I have fixed my final work thing. After freaking out all day it turned out to be over with in one phone call and four emails. That was definitely the best case scenario!
So, now that that is over and done with I finally feel as if I'm on holiday. Woohoo.
I have my first week fixed (NY -> Boston -> DC), I'm reading up about my destinations in my new travel guides (yes, multiple - why is there not one guide with all these three cities, apart from the huge USA-book?) and am listening to a brand new and very happy CD by the Black Kids (thanks to Autres Choses for the discovery!)