Well, our first things are officially on their way to Melbourne! We packed up our books today and sent them on their way, after a long ordeal of trying to find out how to use our selected shipping option. We are sending our books in an M-bag via the US Postal Service. An M-bag is a special class of mail that you can only send non-commercial printed material in, and apparently a lot of the Postal Service staff has never been adequately trained on what an M-bag is! After extensive web research, phone calls, and three trips to the post office, Daniel was finally able to get the correct information we needed to get our books shipped.
And in case anyone's curious, here's what an M-bag looks like (before it's all sealed up at the top, at least):
6 days till we load the moving truck, 9 days till we take off!