to the Contemporary. My story to Mom was that we could walk right to MK from CR, and we wouldn't have to wait for a bus at Pop or worry about being late. It had been my plan the entire time, even before I booked CR - I wanted to make rope drop pretty bad! We gathered all our things and headed downstairs. I think Mom may have asked me once what to do about the bags; I think I told her not to worry, but inside I was nervous and excited. She definitely is not the type to ask a bunch of questions, so it had gone smoothly so far! We paused at the elevator for pics with our mug. Here's Mom: And me: In that picture, I'm definitely thinking "I'm not going to be able to pull this off for much longer." We went through Everything Pop, where there were already plenty of people out and about. We grabbed a quick drink: Then we headed for the front desk area. At this point, I had little to no idea how I was going to get out the door with these bags without Mom asking questions - but I was sure going to try!