wowiee--u do have alot goin' on....you'll get there! It is my burfday weekend as well. i 'll be the BIG 3-0 on the 28th...ekkkkkkk. Didnt ever think i would make it this far. As far as plans--just being with good friends & "good" drinks! lol
welcome Melissa, I'ma student in Arizona, I am a little over 1/2 way done with Theory and excited to get into speedbuilding. There are some great posts here to answer questions that will come up, definately worth spending some time reading here!
Go to Stenograph.com for a steno bag. I have a rolling backpack for my machine. It's pretty spacious. I want to get the Executive bag when I start working to fit my laptop, machine, and other necessities in.